What do The Bump to Baby Chapter fam have to say about us….
Myself and my husband attended both antenatal classes and the Hypnobirthing couples day. We were expecting our twins and both courses were really great. Special note was given to our situation and every scenario explained in terms of a twin birth and caring for twins. The courses were really informative and friendly, and helped us have a great birth experience with the babies. I ended up having an emergency section, however, my babies remained stable throughout my labour and were never distressed. I relaxed using my Hypnobirthing and the babies were so chilled and happy when they arrived. Beth is always on hand to offer advice when needed and I have made some wonderful friends through antenatal, I recommend the courses to everyone I know.
The most amazing evenings for the past 4 weeks with Beth!
Beth is the kindest, informative and most empowering lady I have come across on this journey!
With having a ‘complicated’ pregnancy I now feel at ease and empowered to tell my medical team my opinions on what I would like which is something I really struggled with before!
My partner and I now understand all of the options we have with feeding, sleeping, pain relief, what’s to be expected and what to watch out for, the journey of labour/induction/c-section and we are so grateful for this!
The couples we shared our classes with were lovely, the copious amounts of 🍩🍩🍩 was even better 😜!
I cannot recommend The Bump to Baby Chapter enough! Thank you Beth! 😘❤️
We went to hypnobirthing class with Beth last Saturday and I am so glad we did! Beth is so lovely and approachable! I feel so calm and relax and actually excited to welcome our little boy next year. I would recommend the hypnobirthing class to everyone- thank you once again 😍
Me and my partner attending the hypno birthing course a couple of weeks ago. I really can’t recommend it highly enough, I entered the course feeling terrified about labour and birth and left feeling calm, informed and even excited!!! That calm and relaxed feeling has stayed with me and I no longer feel panicked. It was worth every penny and I feel I now know what to expect and have confidence that I will cope well with the birth.
On top of that it was in a beautiful setting and we had a fabulous lunch.
I am so grateful for The Bump to Baby Chapter and highly recommended them
We attended the September course of ‘The Bump to Baby Chapter’ with Beth in Gloucester. Even though we already have 3 children between us, we found the classes invaluable and hilarious!
We have learnt so much and feel ready for the new addition to our family.
Thank you Beth (and the group!) for the laughs, the cake and the tips.
I would highly recommend the course for both first time parents and also those who are already parents but want to be able to tackle birth feeling empowered and prepared and with new the support of new friends.
Thank you 💚
Being completely honest, my partner and I weren’t sure about joining an ante natal class. We thought as we knew a few people who’d had babies we could just ask them for advice. We also admit that we were ‘birth will just be a day we have to get through’ people.
We decided to leave our place on The Bump to Baby Chapter to fate. I rang Beth a few days before the class was due to start to ask if there was a space available. Any worries or concerns I had instantly went when Beth answered. Although it was evening and she was busy herding her 4 children she made time to chat to me, and her friendly, honest manner put me at ease instantly. She said there was space and we had a place on the course 🙌🏻.
We were still sceptical, but on arrival we were welcomed with open arms and everyone was so friendly. We learned so much, a lot that we didn’t know and realised the importance of TBTBC mantra of ‘control the things you can, let go of the things you can’t’.
The midwives running the course, Beth and Hannah were fantastic, friendly, honest and realistic!!
When we went into glos royal in labour my partner and I felt like we understood the process and we could make informed choices. Hannah (the BTBC midwife) also delivered our baby and she was beyond fantastic.
What we are most thankful for from the BTBC is our new Mum/ parent squad. Having a group of people who are ‘in the same boat’ as you is invaluable. There’s always someone to meet for a coffee, attend a group with , ask for advice or chat to. I didn’t realise how important our mum squad would be in our lives and I’m not sure where we would be without them.
Thanks so much Beth and Hannah, we really hope this review helps parents to be decide to sign up for the course as the whole BTBC journey is really fantastic 🥰
“Me and my partner attended the antenatal classes with Hannah and I cannot recommend them enough, as first time parents we had a lot of questions and things I had no idea about however Hannah was amazing and we left every session feeling a bit more knowledgable and prepared. No question was a silly question. Hannah went through every stage and scenario, so however your birth planned out you felt prepared and more relaxed for every possible situation. In the end I had to have a elective c-section and if it wasn’t for Hannah going through every step of what happens in theatre, I would have been a lot more nervous & scared. The sessions were informative but fun and relaxed – thanks again Hannah!”
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“I was so anxious when I first emailed TBTBC- I had heard everyone’s horror story births and had completely scared myself. I was anxious, nervous, tearful and to be honest, lost. After an email to Beth, she instantly reassured me and squeezed me into spaces within her antenatal class.
Nick and I are first time parents, and even though I have experience in early years, the thought of giving birth still terrified me. Beth’s classes helped us understand a lot more about the birth and our options of pain relief. She’s honest and gives you facts in a way that’s helpful and constructive to your ‘birth plan’. She’s also realistic and gives honest examples of what the ‘birth outcome’ may be. She’s a wonderful, friendly lady who is a pleasure to learn from! She’s a fountain of knowledge being a midwife at GRH herself. Beth & the team’s classes are fun and suitable for all! Even first time dads. If you need to ask any questions Beth is the one to give you the confidence in yourself that you’re not going mad, that you can ‘do it!’ and she really boosts your confidence as a couple.
But most importantly Beth gives you the chance to make friends. Friends who understand your worries, struggles and nerves (as you’re all due within a few weeks of one another). Friends you didn’t know you needed. These ladies become your ‘go to’ mamas! These friends are a new support system that works on honesty, late night chats and more importantly… coffee dates!! Lots of coffee dates! We are so lucky that our group is so lovely and I personally would be lost without my new best friends. We are mamas that are getting fit together, meeting weekly and chatting daily ❤️
For all of the support and reasons above, I cannot ever thank TBTBC and Beth enough! She is such a wonderful human and I am so so glad that I found her in time to support us through the last trimester of our pregnancy 🥰❤️“
“As first time parents-to-be my husband and I were a bit apprehensive about attending antenatal classes as, if I’m being honest, we thought they might be a bit stuffy and like being back at school! However we really enjoyed our sessions with Beth, from both a practical and social perspective. As a midwife and mother Beth really knows her stuff so the sessions were informative, insightful, yet relaxed and fun – we immediately felt at ease and the venue was great (there was a bar and cake!). Beth covered all aspects of labour and birth (and all that’s in between) through to being home with the little one and the early days of feeding and caring for them in a positive and non-judgmental way. By the end of the course we felt prepared and supported and we had the added benefit of having met a lovely group of couples whose babies were due around the same time as ours who we have remained in regular contact with and meet up with from time to time now that the little ones have arrived. I honestly can’t recommend these classes enough and feel that these were definitely one of the best investments we made when preparing for our new arrival!
We also signed up to the one-day hypnobirthing course and found this too to be an extremely worthwhile investment. Not only did the day give us all the essentials, I was able to use the kit we were given to practice at home. Although the birth did not necessarily go as I had planned it out in my head, i was still able to use the hypnobirthing techniques I had learned so that I remained relatively calm and it was a positive experience.
Since the classes ended we continue to receive regular updates from Beth and have joined in on some of the buggy walks which are a fantastic opportunity to get out and meet other parents and to grab a much needed drink (and cake. Did I mention there was cake?!)”
“My husband and I loved the classes we did with Mia and our group. We felt really prepared for the birth of our baby boy and knew what to expect whatever eventuality. We were lucky to have a short labour but had a lot happen in a short space of time. Throughout the whole time we both knew what to expect and nothing was a surprise or concern for us as we were so well informed during the antenatal classes. We also had amazing midwives at Gloucestershire Royal! Thank you so much to Mia and Beth for all the information we were given! Highly recommend these sessions 😊”
“My husband and I really enjoyed every session we attended with Beth! It was very informative and taught us a lot of what we needed to know and get ready for our new addition. I was worried about attending antenatal classes, as I was having an elective c section and was worried about the reaction to this. However, I was treated no differently to those wishing to have a natural birth and all methods of delivery were covered in detail and supported and were from the moment I contacted Beth about her classes. We met a lovely group of mums and dads to be too, which we are still in regular contact with now our babies have arrived. Would recommend these sessions as a must! Thanks again Beth!”
“I work with babies in a medical capacity and thought I knew it all and was just going for the social perks and to educate my husband. What I got was so much more.
Beth really opened my eyes to the world of being a parent. Not looking at baby and childbirth as a formula that if you ‘get it right’ you’re winning.
I had my natural home birth all planned out. Of course, I ended up in hospital on all the drugs. Thanks to Beth, it didn’t matter, I didn’t panic, even in hour 34 of my labour on my second dose of diamorphine before an epidural… I really didn’t mind and I didn’t feel I had failed in any way. She helps you cope with things you simply don’t think will happen to you. Meaning you stay calm and focused on the one thing that matters which ultimately is a healthy Bebe in your arms.
Perhaps the best thing about Bunp to Baby is the circle of friends you develop, which can be a life linenin the early weeks and months of being a mother…. I honestly think this course should be compulsory for all new parents and I can’t thank Beth enough for her support and ability to make me laugh with her wonderful insights into the daily life of motherdom.”
“Beth did an amazing job of teaching us everything from feeding, changing nappies, preparing for baby’s arrival, packing your hospital bag and what to expect from early signs of labour all the way through to giving birth in every form from a water birth to a c-section. We felt really prepared after the classes especially my husband who hadn’t spent a lot of time around newborns. We also really enjoyed meeting other couples with babies due the same time as our own. We would highly recommend the course. Parenthood is fab and has been made all the easier by what we were taught! Thanks for everything Beth x”
“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”