Find out more about Susan - your Hypnobirthing teacher at For Modern Mothers.
Lovely to see you here, and congratulations on your pregnancy. I'm Susan and my passion is to work with pregnant women and couples as they navigate pregnancy, labour, birth and after baby arrives the 'fourth trimester' and beyond into motherhood. I have taught pregnancy yoga and hypnobirthing to hundreds of women and couples. So you are in very safe and experienced hands! I passionately believe that Hypnobirthing changes and empowers both mother and father and can have the most profound effect on the baby which will last a lifetime. Teaching the simplicity of a calm and confident birth (however you birth your baby) to mothers and their partners is a real privilege and is deeply satisfying. I enjoy sharing Hypnobirthing with mothers and fathers to give them an experience that reduces fear, and instead informs and empowers them to bring new life into the world with joy and contentment.
Hypnobirthing is much more than a few techniques for a mother to use while giving birth. It is a complete antenatal and birth preparation that guides you to the birth you want - for you and your baby.
For all my antenatal and postnatal trainings I have chosen to be educated by the very best - all leading experts in their field, including Katharine Graves, Nadia Narain, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Michel Odent, Lolly Stirk and Peter Walker. This is really important to me, so that I can share their expert knowledge as leaders in their field with you in my Hypnobirthing classes. I bring the wealth of this experience to our relationship which enable me to address all manner of questions and concerns. I do my utmost to ensure that each and every couple leaves the course feeling empowered, inspired, calm and confident.
As well as absolutely loving my job working with pregnant women and couples I also teach regular yoga classes in studios around York and Harrogate. I am a mother of two girls (twins!), and I love the sunshine, being beside the sea, as well as a love of food and recipe books (which you'll benefit from during our time together with homemade goodies!), good strong coffee (sorry pregnant ladies!), good red wine (sorry again!). I also do a bit of creative doodling, graphic and furniture design too.
My Hypnobirthing training
I am a fully trained Hypnobirthing teacher with a Diploma in Hypnobirthing (with accreditation from the Royal College of Midwives - the highest accolade that vouches for the high standard, professionalism and quality of the course) and I am have professional membership of the HypnoBirthing Association.
I trained with KG Hypnobirthing who are the UK's leading hypnobirthing training course, established by Katharine Graves over 10 years ago. It's the most widely taught Hypnobirthing course to Midwives and has the most practitioners in the UK. And is basically brilliant! I blend this training with my own knowledge and practices of mindfulness, yoga breathing practices and deep relaxation, so you get a really brilliant course with lots of added extras.
My other professional training
I am a Pregnancy Yoga Teacher and Postnatal Yoga Teacher (and a regular yoga teacher too). I trained with one of the leading and most prestigious yoga studios in Europe - Triyoga in London. And with the brilliant Nadia Narain a highly respected teacher who has taught Pregnancy and Post Natal yoga for over 15 years. And also further training with Lolly Stirk, one of the most experienced pregnancy yoga teachers in the UK. I have also trained in Fertility Yoga with the amazing Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, and teach this special practice too.
As a trained Doula and I have wonderful knowledge about birth, pregnancy and the different ways of having your baby - and that choice is the most important thing. I trained with one of the leading Obstetricians in the world, Michel Odent (you may well have heard his name or read his many books. He basically invented water birth!). And his wife Liliana Lammers, one of the most established Doulas in London.
As a Baby Massage teacher I have trained with the wonderful Peter Walker who has over 40 years of experience in this field all around the world. A truly amazing man and course (which is accredited by Fedant).
I have also training Aromatherapy for Childbirth, again from a Royal College of Midwives approved course. So I can also share with you this knowledge and you can use essential oils during labour and birth to great effect.
I update my knowledge constantly with study days, CPD and courses to ensure that my clients have the benefit of the latest research. I have also trained as a Breast Feeding Peer supporter volunteer for Treasure Chest York. Supporting women to make the right choices for them, in feeding their babies.
And I help to run and host the brilliant FREE Positive Birth Movement group in York, find out more about that here.
I lastly, though no less importantly, I am also a mother of two small people.
Come and meet me
I'm delighted to be taking part in the Bump & Baby Expo in York on Sunday 7th April, 10am to 4pm. Come and have a chat to find out all about my courses, and to talk anything about birth and pregnancy. Find out more about this fab event at https://bumpandbabyexpo.co.uk/
As seen in…
I'm delighted to have had articles published on the brilliant Selfish Mother website.
We feature on the brilliant Little Vikings York website, and were a finalist in their brilliant annual wards too!