Get to Know Me

The first time I saw a human lady give birth, I was 16 years old.  My mum birthed my sister in a midwifery led unit with zero intervention and a little gas and air.  I’m not sure if she was trying to put me off the whole thing, given my impressionable years but instead I was awestruck.  I saw my tiny baby sister fresh from the womb be handed to her dad and I knew I had witnessed as close to magic as real life can get.
But there was no magic wand, magic powder or spell.  Just a woman trusting her body and taking the space and time she needed.
Fast forward almost 20 years, after an early miscarriage I found myself pregnant amid a global pandemic.  My second pregnancy was everything I wanted pregnancy to be.   Empowering and enjoyable. I started a hypnobirthing course from around 25 weeks and planned my homebirth.  
But at 42 weeks and 4 days pregnant I birthed my son via Caesarean Section and once again I was witness to the powerful and life changing experience of giving birth.  It changed everything I thought I knew about birth and opened my eyes to the challenges and rewards that parents can face when welcoming a new member of the family into the world.
I credit hypnobirthing for giving me the knowledge and power to strive for a positive birth experience.  It gave me the strength to make the best choices for the wellbeing of myself and my baby and I went into parenthood feeling ready to take on the greatest challenge of all – raising a kid.    
I believe that we should want more from birth than “a healthy baby”.  Your experiences matter.  Growing a baby and birthing it is without doubt the biggest life event a person will go through and it deserves your investment.  I can imagine no other life event that you wouldn’t prepare for. 

My aim is to empower parents-to-be throughout labour and pregnancy to positively impact their parenting journey.  And with that, I believe we will positively impact the first moments, days and weeks of newborn life.  Is there anything more brilliant?

I hope that's given you enough about me but I'm happy to have a chat if there's anything else you want to know.  I would love to get to know you.

 ♥ Lara-Jo