My name is Kelly, I'm a Hypnobirthing Australia practitioner, Registered Nurse and Midwife, mum and wife.
I first heard about Hypnobirthing when I was a student nurse and I was intrigued, I put it into the back of mind. Once I graduated I went into highly medicalised fields, primarily working within Oncology and general medicine. I went on to do Post Graduate Midwifery and again found myself working in a high risk tertiary environment. I love it, I love medicine and I love high risk! But, I started to notice a scary trend, women were transferred to us for specialised care and all of a sudden their birth wishes and desires were relinquished, not because we said they had to but because they felt helpless. I began my attempts to ‘normalise’ my labouring women, exchanging out all the wired CTG’s for telemetry monitoring. Moving the beds to side of the room and using bean bags and birth balls next to the IV stands. Introducing aromatherapy, dim lighting and music into my rooms. I tried anything to give these women back the things they wanted for their birth but felt they had lost when intervention was required. I needed these women to see that just because their birth journey had taken a detour, it didn’t mean they were no longer in control.
The birth of my second child in July 2019 was the most incredible experience of my life, if you'd like to read my pregnancy, labour and birth journey head to the blog section of the website to read my story 'From Teacher to Student, My Empowering Hypnobirth'