About me, Tiffany
Here is some more information about me so that you are able to get a feel for who I am and my approach to my work, it is important you feel that we are a good fit to work together on your journey to the birth of your baby.
If you have any specific questions, please don't hesitate to contact me, I'd love to chat about it. I offer free taster sessions which give us a opportunity to get to know each other before booking on to a course and for you to see if what I offer feels right for you and your family. You can simply get in touch through the booking page, by calling me on 07808294781 or emailing me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
KGH certified hypnobirthing teacher - the only RCM* accredited hypnobirthing course (*Royal College of Midwives)
6 years of experience in hypnobirthing
Experienced 3 hypnobirths - very different but all positive
Career in Management Consulting
Extensive experience in facilitating small and large group sessions
Member of a large community of midwives, hypnobirthing teachers and mums across the UK
Strong active listening skills, empathy, I love to help people achieve their aspirations
Based in St Albans, Hertfordshire
Read on if you want to find out more...
I am truly passionate about helping women have a positive birth. I believe that with my knowledge and experience in hypnobirthing as well as my experience in facilitating coaching session I am equipped to do so.
I am a certified KGH Hypnobirthing Teacher. I have a thorough understanding and experience of hypnobirthing. I attended my first Katharine Graves Hypnobirthing course 6 years ago for the birth of my first son and have subsequently continued to practice hypnobirthing (and talk about it to anyone who would listen) for the births of my two other children. I also attended the Wise Hippo hypnobirthing training as I wanted a refresher for my second baby. As a result of hypnobirthing I had three very different but equally positive and empowering experiences.
I am empathetic, have good active listening skills and I have developed strong facilitation skills in my career as a management consultant. I’m able to create a comfortable environment where people feel at ease to share their stories which is key for hypnobirthing as it is very personal topic that is being discussed which can easily make people feel intimidated. In my sessions there will be no judgement, only positive support to help you have the birth that is right for you.
Having this experience and knowledge enables me to empathise with what parents are going through during the preparation and what they will be going through during the birth which will make us a great team working together.
Why I love what I do
Becoming a hypnobirthing teacher was a way to formalise what I have been doing for years. After the preparation for the first of my 3 births, I found myself helping many friends and relatives to prepare for their births. These conversations were a mix of the coaching I do at work and the sharing of valuable information on our physiology and the process of birth I had acquired through my training and experience. The time spent with the many community midwives in the lead up to and during my births has backed up everything I had taken away from hypnobirthing.
Some of these conversations took place in the summer in the south of France at the end of a family meal whilst enjoying an espresso with a little pastry from the boulangerie. I found that the noise around the table would quieten down and the conversation which had started just between me and an expecting mother would become a full on presentation to the whole table (yes we do have the stereotypically large meals). I really love these conversations because it is a chance to change the perception of birth in the younger generations' mind and making them realise that giving birth can be an empowering and positive experience.
I've found, however, that the hardest thing during these conversations is maintaining a positive tone. Many relish the opportunity to tell their horror story to the younger generation "because they need to know!" I usually tell them that, actually, they don't need to know as this is their body, their baby and their birth experience which they are preparing for and we need to respect that. It is so difficult to compare the circumstances, the mindset, the bodies of these two women, therefore, it is pointless to tell them that they may have a similar experience. This tends to create an awkward moment as it is the first time they are being challenged rather than encouraged to tell their story. The result of these stories together with what is relayed to us in the media and on television is that we get a mind that contains negative and very often inaccurate thoughts about birth, which can often create the feeling of fear.
I have add so many beautiful conversations and exchanges with friends and family but my favourite conversation I've had about hypnobirthing was with my cousin who started off by admitting she had tocophobia (fear of giving birth) and she honestly thought that although she loves children, this fear could keep her from having any of her own. By the time we had drunk our coffee and eaten our lovely pastry, she had realised that her fears were based on assumptions and perceptions, not on facts. The sweet look on her face as she suddenly could imagine herself giving birth was simply amazing. This look of relief and personal belief is why I do this job!
I love these conversations because although they always start with a huge level of scepticism, by the end I will have convinced and changed the perception of birth in others. This is how we can help the future generation of mums to trust themselves to birth their babies safely.