I'm Kelly- a fully qualified Hypnobirthing teacher and founder of Birth Positively. I am a mum of three - two girls and one boy-based in Folkestone, Kent.
When I was pregnant with my first baby, like many women, I felt somewhere between nervous and terrified about the prospect of giving birth. At the time there was lots in the media about Kate Middleton reportedly using Hypnobirthing techniques for the birth of Prince George, so for the first time, hypnobirthing was well and truly on my radar!
Two of my friends were pregnant at the same time as me and had already completed a hypnobirthing course. They were raving about it and both telling me they were excited to give birth! I couldn't quite believe what I was hearing and thought they must have been exaggerating. But after some research I decided to sign up for a course, figuring I didn't have anything to lose. Thankfully my husband was easily swayed by the idea (to be honest I think he was just as nervous as me and was happy that I had found something I thought would help!) We completed the course and just like my friends before me, I was excited and looking forward to giving birth- a far cry from how I had felt about it all just a few weeks previously.
I entered labour feeling calm, confident and in control. I managed to labour without any additional pain relief and enjoyed being in the birthing pool for most of my labour. There were slight complications in the minutes before Aila was born, but my sense of calm and control never waivered. Once she was born I was absolutely elated- not only with our beautiful daughter, but with what I had just experienced.
“I did it Kelly! I actually did it!
Thank you for championing me! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Gemma, Mummy to Baby Number 3
The birth of our second daughter Nora, was another incredibly positive experience where I felt able to make decisions about my labour, right up until the moment she was born.
A year later, I decided to leave my job as Primary School Teacher (which I had done for the previous 13 years) and qualify as a Hypnobirthing teacher, so I could support other couples and provide them with the best opportunity of achieving the birth they want.
And I am loving every moment of it!
Since starting Birth Positively I have had another baby - this time a boy! Fraser was born in the birthing pool and it was my quickest labour by far.
My family is now complete and I am excited to support other people achieve a positive birth - something I feel incredible passionate about,