I cannot recommend Val and her hypnobirthing sessions highly enough! We completed the private course with Val, and I can honestly say that she changed my perspective on birth, calmed my anxiety and helped us to see birth as a positive, empowering and wonderful experience.
The sessions were brilliant at involving my birth partner and making him feel more able to support me during labour and to understand his role. When things did not go the way we had originally hoped, Val supported us to think about how to process our birth preferences so that we regained some control and could make choices that were right for us. She was understanding, sympathetic, and had positive suggestions to help us throughout. I have no doubt that the sessions with Val gave us the tools we needed to help us positively cope with labour. For us, hypnobirthing with Val was about understanding the birthing process, helping us to feel grounded and relaxed during pregnancy and early labour, giving us an understanding of our choices and empowering us to feel like we were able to make the right choices for us. Finally, it helped us to navigate the twists in our labour journey, stay present, and see how each part was helping us to get closer to meeting our little one.
I was so pleased to find an in person hypnobirthing session and Val was the perfect teacher. We spoke in advance to discuss the different class and content that would work best for us and made arrangements that were convenient in time for our due date. I found Val to be very personable, professional and made us feel completely at ease during the sessions - with lots of time for questions throughout. The content of the course was exactly what I was looking for in terms of helping us understand the different options available and helping to keep an open mind ahead of the birth. For me and my boyfriend it was a really valuable experience where we carved out time to focus on how we were feeling and how we could prepare. Absolutely would recommend to anyone before their baby arrives. And Val was just lovely and really took the time to understand our mindset and any concerns we had. She was also available outside of the sessions which was helpful for questions/follow up. During my labour I was able to use the tools and techniques we picked up during the sessions and also felt I was more relaxed and at ease as a result - knowing I was informed and my birth partner and I knew what may come our way during the process. My entire birth was positive and wonderful and the hypnobirthing played a big role in that. Regardless of how you feel I think this would be a helpful resource ahead of having a baby.
My partner and I enjoyed every minute of Val's hypnobirthing programme. Val was able to 'put to bed' any of the concerns and worries we initially had about the upcoming birth of our son in a gentle and supportive way. The thorough course has armed us with a host of beautiful ways to support us during labour. Val left us feeling positive and excited about the whole process. I would recommend Val's course to anyone looking for a detailed understanding of the process of birth and suggestions for an empowering birth experience.
Amazing course and Val is brilliant at explaining everything and answering all our question. Reading the book at home isn't enough - I found so much more value in doing the course alongside reading the book, and Val really brings the information to life. Husband was sceptical at first but also got so much out of it and the course has empowered him to know how important he is and how best to support me as a birth partner! Highly recommend.
Working with Valentine has been an enlightening and empowering experience for both myself and for my partner. Valentine allowed us to openly share our fears and worries and ask any questions, with no judgement. It was a journey through our thoughts and feelings around birth with a central theme really being the partnership of you and your birthing partner whoever that is. Having the 1-1 allowed us the time to experiment with the different types of practices that hypnobirthing involves. Valentine is incredibly knowledgeable and balances the teaching and also organic conversation well. Not to mention she is a warm and inviting person with a real passion for her work. As the time draws closer I feel more confident and excited to meet my baby and I know my partner feels more involved and central to the whole process following our time with Valentine. Plus it doesn’t stop once the class is over, Valentine is there for questions, thoughts, reflections and just this alone gives me such a sense of togetherness and support. Thank you Valentine!
Fantastic refresher hypnobirthing session with Val, for my second birth. She tailored it to my needs and has given me a lot of different tools to aid the natural birth I want. My husband was able to join the sessions too. She taught us lots of different relaxation techniques we can practise at home in preparation for the big day. Thoroughly recommend.
So grateful for the guidance given by Valentine during our Positive Birthing & Parenting Zoom-sessions! These very exciting times come with so many questions, and there is so much to read out there.. in my case this often lead to more confusion than clarity. Valentine has given me the confidence to make this a positive experience. We are feeling reassured and calmer about the birth and about the next steps ahead. Valentine is like a coach who makes you feel at ease, who listens to your questions without judging and who is warm and professional at the same time. Thank you so much for building up our knowledge and trust! We highly recommend the Positive Birthing & Parenting courses to anybody who wants to feel more knowledgeable and relaxed about giving birth.- First time expectant parents (based in India!)
My husband and I did a refresher course with Val and really really enjoyed it, and have got lots of useful takeaways from the course. Val was a pleasure to spend 3 hours with (via Zoom), so informed, and we covered a huge amount in a short space of time. I already feel much more prepared, but also know that Val is available if I need more help closer to the birth. Thank you Val!
I cannot recommend Valentine highly enough. She is super knowledgeable & empowering. 4th time giving birth & I can say it was finally a positive experience from start to finish, in spite of some medical interventions, this I definitely credit to the knowledge my husband & I gained from Valentine.
I highly recommend Val’s course. We are expecting our second baby, and Val’s professional knowledge and reassuring manner were exactly what we needed. We now feel far better prepared and excited to welcome the new arrival. The course strikes the perfect balance of being genuinely informative as well as incredibly warm and friendly. Kudos to Val who managed to convey all the content via Zoom in such an intimate manner. It felt as though she was in the room with us, listening to our concerns and offering incredibly valuable and personalised advice. A truly excellent service.
Val is such a pleasure and great instructor! She creates a positive and comfortable learning environment (even through Zoom!) where you don't feel afraid to ask questions or discuss the different topics associated with labor or preparation. We learned a lot in her sessions and felt they helped to prepare us for what's to come, giving us more insight and understanding into the process as a whole and what we can do to reduce anxieties and stay calm and relaxed ( as much as one can) throughout. I highly recommend her sessions to any new parents! Thanks again Val!
We completed the group course this weekend and were both so impressed with the amount of information provided. The course included Scientific information about the birth process, hormones and the different nervous systems. This was all related back to the Hypnobirthing approach. It was very useful having the course notes and Hypnobirthing book to take with us so that we can practise the different strategies in preparation for the birth of our baby. Thank you Valentine for reminding me that birth is a natural process and making me realise that it really can be a positive experience.
Thank you again for the past 4 weeks. It was so lovely meeting you and being guided through all the information and techniques. Even over zoom - everything felt really clear and understandable at all times. We both feel it has been hugely beneficial, and like I said last night - I genuinely feel quite excited about the birth now!!
I could not recommend Val highly enough. I took the hypnobirthing classes to prepare myself for the birth of my second baby. I ended up being induced at 41w+3d (water broken + synthetic oxytocin). Baby was born without any other intervention (vaccum or forceps) and without any other pain relieve, thanks to the breathing techniques that I learned from Val. The best 3 things from my experience with Val are: (1) the birth plan and notes to the midwives; (2) the breathing techniques and visualisations for all stages of labour; (3) the involvement of my partner. Thanks again Val, I wouldn’t have had the same experience without you! Second-time mum (based in Australia)
Cannot recommend Valentine enough. She was incredibly friendly and made both my husband and I feel very relaxed. Having done a hypnobirthing course with my first child, and thinking I was prepared for my second Valentine has made me reflect in a really positive way. As a result it has made me really think about my birth preferences for my upcoming second labour and not afraid to ask for what I feel is important to us as a family. I also loved the physiological element of the training and it has made visualisations alot easier. Highly recommend to anyone who wants to feel informed, stay relaxed and eradicate any birthing fears.
I came in slightly sceptical and as a medical professional I realise I have a skewed view on childbirth. I have left absolutely converted!
I feel really positive and even more excited to give birth to our baby - feeling more confident too.