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November 2017

World Prematurity Day – 17 November 2017

World Prematurity Day

For those of us who are blessed to conceive its not to be taken for granted the struggles that can come with conception and birth. Fertility issues, IVF, miscarriage, still birth and premature births. It’s easy to not realise the journey that some families have been on. Sometimes a long journey before a baby is born too. For some pregnancy is going fine then the body decides to go into premature labour. To recognise this World Prematurity Day is a global movement to raise awareness of premature birth and to recognise sadly the devastating impact it can have on some families.

Friday 17 November 2017 marks World Prematurity Day. An opportunity to raise awareness about premature birth across the world. 15 million babies are born early every year across the world – that’s around 11.5% of babies born every year. A baby born early is pre 37 weeks. A baby born post 37 weeks is a considered  healthy time to arrive. Prematurity is often unpredictable and in most cases, unexplained.

Having a premature baby can be such an overwhelming, emotional and worrying time for parents. A baby being whisked away to a neonatal unit and not necessarily in the hospital you’ve given birth in. As parents you want to care for your baby as soon as they are born so its unthinkable how devastating it must be to not have that choice. Therefore knowing your baby is being taken to a Neontal ICU that can do their upmost to care for your baby is paramount.

The sad consequences of prematurity

Of those 15 million babies born prematurely every year sadly one million of these will not survive. Prematurity is the leading cause for death in children under five years old.

Thankfully in the past 20 years the care around premature babies has vastly improved and we need to continue to support that.

Every baby is a miracle and we can’t forget that. Pregnancy is a blessing and we can’t take it for granted. Pregnancy can be tough but we have to remember as hard as it can be we’re so lucky. The days when you have terrible sickness, trying to adapt to your new pregnancy body, not being able to do what you did as easily anymore just remember its not forever. Carrying a baby full term is a blessing.

Little Roo Neonatal Fund

My awareness of the World Prematurity Day has been bought to light by a friend, who’s now gorgeous healthy little girl was born 8 weeks early in 2016. Thankfully she was under the care of a nearby hospital to myself – St. Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey, Surrey who have an amazing neonatal unit. The family and their daughter received magnificent care. This wouldn’t have been possible without the support of local charity for the Neonatal ICU The Little Roo Neonatal Fund. This fund was set up in 2003 and continues to support babies, families & staff.

Working within the Neonatal ICU requires dedicated and specialist teams of highly trained nurses and doctors, available around the clock. St Peter’s is the only Level 3 Neonatal unit in Surrey with the appropriate staff, equipment, skills and experience to provide this highest level of ICU for the smallest and sickest newborn babies.

A stressful time for all but with the support of this amazing charity they were able to take there little girl home 5 weeks after she was born. This little fighter has grown into a gorgeous happy little girl and everything you expect a 19 month old to be. I know how truly thankful not only the parents but their family and friends were of the amazing support they received.

Without the set up of this charity in 2003 many families wouldn’t be able to receive the support needed.

The Little Roo Neonatal Fund raises money to provide support at St. Peter’s Neonatal Unit. To continue to offer the highest standards of intensive care for babies born in Surrey and further afield.

Let’s support Little Roo…

We need to continue with the support of these amazing facilities we have available to us in Surrey. Unfortunately none of us know if one day our baby may need their help or one of a family member or close friend. As an example a Neonatal ICU cot costs in the region of £80,000 to fully equip. With the support of the charity they have been able to purchase an ultrasound machine costing £60,000. Equipment to help babies breathe between £4,000 to £20,000 each. A breast milk pasteuriser costing £19,000 and devices for treating and monitoring potential brain injury at £20,000. These are significant amounts of money so as you can appreciate the charity really needs the continuing support.

Little Roo need the continued support to help provide additional and replacement specialist equipment. To be able to send staff for specialist training that the NHS cannot provide funding for.

Let’s help give premature babies the best chance of survival and quality of life by taking action on their behalf.

What can we do to help on World Prematurity Day?

We can make a donation to Little Roo Neonatal Fund. Every penny counts as they say to continue supporting the work they do. An easy way to donate is via Just Giving An easy and secure way of donating by credit or debit card.

You can donate by text by texting PREM15 £2 to 70070.

Wearing purple on the 17 November 2017 marks your support for World Prematurity Day too.

Raise awareness on Social Media – #WorldPrematurityDay #PrematurityIs

What will Hypnobirthing Mumma be doing to support World Prematurity Day?

I will be donating 5% of my takings to Little Roo from the 17 November – 16 December 2017 for any hypnobirthing course that is booked with me. So what more excuse do you need if you’d been thinking of booking a course to know it will also be helping a good cause too.

Want to know more about Hypnobirthing Mumma?

I’ve taught women who have experienced premature labour with previous pregnancies. I’ve been able to understand the emotions they went through with preterm. As to why they then choose to try hypnobirthing for subsequent births. Of course hypnobirthing can’t prevent premature labour but it can help expectant parents. Overcoming the fear associated around perhaps the week their previous baby was born, using techniques to stay calm and relaxed. Working through fear release.

I teach private hypnobirthing courses around London and Surrey. Areas include Chertsey, Hampton, Hillingdon, Isleworth, Kingston, Richmond, Sheen, St Margarets, Sunbury, Surbiton, Teddington, Twickenham, Weybridge, Windsor.

For my group courses I’m taking bookings for my November course in Hampton Hill in and my first course of 2018 the January course in St Margarets. So to find out more about hypnobirthing or to book your hypnobirthing classes get in touch – I’d love to hear from you.

Follow me via my blog,  FacebookInstagram or Twitter to keep up to date with all workshops and events taking place.

Ali x

World Prematurity Day - 17 November 2017

Hypnobirthing Courses

Hypnobirthing Courses

When it comes to picking hypnobirthing courses it’s important it suits your needs. This is why I offer 4 different courses to cater for expectant parents needs.

  • Full private course
  • Essentials private course
  • Refresher private course
  • Group hypnobirthing courses

There are many different hypnobirthing methods and I teach the KG Hypnobirthing course. This is an extremely extensive and informative course offering parents some amazing nuggets of information, relaxation and visualisation techniques. The techniques learnt you can continue to use beyond birth to relax and calm you in many situations. I often find myself using the breathing techniques to bring me back to a place of calm! The classes are beneficial for all – Mum, Dad, birthing partner and baby.

Included in the cost and provided for all my courses are:

  • Course notes
  • The Hypnobirthing book by the founder of KG Hypnobirthing Katherine Graves
  • Relaxations for a Gentle Birth – Colour and Calmness downloads

How can hypnobirthing help?

Hypnobirthing can help you achieve a better birth. One that you feel in control of by learning how the body works. Understanding how if we’re stressed where it can lead to and how it uses energy levels we should be conserving. Using techniques that help stimulate endorphins through gentle stroking and massage. Listening to relaxations and believing in the power of the mind.

We don’t want to hold on to negative thoughts and with hypnobirthing we encourage you to let go of those. Release any of the fear and tension you may hold on to in the subconscious mind.

Hypnobirthing isn’t pain relief but it teaches you to understand how you can be in control of your birth and remain calm. Being calm is key because as soon as you become stressed the adrenaline will kick in. This is then when we start to see intervention, women’s contractions slowing down.

Learning the tools of hypnobirthing will mean you’re not left asking is labour painful? You’ll feel confident that you will be able to have a birth that you feel in control of and can manage. This isn’t just for a natural birth but any route your birth takes.

Full private hypnobirthing courses

Held in the comfort of your own home the full 10 hour course really allows us to work through the fundamentals of hypnobirthing and ensure we work through fear release.

We get to work through each section of the course in great details. For each section I allow 2.5 hours. This gives us plenty of time to work through all the relaxation techniques. Talk about your expectations of birth and any factors that you feel have a negative impact on you. It also gives birth partners who may not have had much knowledge on hypnobirthing previously to really feel like they can ask lots of questions. Sometimes questions come about after a couple of sessions so a full course really gives that opportunity to go over elements of the course.

Course Content

  • We will look at relaxation techniques that both mother, father and birthing partners can participate in
  • Breathe work and visualisations
  • Reducing fear
  • Understanding of the birthing muscles and important hormones we use during labour
  • Places to give birth
  • The importance of a fathers/birthing partners role during birth
  • Being confident to ask questions of your caregivers and have open communication
  • Induction and how labour can be used for other types of birth apart from natural births
  • The benefits of oils in labour and massage techniques
  • Having confidence around birthing
  • Birth stats and case studies
  • How we can try to prevent intervention during birth by reducing any element of fear around birthing and being confident in your birthing body
  • How we can’t hope for a ‘good’ birth we need to prepare for one
  • At the end of each session I will ask you to practice what we have learnt together. Throughout the course you will be using the relaxation techniques and listening/reading affirmations.

As your hypnobirthing teacher I will be available for you to speak to throughout your pregnancy to help guide you should you need any further support.

The cost of the course is inclusive of both parents. I also welcome you to invite an additional birth partner at no extra cost. Its so important that anybody who is present at the birth is there as support and on board with what you’re trying to achieve through hypnobirthing.

Course cost – £395

Essentials private hypnobirthing courses

The essentials course is a great alternative to the full course for those who are short on time. This could be because of numerous reasons such as its hard to find 10 hours in both expectant parents diaries; you’ve previously had a baby but would like to explore hypnobirthing in more detail this time – perhaps you read a book before but your partner wasn’t involved; you’re close to 40 weeks but keen to hypnobirth.

This course covers all the main areas of hypnobirthing but in a more intense way and I tailor the course to your needs. If for example, you’ve done a birth preparation course i.e. NCT I will leave out practical info such as hospital bags, contraction timings if of course you’ve covered this already. You certainly won’t end a course feeling you’ve not learnt all you need to know about hynobirthing it is just covered at a faster pace.

Course content

  • Fundamentals of hypnobirthing – taking us back to basics before birth became very medicalised
  • Working with our birthing bodies & the hormones that help us achieve the most efficient birth
  • The important role birth partners have for a hypnobirthing Mum. How they can help Mum achieve the best birth
  • Understanding how hypnobirthing can work for all birth scenarios. It’s about achieving the best birth for you. If it takes an unexpected route you still felt calm, in control & part of the decision making process
  • Understanding inductions & trying to encourage spontaneous labour
  • The benefits of oils in labour and massage techniques
  • You will learn a range of hypnobirthing techniques – relaxations, breath work, stroking/massage technique, visualisation to help you achieve a calmer and happier birth
  • How preparing for birth helps you achieve a positive outcome

I am concious of the pace we cover the course at so I always welcome clients to stay in touch thereafter. That way we can talk through anything that may arise.

Course cost – £250

Refresher private course

My 3 hour refresher hypnobirthing courses are designed for those who have previously done a hypnobirthing course. It doesn’t matter which hypnobirthing course as mine is designed to recap on the fundamental areas of hypnobirthing. This is to refresh memories not to teach them how to use hypnobirthing techniques.

The course is held in the comfort of your own home and held over 1 session. During this session we will recap on the following:

  • Birthing hormones
  • Relaxations techniques
  • Visualisations
  • The benefits of oils in labour and massage techniques
  • Natural and medicalised induction

Course cost – £150

Group hypnobirthing courses

For those parents wanting to share a hypnobirthing course with other expectant parents I host group hypnobirthing courses in Hampton Hill and Twickenham. Group courses give expectant parents the opportunity to meet other parents from in and around area. They are a really lovely way to learn about hypnobirthing.

The course is held over 3 evening sessions lasting 2.5 hours. A group course is a great way to feel part of an antenatal class but to get all the benefits of hypnobirthing. The course content is the same as my full private course.

I don’t overfill courses as I want everybody to be able to ask questions and fully immerse themselves in hypnobirthing. To ensure this is the case I only teach a maximum of five couples per course. This group size allows me to get to know everybody individually.

I am happy to accommodate group classes elsewhere should there be a group of you who would like to do a course together. This could be hosted in one of the groups houses and would be the same format as my group hypnobirthing classes.

Course cost – £295

The benefits of Hypnobirthing

  • You are likely to experience a more comfortable and sometimes women refer to their birth being pain free
  • The length of labour is often much shorter with hypnobirthing births
  • The need for drugs and intervention is reduced, which allows your baby to develop naturally and easily after they arrive
  • Your baby will arrive to a serene and relaxed environment, alert and ready to bond with you as nature intended
  • Mums often bounce back quicker after a Hypnobirthing birth as the physical impact of giving birth is reduced
  • Hypnobirthing babies tend to show less distress during birth, are often very alert after birth and calmer babies
  • Your birth partner will learn how to support you and have a central and active role in the birth. A truly shared and loving experience

Interested in booking a hypnobirthing course? What to know more?

I teach private hypnobirthing courses in Barnes, Hampton, Hillingdon, Isleworth, Kingston, Richmond, Sheen, St Margarets, Sunbury, Surbiton, Teddington, Twickenham, Weybridge and surrounding areas.

For my group courses I’m taking bookings for my November course in Hampton Hill in and my first course of 2018 the January course in St Margarets. So to find out more about hypnobirthing or to book your hypnobirthing classes get in touch – I’d love to hear from you.

Follow me via my blog,  FacebookInstagram or Twitter to keep up to date with all workshops and events taking place.

Ali x

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