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Hello! My name is Valentine.
What does a positive birth experience mean to you? What about the early weeks with your new baby?
I am passionate about supporting parents to feel informed, relaxed and confident in pregnancy, birth and postnatally. I am a certified Hypnobirthing practitioner trained by Katharine Graves, founder of The Hypnobirthing Association and trained with the University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre to teach Mindfulness (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy). I'm based in Winchester though thanks to Zoom I work with clients from all over the world!
You deserve to have a brilliant birth experience.
Many women approach birth feeling fearful in some ways, not surprising given the negative stories flooding our media and what we might have heard (or not heard) about birth from family and friends growing up! And because of the pressures on our wonderful NHS maternity services, many women end up going along the ‘conveyor belt of care’, not knowing their options and birth rights.
This needs to change and I want to help!
Hypnobirthing is as much about releasing fears and creating your very own toolbox of relaxation techniques as it is about the science of birth, and the many choices and options available to you, to help you have the best possible birth experience– whatever that looks like for you. Your parenthood journey should begin in the greatest possible way, and a calm and relaxed birth is such a positive start (however your baby enters the world!).
My other mission is Postnatal Wellbeing and supporting parents (whether for the 1st or 4th time) in the beautiful but intense early days and weeks postnatally. Having experienced anxiety before having children, and again when my daughter was born, I feel very strongly about equipping parents with practical tools and techniques for dealing with the tougher days and for navigating this transition with more confidence and calm.
I'm a mum of three small children and live in Winchester. I can often be seen in town pushing my two boys around in search of a babyccino or a playgroup! As well as running after my three, I love going for park runs (on my own preferably ☺) and walking in the countryside where my husband and I get to properly talk! Am I a parenting expert? Absolutely not, I am a complete work in progress! I try my best, I make mistakes, I try again tomorrow, I have regrets, I feel guilt, I feel resentful, I feel guilty for feeling resentful, I laugh a lot, and I cry sometimes too. I strive to be a GOOD ENOUGH mum because parenting is a bit of a rollercoaster that is going too quickly for my liking, and I want to enjoy the ride, even if I have my eyes closed sometimes i.e. completely winging it!
Please get in touch with any questions about the courses. I’m always very happy to have a chat over the phone, in fact I prefer it!