What mums say about us…
What do The Bump to Baby Chapter fam have to say about us….
“8 days in and finally got 5 minutes….
Just wanted to say a huge thank you to Beth and her amazing @thebumptobabychapter classes! Both myself and Alex thoroughly enjoyed every session; for Beth’s never ending knowledge on everything labour and baby related, her total honesty that made the scary bits weirdly not seem so scary anymore; and her general funny and welcoming attitude 🥰 we were genuinely sad when our sessions came to an end as they had been the highlight of our week!
We learnt so much during our classes that really prepared us both for the birth and aftercare of our little Archie 😍 even during my brief moments of panic where I stopped using my breathing effectively, Alex was right by my side to remind me and to breath through it with me to get me back on track, honestly couldn’t have done it without his support and encouragement!!
Beth was also completely respectful of our decision not to post anything pregnancy related until after the safe arrival of our little boy, strategically putting us on the end of our group photo so we could be cropped out!! Might seem a daft thing to say, but for anyone that wishes to do the same, please don’t be put off attending these sessions as your wishes will absolutely be respected ☺️
It also gave us the opportunity to meet the loveliest couples, which has been great to share experiences both pre and post baby at all hours of the day…. and night 🕢😴!! So excited to get a date in the diary for a reunion with all our beautiful bundles 😍”
“I want to say a huge thank you to Beth from @thebumptobabychapter .. In December Joe and I attended one of Beth’s Hypnobirthing classes for the day. I can honestly say she gave me so much confidence, assurance and determination around the whole aspect of giving birth. When we left the class even Joe said “I’m so glad we went to that, I now know my role as a birthing partner”. That alone stayed with me leading up to the birth.
We were in hospital for 4 days before going down to the delivery suite and not once did I feel scared or not in control of the situation. If anything I was excited to use the hypnobirthing techniques Beth had taught us.
As you can see from the picture, those hypnobirthing techniques went out the window when we had to have an emergency c section. However, without going to that class and practising hypnobirthing before I would have been a complete mess. Thank you Beth!”
“Cannot recommend Beth and The Bump to Baby Chapter enough. Our baby arrived very unexpectedly at 33 weeks, our birth plan went completely out of the window. I was originally low risk and planning a water birth but we ended up being consultant lead and on the delivery unit and no birthing pool option. Had a natural birth but went into theatre as the placenta got stuck. After the antenatal sessions and hypnobirthing, I consider myself to have still had a really good labour. I always felt in control and that the choices were all mine to make, I don’t think it would have felt the same without Beth. Beth you are amazing!! X
“Such an amazing experience! Beth prepared us for everything, and helped us understand what to expect with so many different aspects of childbirth and parenthood. my midwife and health visitor are sick of me praising Beth and the course but I genuinely cannot recommend it enough! thanks Beth 😘 I think our little boy is a content and happy baby because you gave us the confidence in our ability and knowledge to do this!”
“My husband and I attend both Beth’s antenatal and hypnobirting classes and I cannot recommend them highly enough, if there is one thing you invest in prior to your babies arrival make it this! �
The couple’s antenatal class was down to earth, never were we made to feel any question was silly and one of the highlights has been the continued communication with our group after completing the course. The classes cover all aspects that we were after as first time parents and it was not until we completed the antenatal class cover by the hospital that we realised how valuable Beth’s knowledge and approach was in comparison – we simply could not have imagined taking on the arrive of our little one without being armed with the information that we gathered during these sessions.
The couple’s hypnobirting day was equally as valuable, not only as a women approaching labour, but also for my husband who found his role in the delivery room and the weeks prior during our hypnobirthing practice. I, like many women, had prayed for a spontaneous virginal birth however due to little one being overdue his final arrival was following an induction and an unplanned c-section. (Being terrified of spinal injections and surgery this was a huge deal for me). Nevertheless, I feel my birth was magical and all the decisions that were made during our birthing journey were done calmly and as a team. I used my hypnobirthing right up until the moment I first met my son, throughout being induced (which I was full informed of the process due to the antenal classes) and even now when it’s 3 in the morning when baby is crying for more food and I need to take a breather and reset! I feel that without my hypnobirthing I would of ended up frustrated, hugely upset and potential disappointed in myself at how things turn out. Instead I am not only proud of my husband and I in the arrival of our son, I know that everything that took place was a choice that we were happy with and as a result of a decision we made.
A huge thank you Beth for helping us make our little ones arrival a calm and completely positive experience. Super star classes! Love Ross, Grace and Wilfred. x ��”
“Just to say a massive thank you to Beth at TBTBC. My husband and I were a little dubious about doing antenatal classes but so glad we went ahead. We found it gave us a realistic understanding of what to expect throughout labour and the first days with a newborn!
Not only is Beth great but as a first time mum I’ve really found our groups WhatsApp chat so useful which I never thought I’d participate much in. Now we have all had our babies I’m looking forward to meeting up with all the girls and our new additions 😃
Thanks again for such great classes and having the opportunity to meet some lovely mummas 😘“
”We went to TBTBC as someone we knew reconmended. It was the best decision!
Beth provided a warm, welcoming class that we thoroughly enjoyed. It was very informative as well as humorous. We actually really missed it when we finished!
However, it has set us up well for the arrival of our lush baby and parenthood that followed. I couldn’t recommend her classes enough. Thanks Beth… you’re amazing xxx”
“A week on from the birth of our daughter, I wanted to thank the lovely Beth for her amazing classes! We did both the antenatal course and hypnobirthing class back in August and found them invaluable in our preparation as first time parents. Being a local midwife, mum and trained hypnobirthing instructor, Beth’s advice comes from a professional and personal perspective- she was also very sweet and down to earth too, we felt we could ask her anything that niggled or worried us and she was sure to try ease any concerns we had. We loved the style of the classes for each course and learned skills that we put to the test last week when I went into labour, the hypnobirthing really kept me going from the early hours of the morning to the evening when our daughter was born, and my husband was able to take each moment knowing what was happening, and how to support us, we had a really positive birth experience that went exactly as we wanted as a result. Thank you from Sophie, Craig and baby Ailsa xxx”
“We attended the bump to baby classes in August with a due date in October. We were a little nervous about it all as it was fast approaching and we hadn’t done a lot of preparation as it always seemed it was a long time away.
We were put at ease from the first session starting with the friendly welcome from Beth followed by an in depth and informative session around labour and what to expect. This continued through the following weeks with lots of helpful hints and advice with constructive conversation from the group.
Since our baby has been born we found the advice very invaluable and has helped us with a lot of decision making. Not only this the group has stayed in touch and continued to support one another through these early days.
Thanks Beth highly appreciated and recommended.”
“I thoroughly enjoyed the women’s only hypnobirthing class as well as the antenatal course. Beth is so knowledgeable and personable- no question, comment or observation is too silly!! Highly recommend to any new parents because as Beth says ‘knowledge is power!!’ � �� x”
“We did both the hypnobirthing and antenatal classes with Beth and can honestly say that out of all of the things we’ve bought throughout pregnancy and in preparation for our baby these were without a doubt the best money we’ve spent.
The antenatal classes were so much fun and we were actually sad when they came to an end, but we’re so glad we met such a lovely group of people. Beth made us feel comfortable and able to ask any questions without feeling silly, and explained everything to us in plain English. It was so important to us to have a midwife doing the classes and giving sound, useful, up to date advice.
The hypnobirthing class made labour a positive experience – something I would’ve never thought possible.
We can’t recommend The Bump to Baby Chapter enough.”
“My husband and I would’ve been so lost in the first days with our baby if it wasn’t for Beth and the bump to baby classes! Everything we learned in the weekly sessions were very practical and useful. Not only did we learn a lot but we also enjoyed each class very much as we were lucky to have met a great group. I was also really lucky to have had Beth as my midwife when I went into labour! She is amazing!!!”
“Beth was a great help in teaching us both what to expect when we went into hospital and the choices we had up to feeding, changing and looking after our now 10 day old baby boy.
It helps that the venue was great (and had a bar for the boys!), the group we were with were such lovely people and Beth made us all feel so welcome and able to ask anything.
We would definitely recommend to other Mums and Dads to be.”
“My partner and I attended the 4 week antenatal course ran by Beth, we loved how friendly and casual Beth runs the class, you get ALL the knowledge you need but in a very relaxed and fun environment. I loved the fact that Beth spoke from experience all of the time and was happy for us to ask loads of questions throughout the course content that she had planned. The class was really interactive and we were encouraged to engage with the other members of the group so that we could start to make new friends. I have found the course materials that we have received via email to accompany the sessions really useful and I keep referring back to them whilst waiting for my little one to arrive and I’m sure that I will carry on referring to them after. I would highly recommend the course to anyone interested, thanks Beth! 😊“
“Im so glad i came across ‘bump to baby chapter’ online. I was initially just looking for some antenatal classes to drag my partner to, then discovered Beths classes were being held at one of our fave cafes which meant my husband was much happier to attend! After the first class we were both surprised that we really enjoyed the class and were looking forward to the next week!
Beth made everything both fun and informative, we came away at the end of the course feeling so much more prepared and at ease.
I also booked the hypnobirthing course-just as an after thought to be perfectly honest. I was terrified of everything birth related but this completely changed my mindset. I couldnt reccomend it highly enough; Ive been shouting about it to anyone who would listen �! At the end of the course i was wierdly excited for the Birth day!
I was fortunate enough to have had the most amazing birth experience and i honestly believe this was down to the hypnobirthing course….its not all swaying pocket watches as you might imagine �
Thank you Beth for spreading the word about positive births, and thank you for talking us through everything with patience, understanding and humour! Xxxxxx”
“Beth really is fantastic at what she does. After a tough time with my first labour, I hoped hypnobirthing may help me feel more positive second time around. My husband was sceptical, but we both came away feeling so much more relaxed and prepared. Even when things didn’t go to plan at the end of pregnancy, we still felt super positive and reassured. Beth went above and beyond for us and we couldn’t be more grateful. Thank you Beth x”
“Last night we finished The Bump to Baby Chapter Ante Natal classes. They have been a truly amazing experience full of fun, laughter, information and doughnuts!
I feel so reassured about labour and beyond thanks to Beth. She really emphasises how amazing us woman are. Wednesday evenings have been the highlight of our week!
I can’t thank you enough Beth and we both know Rich loved it too.”
“Thank you Beth for an educational but most of all enjoyable course. You have a great teaching style that made for a fantastic experience and helped settle some of the nerves ahead of Oscar arriving. I’m now drastically trying to put what you taught us into practice, mostly at 3am (!)”
“Hypnobirthing has completely changed my mind set about labour and birth and I’m so glad I was able to go to Beth’s hypnobirthing class last weekend. Beth is so friendly, made me feel at ease and also prepped me to be fearless about birth. I cannot recommend Beth and her classes enough – thank you so so much for everything, even all the little bits you do beyond just the classes xxx”
“Attended the hypnobirthing essentials course and can honestly say it has already had a massive impact on my view of birth. Due to have my second baby in August and up until this course had been dreading the thought of birth again. Beth absolutely changed my view, she is so knowledgeable and welcoming and really passionate about what she does. I am now super excited about my due date and can’t wait! x”
“We went to Beth’s January antenatal classes and we both really looked forward to Thursday night’s which were when the antenatal classes were held. I thought I knew all I needed to know about Labour etc but I was wrong and we both learnt so much and it was really good fun and a laugh. The classes put both of us at ease in the final weeks before labour and when I went into labour. I didn’t want a water birth before the classes but we learnt about the pain relief it gave and it helped considerably whilst giving birth to a 9lbs 8oz baby. We are so glad we went to Beth’s classes.”
“As someone who had never even held a baby before having our baby girl, I found the antinatal class to be absolutely fantastic and couldnt recommend them enough. The knowledge I gained during these classes, from learning the basics right up to what to expect during all aspects of the birth was perfect and I can’t recommend Bump to Baby enough, thank you for everything, it’s been genuinely invaluable.”
“Highly recommend both the ante natal course and hypnobirthing with The Bump to Baby Chapter. Not only are the courses informative and interesting but also reassuring and highly empowering for mums and dads to be. Beth was more than happy to answer any weird and wonderful questions we had and has given us the tools to prepare us for what’s yet to come!”
Wanted to stop by and let you know we had our baby this week! I was induced because I developed obstetric cholestasis so wasn’t my birth preference but all the techniques you taught us applied in this scenario too. Charlie was an amazing support and the TENS machine got me to 9 1/2cm so no other pain relief needed! Your classes are what have left me feeling empowered by birth and not going to lie, like a bit of a badass warrior too!”
“My experiences with Bump to Baby have been amazing. After a traumatic birth with my daughter that has left its scars, mostly mental ones, three years on, I knew I wanted the birth of my twins to be different. The one day Hypnobirthing course was just the most wonderful, affirming, restorative day.It actually managed to reset a lot of the pain and anger I held inside about my first birth, it was lovely talking openly about the options available, the language we use around birth and the way to think about your choices and your experiences. I left feeling confident about the path ahead of us, accepting it, whatever it looked like and making informed choices that we were in control of. I followed this up a month or so later with a one on one session with Beth, which was amazing. She came to my house, and we focused on confidence and power and on positive associations with birth, and I felt very calm and inspired at the end. In addition, she spent so much time talking to me patiently about options, practicalities and preferences for birth plans for various outcomes. I ended our session with a real feeling of possibility and, most importantly for me, a sense of being informed and able to make decisions that came from a place of knowledge, not fear. When it eventually came, my birth experience with the twins was one marked by confidence, calmness and control – my husband and I felt part of the entire process, and I never sensed a loss of control or panic. I gave birth to my beautiful boys with joy and peace in my heart, knowing we had arrived at all of our decisions together and made them from a place of confidence and knowledge. It is wonderful to talk about how my boys entered the world with happiness and pride, and to look back with wonder and contentment. I owe so much of this to Beth at Bump to Baby, and I cannot recommend their courses and one to one sessions highly enough. The fact that they are midwives adds a really positive informative dynamic, and their kindness, warmth and passion for their subject makes working with them an incredibly positive experience.”
“I just wanted to say thank you. I had my third child last week, a beautiful little girl. I’ve never had such a postive birth experience before. My last two births were very long; 21 hours and 16 hours and not pleasant experiences. I remember speaking to you on the Hypnobirthing course the other month, about how nervous I was this time and how I just wanted my last birth to be a positive and good experience. You reassured me and made me feel empowered. I religiously read my Hypnobirthing book each night, reminding myself that it was going to be okay. I listened to the mp3 recordings and practiced my breathing techniques. I kept my yesmum cards in the bathroom so everytime I went in there I would read a card, affirming that it would be a positive experience and that I am totally in control.
All of this paid off. I had a wonderful, not exactly pain free but wonderful birth. I Was confident enough to breath through the contractions of the first and second stages of birth at home. I stayed calm and focussed and enjoyed the excitement of it all. Once in hospital I didn’t have time to put on my Hypnobirthing cds but I remembered the breathing techniques and again stayed positive and allowed my body to do what it needed to do. Within 30 minutes of me arriving I calmly and naturally gave birth to my daughter. It was everything I had hoped it would be. I just wished I could have had the confidence and guidance to Hypnobirth with my other two births .
I am so happy that my final birthing journey was so amazing. Thank you so much Beth for guiding me and reassuring me. I cannot tell you how grateful I am.
“Well I made this yesterday, all 9lb9 of him 😵A completely different birth to my first. Natural. Calm(ish…I screamed and shouted quite a bit) I owe this all to @thebumptobabychapter Beth. Rupert Fox Hopkins is ready to take on this whacky World. (And I was working throughout the labour. Mumboss rocks) …. @thebumptobabychapter … I owe you a drink and Rupert wants a cuddle. You honestly changed by outlook on birth. Super Star!!!”
“Just wanted to re-say what a fantastic time I had and what a restorative, empowering day I found it.
I found it an invaluable session in dealing with some of my own birth anxiety and goals and the fact that you’re a midwife at Gloucester was very reassuring and positive. When I compare this course to the less flexible approach of NCT I am really impressed with the careful line you tread between a natural birth and managing/coping with necessary interventions.
It was great, and I really enjoyed the women-only vibe as well (the hypnobirthing essential day) – Just such a fab day, thank you so so much.”
Then last week, after seeing her at the start of the week at home for a hypnobirthing session, she sent me this email after a wonderfully positive and in control birth…
“Hope to see you very soon so you can meet the babies and chat about the birth!!! I honestly know that my whole experience of it was different this time around because of the informed position and the confidence you gave me. Thank you so so much. ”
“I wanted to send you both an email to say thank you so much for all of your hypnobirthing knowledge and guidance throughout my pregnancy and (Kate) at the start of my labour itself! Also, thank you Beth for helping me on the ward after! It was so nice and makes such a difference to see familiar faces at that time.
As you both know, this was my second pregnancy and I was worried and anxious about the second baby arriving quicker than the first. My labour with my first, Ivy, was 1 hour 10 minutes! Due to having low platelets, I also knew that a water birth was out of the question and my pain relief options were limited. In short, I had been told an epidural would be out of the question. The fear of bleeding to death was also up there too!! (Very dramatic but was certainly in my mind)
From the start I knew that a few things would be out of my control but I wanted to remain as calm as possible regardless of which course my labour chose to take. I wanted to feel positive and in control. Now, having given birth to my second daughter, Penny, I can safely say that you helped me achieve my goal and my whole labour experience would have been completely different had I not attended your courses.
After attending your introduction to hypnobirthing course I was hooked and keen to learn more. I therefore booked on to your full day hypnobirthing course. Both courses proved to be invaluable to me. I regularly practiced the relaxation techniques you taught me and listened to the CD that you also provided. I gradually read my way through the hypnobirthing book and loved reading the positive quotes on the yes mum cards. I actually packed these in my hospital bag and they were great to read during the early stages of labour! I also found the relaxation exercises great for helping me have some me time during my pregnancy. The breathing techniques you taught me were so important to me during my labour! My labour was quick again (1 hour 49 minutes) and intense. I used both the up and the down breathing technique at the times you told me to and as I had practised these daily prior to labour, I felt comfortable doing these and they came as second nature to me. The visualisation of bubbles and the sun rising were all that was in my head during the early stages!!
I felt in complete control of my labour and was able to breath my way through each contraction. The key for me was remaining calm and keeping focused. Using your techniques I was able to do this and focus on the visualisations you taught me. My labour progressed as it should have and very quickly. I asked to use gas and air just before I started to push, which lasted around 15 minutes! I gave birth to Penny in the delivery suite at Gloucester Royal. The staff were incredible and the environment felt calm and relaxed. Mood lighting was on and music was playing. I had a student midwife, Isabelle, and a midwife overseeing things, Tracy. I cannot thank them enough for allowing me to labour as I wanted and for listening to me and my body. Penny is now 11 weeks old and is completely gorgeous. Ivy is also loving being a big sister.
Thank you both so so much! You were both great. Not just the techniques but your knowledge as midwifes and the fact that you are both so friendly and easy to talk to makes what you do so successful. I am a true believer in hypnobirthing and if there is anything I can do to help you both with the bump to baby chapter let me know. Thank you, Katie xxx”
“What I love most about The Bump to Baby Chapter after having private tuition with Beth is the sense of freedom she brings that no matter how that baby comes out of your body, how you are able to reflect on the experience is what matters and that no birth is more empowering than another. I can honestly say she is one of the least judgemental open minded individuals I’ve met and this was inspiring to learn as I explored hypnobirthing as I had a pre conceived view that hypnobirthing was laced with opinions. I was so wrong and her approach is realistic, factual and really really encouraging x”
“Highly recommend Beth and Kate to any parents to be that want classes they can enjoy with their partners, they fitted in perfectly in the evenings for both of us to go after work, Beth and Kate were so friendly and knowledgeable it really made us feel comfortable and learn a lot from not only the midwife in them but also the mum which is great. Our group only consisted of 3 couples but it was great to interact with others who were due around a similar time too. Beth and Kate are great at giving hints and tips via email too so you’re never short of information or support. Thank you both Chris and Jess”