Leonie trained with Mindful Mamma in 2014 and now teaches classes in Kent and Glasgow
I decided to become a Hypnobirthing practitioner four years ago after my second hypnobirth. My daughter was born in rather unusual circumstances (my son was rushed to A&E whilst I was in labour) and from then on, having still had such a positive birth experience because of my knowledge and understanding, I knew I had to spread the word.
I initially trained with a large UK Hypnobirthing program, before finding Mindful Mamma. Having worked with both methods I now solely teach the Mindful approach. I find parents immediately connect and engage with the relaxed and informative way it is taught, the techniques are simple, and the resources and support they receive from Mindful Mamma HQ is really unique.
Since parents are able to learn everything they need in one day, I think it’s the most accessible and easy way to fit hypnobirthing into their busy schedules.
The set of practice tracks are very user-friendly, the 3,2,1 cue into relaxation is simple, and Sophie’s voice has a lovely warmth which is often commented upon in class. As a Hypnotherapist, I really see the value in teaching the Mindfulness element of Hypnobirthing, and the importance of having a tool kit of relaxation techniques that works for everyone.
The most frequent feedback I get after the class is, ‘It just makes perfect sense’, which is testament to being soundly based in physiology and psychology. It also quickly demystifies labour for both mums and dads. The emphasis on the birth partner’s role really encourages couples to approach their birth as a well-prepared team.
One of the great pleasures of teaching is seeing couples’ confidence and enthusiasm building throughout the day, and leaving feeling so positive and calm at the end.
The support from Mindful Mamma HQ as a practitioner is excellent, the centralised bookings system makes it easy for me to organise my groups and connect with clients, and keeps the admin side of things simple. I also really like the breadth of experience we have between us as a community of practitioners, and often share ideas and research via our Facebook group.
Bookings come mostly via the Mindful Mamma’s website, my own Facebook advertising, and many just by word of mouth. I’ve found that for every couple I teach, they recommend me to at least one other, so bookings continue to grow.
This year I tested the market in Glasgow (where I grew up) and found a real demand for classes, so I now fly up every other month to teach groups and one-to-ones, as well as having regular bookings at home here in Kent.
No two classes are ever the same, which I find lovely, and definitely keeps me on my toes! 2016 looks to be another busy, but very rewarding year.
You can find out more about Leonie and her classes on her practitioner webpage.