Birth Preparation with Joy
For Every Kind of Birth

Becoming a mum and the experience I had during labour and birth encouraged me to pursue a career in Childbirth Education. Several years of studying later,  Birth Preparation with Joy was born and some may say I had become a bit of a birth nerd!

My own birth experience was not what I had envisaged at all. When I look back, I realise that I approached labour with an 'I'm sure it will be ok on the day' attitude and in the end I found myself un-prepared and ill-informed. 

I wanted to be able to make a positive difference to the lives of other parents-to-be  by helping them preparing for birth in a positive and empowering way. Basically, I want to share with you all the things I wish someone could have shared with me. 

The arrival of our son in 2003 was only the start. I had never changed a nappy before or held many babies. I started my parenthood journey feeling like  I had a massive mountain to climb.  

I trained for my University Diploma in Antenatal Education with the NCT (National Childbirth Trust) and continue to facilitate antenatal courses for them and mentor new students in Central Scotland. I also run online birth support courses via Blossom Antenatal which developed as a proactive response to antenatal education during the Covid pandemic. 

 

I am an accredited independent hypnobirthing practitioner, an aromatherapy for birth specialist and have been fortunate enough to support parents across Scotland, the UK and Europe prepare for birth. 

I have facilitated Dads2B classes at St John's Hospital, West Lothian and I currently  represent the views of parents across the Lothians as a lay member of the NHS Lothian Maternity Voices Partnership 

I had a birth pool! It was all natural as planned and I don't think I could have asked for a better experience. I just wanted to say thank you again for helping us make this choice as I know it made all the difference. 

Sophie

I hope our paths do cross again. You have been such a phenomenal support & fountain of knowledge at such a special time in our lives. Can't thank you enough.
Zoe & Partner

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How I can Support You

THE COMPLETE BIRTH PREPARATION PACKAGE 

Antenatal Course plus Hypnobirthing 

I am really lucky to have the privilege of playing a small part in the birth journey of the families I support and I would love to be able to share my knowledge, skills and experience with you to help you have the birth experience you are hoping for and to give you confidence as you enter parenthood. You can relax knowing you will have my full support from when you course starts until the birth of you baby. 

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I now feel much more confident about birth & that would not have happened without you. You can tell you care which sounds like an obvious thing but not always a given
Heather & Partner

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Qualifications

DipHE Antenatal Education 

Cert. Counselling Skills

Level 2 Babywearing Peer Supporter

BD (Hons) Pastoral Care & Counselling

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I have access to ongoing, high quality CPD opportunities due to being a member of several professional organisations. This allows to me to keep up-to-date with the latest obstetric and maternity guidelines and practices so you can be sure the information you receive is current.