Julia's journey from London midwife to Sheffield hypnobirthing teacher, new mum, and facilitator of The Positive Birth Movement, Sheffield

After qualifying as a midwife at King's College London, I went straight to work for a caseload team in South London. This brilliant job - based at St Thomas' hospital - gave me the opportunity to work with women from their booking appointment, through the birth, to the early days of parenthood. I have now assisted at well over 100 births, at home and in hospital settings. It is always a privilege to support mothers at the time of birth, and I have seen, time and time again, the great strength that women bring to their own unique birth experience.

I was convinced of the benefits of hypnobirthing long before becoming a midwife. My sister, after a challenging first birth, used hypnobirthing to prepare for her second. The result was a overwhelmingly positive natural birth experience for my sister, which, in turn, transformed my understanding of what birth could be like. I have now witnessed many times the positive effects of hypnobirthing, and strongly believe in its benefits, however a birth unfolds.  

I now live in the Nether Edge area of Sheffield, and continue to work as an NHS midwife and KG Hypnobirthing teacher in London, Yorkshire and Derbyshire.  I am also doing a PhD at the University of Leicester, exploring how midwives and doctors care for women when they report changes in their babies' movement.

I recently brought my own daughter into the world, and found hypnobirthing a great help during what was a challenging, brilliant and transformative home birth. I'm looking forward to returning to teaching in the Autumn, with a deeper understanding of pregnancy and birth, this time from a mum's perspective.

Finally, I facilitate the Sheffield Positive Birth Movement Group. The Positive Birth Movement is a brilliant global network of free-to-attend antenatal groups, connecting women to share stories, expertise and positivity about childbirth. I absolutely love running this group, which is different ever time! Upcoming events and more information can be found on our Facebook page here.

Please get in touch to talk about hypnobirthing, The Positive Birth Movement, or with any other questions you might have.

- Julia