It was a slightly late decision to book a hypnobirthing course (the last class was after my due date!) but I wanted to have some new tools and techniques for the birth of my second child. I was drawn to the course Natalie taught as it focused on the right birth for you. Natalie and the course were both brilliant and I'm very proud to have a positive birth story to share. Thank you Natalie! –
I found Natalie through a google search of hypnobirthing courses in Sevenoaks. Once I saw some of her videos and blogs I booked the course with much excitement but with no idea what to expect. My husband especially had no idea and was not initially sure if going along to the courses would be beneficial as he would not be labouring himself. After our first session we were both absolutely blown away with hypnobirthing and our hesitance turned into pure excitement for labour. Natalie was so excited herself it was hard not to be too!! But we learned all about how labour is a real team effort and has really shown us as a couple some amazing tools we can use to have the birth we want. I couldn’t recommend Natalie more, she was so brilliant and it’s obvious how much passion she has for teaching us how birth can be amazing xxx –
I am so glad I booked up hypnobirthing classes with Natalie. It was a fairly last minute decision of mine to decide to want to learn more about tools and techniques to help me through the labouring process. Natalie was super accommodating, being due very soon herself, and fitted my husband and I in for private classes over 2 weeks to ensure we could complete the course in advance to her having her little one!
During the sessions I not only felt that I learnt techniques that could help during birth, but also more information about pregnancy, labour and my own body in general. Natalie created such a calm and relaxed environment that I found my husband and I were also able to open up and address alot of our questions, concerns and decisions regarding what we both wanted related to birth in an open and free from judgement environment. Our discussions often extended long into the night following Natalie's sessions - I don't think we would of even thought of some of the points raised without her.
Having welcomed my son into the world via emergency caesarean in January, I can honestly say, despite nothing going to plan and having an alternative to my ideal birth, I was able to employ some of the techniques learnt even in the high alert situation we found ourselves in.
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I absolutely loved the hypnobirthing course we attended. The classes were split into really manageable pieces and I felt that the course length was just right to ensure sure time to practice and take it all in. There were also lots of really lovely goodies to help prepare you for the baby.
The place where the classes are held is really lovely and nice and central with parking which is great.
Most importantly - Natalie is a wonderful teacher; incredibly sweet and helpful. She passed on loads of really helpful tips not just on hypnobirthing and is a wonderful resource even after the course has finished. She also has a great voice for hypnobirthing
We chose to take our hypnobirthing classes with Natalie at Equilibrium Birthing because we really resonated with Natalie's personal story on her website and her outlook on the birthing experience, we chose to do this even though we lived an hour away! It was the best decision we made, as even though our birth didn't go to plan we had the most incredibly magical hypnobirth, and our son was born calm, relaxed and ready. We still keep in touch with Natalie, and would absolutely recommend her to anyone and everyone, she is truly an amazing teacher and we know we wouldn't have had the amazing experience we had, birthing our son, had we not taken our hypnobirthing classes with Natalie. Thank you so much for everything :)
It was a real pleasure to work with Natalie. She has a very calming and positive presence and allowed both my husband and I to become excited and empowered about our birth. We both enjoyed the lessons and felt much more ready for our birth once we had completed the sessions. Thank you.
My husband and I attended Natalie’s group classes in February and we feel so prepared and confident now in the run up to our baby’s birth (Due in May.)
Learning all about our mind/body connection has allowed us to realise that how I feel about the birth going forward, will influence what happens on the day. We had no idea about how powerful the mind was!
Attending these classes were a wonderful way for us to relax and spend precious time together talking about what we want for our baby’s birth and they really helped us to decide what our birth preferences were.
We are now looking forward to the birth so much and are not anxious in the slightest! We can’t wait for the day to come.
I cannot recommend Natalie enough for her gentle nature, amazing knowledge and genuine interest in each and every one of us as individuals.
My husband and I met Natalie for our wise hippo birthing programme during week 26 of my pregnancy.
On arriving at her beautiful cottage we were made to feel extremely welcome and relaxed and both immediately felt excited about the journey we were about to embark on.
Natalie took the time to get to know us both as a couple and each of us as individuals during the classes which made the experience feel really personal. She shared her own birth story with us and we both enjoyed hearing how wonderful and calm it was.... something you don’t hear very often, if at all!
Natalie taught us amazing relaxation techniques, which we have both found ourselves using in our every day lives and she explained, in detail, the physiology of birth which helped us both to understand and prepare for the upcoming arrival of our baby.
We have been able to write a simple but detailed birth plan with Natalie’s support and feel confident and prepared for all the possible scenarios and how to take control of any unplanned situations that may arise when the big event takes place.
We would like to thank Natalie for sharing with us an amazing programme and look forward to sharing our birth story with other hippo birthers very soon!
Lorraine & Paul