Welcome! My name is Fiona, and I am a HypnoBirthing Educator, an accredited ACA perinatal counsellor, trained doula, and mother to 3 precious loves.
Through my journey into parenthood I have experienced the emotions of loss, the trials of artificial conception, and ultimately the magic of childbirth. Each of my births were very very different, and through them I grew from a place of distrust in my own body in my first birth, to a place of power, confidence and fearlessness by my last. The more I learnt and educated myself about the choices that were available to me, the more empowered I became in my birth decisions, which ultimately led me to experience pure joy. My first and last births were poles apart, a true testament to what the power of education can do!
As well as being a mother, I have spent the last 7 years working as a pregnancy and newborn photographer, which has allowed me to speak constantly with beautiful women both in the lead up to their birth as well as soon after. The more I spoke to my new mothers in my studio about their expectations prior to and then the reality of their birth, the more I learned that so many women lack the support, knowledge and confidence to believe in themselves and their birth. I noticed that most women place the outcome of their labour in the hands of others, not believing that they themselves have the power to create the birth they desire. But the most important thing I discovered is that most women lack the understanding of the impact their birth can have in the months and years following.
Speaking to these women, together with my own experiences of birth, has led me to HypnoBirthing. I facilitate intimate small group courses for those seeking a positive experience of birth. Through my classes parents are able to regain trust in their abilities to birth and to parent. I support my couples in identifying and achieving their needs and wants for birthing, while forming a deep understanding of their own needs as parents, so that they can move through this phase of life with confidence, knowledge and strength.
As well as a HypnoBirthing practitioner I am a perinatal accredited ACA Level 2 counsellor (B.Couns), working integratively from an attachment framework through therapies such as EMDR and CBT.. I work authentically with women facing difficulties within their perinatal phase of life. Combining my truth, my qualifications, and my own personal experiences, I form their safe space of connection that lights up their darkness, where they rediscover their identity and are supported in finding their way back to wholeness. I work to foster and nurture their healing, growth and relationships, both with the self and those around them, through the provision of safe, confidential, integrative individual counselling and birth debriefing sessions.
No matter what you want for your pregnancy, birth and parenting ahead, I will be there to support and nurture you and your family throughout your journey.