My husband and I attended Joanna's course, and it was amazing. We learnt so much from her, the course was so informative and Joanna's experience and impartial recommendations were so helpful. We loved the calm environment she created where no question as out of bounds. We would recommend this course to anyone, planning any type of birth, it is so empowering. Thank you Joanna :) x
Nicola (August 2023)
Over the Moon Birthing is a wonderful class, my husband and I learnt so much and felt so much more confident and in control of our anxieties about birth and our pregnancy. Joanna helped us alot and we would recommend the class to anyone x
Devina (April 2023)
Me and Bradley are so grateful to have attended Joanna’s classes! It was a combination of hypnobirthing and antenatal classes. I think this course would be useful for both first time and second time expectant parents. It’s also a really nice way to meet local mums. We learnt a lot, and my anxieties around the birth have been alleviated thanks to Joanna. I would definitely recommend this course to friends and family as and when they’re expecting! Thanks Joanna :)
Jess (March 2023)
We loved Joanna's hypnobirthing course, and really recommend it if you're looking to truly understand birth and help you to navigate all the information out there. Joanna brings a unique blend of experience - an experienced midwife alongside her passion for empowered births using hypnobirthing - she was the perfect mix we were looking for in our antenatal teacher. She's really open and inclusive. She never preached or told you her opinion, she always came from a place of providing information to make our own decisions. The classes are relaxed, allowing time for lots of questions and "mythbusting" which we found really helpful. We've finished the course feeling calm about birth and Joanna's calm vibe is definitely a contributing factor.
Annika (March 2023)
Highly recommend Joanna‘s hypnobirthing course, which prepared me for a beautiful, relaxed and quick first labour experience. I’ve had a homebirth in the pool without any pain interventions and I am so thankful I discovered hypnobirthing for my first pregnancy so I could come away with such a positive birth story. thank you for this informative course and the tools you provided!
Mona (January 2023)
I really can't recommend Joanna enough...
Joanna gave me the confidence and knowledge I needed to enjoy the last trimester, as well as seeing me thru a long early labour - with ease - and then an 8 hour labour. Joanna introduced us to homebirth, which we decided to have.
Being a midwife gave us so much trust in Joanna and I really can't imagine what my birth would have been like without Joanna's guidance.
And apart from anything else... the first night my husband read a script to me I slept for five hours straight, having previously only being able to sleep two hours at a time!!
Thank you so much Joanna :)
Jenny (December 2022)
We started the hypnobirthing group in August, my husband was sceptical at first, but we both really enjoyed the sessions and found it very helpful. It made the end of the pregnancy very positive and relaxed - I wasn't concerned about or scared of labour at all. My birthing experience was positive and I was able to use some of the techniques we had practiced. I would definitely recommend Over the Moon Birthing and Joanna.
Amy (November 2023)
Can’t recommend these classes highly enough. Joanna was amazing!
Mike (November 2023)
I cannot recommend Joanna's Hypnobirthing course enough. As a nervous, first time Mummy-to-be I was very seriously considering an elective caesarean section -believing this would be the best and safest way to bring our baby to the world. Friends had urged me to try Hypnobirthing before making a decision.
We were so incredibly lucky to find Joanna at over the moon birthing. Having a qualified midwife to guide us through pregnancy, various birthing options and choices, not to mention the NHS maternity minefield- it was just invaluable. Sharing her expert knowledge and skill as a practising midwife who is passionate about empowering couples to make informed choices about their birthing preferences has left us feeling confident about birth. We also met a wonderful group of local parents to be and feel so lucky to have a hub of support around us.
I'm happy to say that I'm now going into labour with confidence in myself, the ability to challenge clinical decisions and have the healthiest start to life for our little one. Thankyou Joanna! If you're on the fence about whether to make the investment of Jo's Hypnobirthing course please book on with my highest recommendations.
Lizzie (and Jonathan) - Maidenhead
We attended Joanna’s hypnobirthing course so that we could prepare for the birth of our first baby. We really wanted a positive birth experience and this course was perfect for giving us confidence and understanding on how we could achieve this. I particularly enjoyed learning relaxation techniques and practicing these in the lead up to the birth of our baby.
Three weeks after finishing the course, our girl arrived safely on her due date. Whilst the birth we had was a bit eventful, what we learnt from the course was valuable in helping us to make informed decisions alongside the health professionals and we felt in control. I intended to have a midwife-led birth in the pool but ended up on labour ward with a fair bit of intervention - it goes to show that you can still have a positive birthing experience when things don’t quite go how we expected!
Thanks Joanna for all your support - Rosie & Charlie x
(Rosie & Charlie, August 2022)
We attended Joanna hypnobirthing course this summer preparing for our first baby. We wanted to do an antenatal course that would be both educational about labour and birth whilst also focusing on a positive birth where you can feel informed and empowered. We would highly recommend the course and Joanna for these reasons.
We really liked that the course focused on antenatal essentials as well as the hypnobirthing exercises and was just generally really supportive in helping us to understand the decisions we can make during our baby’s birth. The course was also a great opportunity to meet a lovely group of like minded parents-to-be.
Would 100% recommend this course to friends and others whether it’s first baby or subsequent! Thank you Joanna!
Gabi (August 2022)
I couldn't have asked for a better hypnobirthing teacher than Joanna! All the sessions we had were very interesting and educational, especially for me and my partner as we are both first time parents. Doing a hypnobirthing course with Joanna definitely helped me during labour, I mean the nurses didn't believe I was in active labour until I was about 8cm dilated due to me using Joanna's techniques through contractions! My biggest fear was getting an epidural and also tearing and because of all the advice I was given by Joanna I managed to get through labour with no epidural and I also didn't tear! I couldn't recommend Joanna enough x
Chloe (April 2022)
Joanna delivers such a wonderful course, we left feeling confident and knowledgeable in what to expect! My partner and I decided against going to the traditional NCT classes and instead looked for a hypnobirthing course with the view that it would give us a more expansive idea of the birth and how we could make it the best experience for us than other antenatal course. For some bizarre reason people always discuss the bad parts and scary stories about giving birth - Joanna’s calm and easy approach very quickly puts your mind at ease and allows you to focus on your birthing choices and making the birth as wonderful and positive as you’d like (without having unrealistic expectations). Personally, I found the scripts and breathing techniques to be so useful, especially as my partner was able to notice when my breathing wasn’t as focused and could bring me back to the correct breathing technique. I would highly recommend Over the Moon Birthing to anyone looking for antenatal and hypnobirthing classes!
Megan (March 2022)
My husband and I attended Joanna’s hypnobirthing course when we were pregnant with our first baby. We both absolutely loved the course. It was very informative, covering labour prep, all the scientific side of labour, all eventualities and ways we could deal with different situations meaning we continued our pregnancy journey feeling empowered to make the right decisions for us and confident about labour. Joanna was fantastic at answering our many questions with all her knowledge and experience and has even continued to support us after the course. Joanna is so genuine and really kind hearted, couldn’t recommend enough!
Roxy (March 2022)
I wish there was more than five stars to give. We absolutely loved the course, the content and the pace. Joanna delivered everything from start to finish with such passion and ease. She really took the time to get to know us and, most wonderfully, so gently unfold our true thoughts and wishes which sat securely behind conditioned beliefs and systems.
With all the experience and knowledge that Joanna shared throughout the course and through everything that we learnt we delivered our baby at home, without intervention or pain relief, surpassing our wildest dreams.
We couldn’t have done this without the techniques Joanna shared and the confidence she uncovered, both in such a kind, empowering and practical way.
I couldn’t recommend Joanna anymore than by saying I wouldn’t hesitate to use her again and I’ve already shared her course details with friends.
Emily (February 2022)
Attending Joanna’s hypnobirthing classes was the best thing we could do during my pregnancy. Alongside hypnobirthing techniques it was incredible to understand how our body works during labour. I highly recommend this course even if your are planning for a caesarean birth, my baby was born via c-section and all the breathing and relaxation techniques with positive affirmations on post it notes really helped to have a lovely experience in a very medical condition. Thank you very much for helping us to meet our baby girl.
Nicoletta & Amine (January 2022)
We’d like to thank Joanna for opening our minds to the hypnobirthing world. We had completed an online course but it was so helpful to reinforce our knowledge in person and ask any questions- the groups are small and a perfect atmosphere to speak out and make friends. Our birth didn’t go quite to plan but looking back, the skills we learnt allowed me to focus my mind elsewhere and deal with the decisions needed.
Joanna’s knowledge of midwifery and the hospital system was really reassuring and put our minds at rest so we knew what to expect. We’d really recommend Joanna’s course! Thank you x
Laura (December 2021)
We cannot recommend Joanna’s course enough. I went in with an open mind and a sceptical husband and we have both left feeling equally confident and excited about the birth of our baby. The course is both about promoting a positive mental attitude for both mother and partner, but also focuses on the anatomy and process of labour- which is validated by Joanna’s experience and expertise as a midwife. Joanna is a great teacher- no question is too silly and she considers all options without prejudice and with an open mind. Thank you so much for this course. Not only am I now prepared for birth but actually looking forward to it!
Annie (December 2022)
Joanna delivered a perfect course to complement the standard online KGH training. I and my wife have been very lucky as Joanna happened also to be our assigned midwife towards the end of the pregnancy so we could appreciate her professional qualities both as an NHS midwife and as a freelancer teaching hypnobirthing. We definitely recommend Over the Moon Birthing while preparing for the birth of your first or next child.
Giovanni (November 2021)
We would highly recommend Joanna’s hypnobirthing course, as it was a key factor on our journey to a positive birth experience! Having entered pregnancy with a fear of labour, we thought we’d give hypnobirthing a go in the hope that it would provide us with a few coping techniques. However, Joanna’s sessions were so much more than that. As an experienced midwife with knowledge of the local hospital systems, she delivered a comprehensive overview of birth and pain relief options, as well as the first weeks with the baby, on top of a deep-dive course on hypnobirthing techniques.
By the end of Joanna’s course, we felt so much more at ease, and I went from being afraid and solely focused on what my pain relief options would be, to feeling excited about the potential of my birth experience and feeling confident enough to plan a water birth at a birth centre. Following the course, we recorded my husband reading a few of the relaxations, and I listened to these daily in my final weeks of pregnancy. They particularly helped keep me relaxed in the weeks running up to the birth that was a week overdue, while the visualisation and breathing techniques helped keep me calm, focused, and confident during labour.
Compared to a prenatal NCT course we took later, most of the NCT course material we discovered to our surprise Joanna had already covered (in much greater depth than NCT and taught in a way that was far more accessible). While the birth itself didn’t go 100% to plan, overall, it was incredibly positive. Joanna also facilitated introductions to other couples in her course and made herself available for questions during the first days and weeks with the baby, both of which we remain very grateful for. Thank you again for a great course and all your support Joanna!
Sashka (October 2021)
We would highly recommend a hypnobirthing course with Joanna, it was a huge help to us during the birth of our baby girl in July. Joanna taught us all the techniques we needed for a calm and positive birth - even though the birth didn't necessarily go exactly to our plan (!) we never felt panicked or worried throughout - and we 100% put this down to doing the course. Also as an experienced midwife living locally, Joanna's inside knowledge of the local hospitals and birth centres also put us at ease, given we weren't able to visit in advance due to covid. Many thanks Joanna! x
Ali (September 2021)
So pleased we found Joanna and her amazing course. She has undoubtedly prepared my husband and I for the birth of our first born this October. We are both much more confident and better informed about the birth process and the hugely beneficial technique that hypnobirthing teaches. Before we took the course I felt nervous about labour and birth. I now feel well prepared and excited and it's all thanks to Jo! Highly recommend all expectant parents to take this course 💕
Gemma (August 2021)
I was freaking out before, but now feel a million times more informed and confident having done this course. Thank you Joanna.
Jon (August 2021)
Over the Moon Birthing with Joanna was instrumental in equipping myself and my birth partner as first time parents with the education and tools needed to ultimately achieve the birth we wanted. We felt as prepared as we could be, as the course covers so much from pregnancy, birth, and post natal topics and all of the potential routes the birth my take and more! I'm particularly grateful for Joanna's guidance, advice and support for optimal positioning, what to do when things aren't going so smoothly and further reading (as I very much enjoy reading the sciencey stuff). My birth partner went from anxious and worried about the birth to actively looking forward to it with me and we both credit the course with remaining calm and feeling in control throughout, we can honestly say we look forward to (hopefully!) doing it again.
Amy (July 2021)
We can't recommend Joanna and her hypobirthing course highly enough! Joanna is brilliant - warm, kind, supportive, calm, funny and incredibly knowledgeable. Both myself and my partner felt so much more prepared for the journey ahead and after completing the course and we were really looking forward to the birth! From the practice of visualisation to writing our birth plan, the stages of labour, the importance of questioning interventions, and everything in between, we came away knowing that we had the knowledge and tools we needed and more to approach the birthing experience in a positive way with a great sense of empowerment. Although we didn't quite have the birth we had hoped for, the first twelve hours, at home and in the birth centre, were really, really special, and an experience that neither of us will ever forget. That was made possible by Joanna's support and expertise. Thank you, Joanna! Becca, Kat and little Grace xxx
Becca (June 2021)
We did a course with Joanna last year for the arrival of our first son, and I just have words of gratitude towards her. Like many new mums, I felt quite nervous as pregnancy developed towards the due date, so when some friends recommended Hypnobirthing to us I didn't think twice and booked the course with Joanna. Her experience as a midwife, plus her positive attitude towards life, gave me the confidence to feel comfortable about giving birth and also helped me develop relaxing techniques that I used in the last months of my pregnancy. I remember practising the techniques, listening to the audios or having a bath and relaxing so much that I could feel the baby responding to me :) Not only did it help create special bonding moments but also helped me feel better prepared. Once we were in the hospital, things didn't go the way we expected as can often be the case (baby was in a breech position) but the Hypnobirthing techniques helped us to make informed decisions so we did what was best for us. Joanna explained with such detail everything that can happen during birth that we felt in control at all times (despite the adversities).
Ana (June 2021)
Thank you so much Joanna for taking us through this journey. We've taken so much from the time we've spent with the group, and we look forward to a positive birth in August! Lots of love x
David and Sarah (May 2021)
Thanks Joanna for your great insights and knowledge. I would definitely recommend this course even for second time mums. Great refresher and hypnobirthing techniques delivered by an experienced midwife.
Luana (May 2021)
I could not recommend hypnobirthing from ‘Over the Moon Birthing’ enough! Joanna is a calm and supportive hypnobirthing teacher who taught me techniques to manage difficult situations and keep a positive mind set.
I could not recommend hypnobirthing enough to any woman who will be giving birth. The power of the mind and the visualisation and breathing techniques Joanna coached me through were incredible. Hypnobirthing with ‘Over the Moon Birthing’ has been wonderful for me and my husband. Thank you Joanna!
Monica (May 2021)
Please click here for Monica's birth story which demonstrates how Monica dealt with some of the pressures she faced (with grace, strength and lots of hypnobirthing knowledge and techniques!).
We followed a hypnobirthing course with Joanna prior to our daughter being born and it was one of the best things we could have done. It made us both feel ready, prepared and calm in the run up to our daughters arrival, we were confident in the choices we had and in our birth plan, and resulted in a very positive birth experience and fast recovery. We’d highly recommend Joanna and Over the Moon Birthing.
Anya (March 2021)
We enjoyed the Hypnobirthing course with Joanna. It was a good mix of practical advice for preparing for birth and during birth and great knowledge of pregnancy and birth delivered in a friendly manner. The hypnobirthing technique was explained really well and gave us great confidence for the birth. We really liked that Joanna is a midwife as she has so much experience with deliveries and pregnancies that we knew that her advice was coming from a very knowledgeable position.
Joanna is very open and friendly and gave us ample opportunities to ask questions and express concerns. We would recommend the course. It was only a shame that it was on Zoom as it would have been enhanced if it had been in person.
Camilla (March 2021)
We would highly recommend Joanna's hypnobirthing course. It was hugely informative and helped us to really understand the birthing process, our options and preferences. Joanna did a fab job at really listening to the group's needs, tailoring the course to these and offering both a scientific and practical view from her midwife's perspective. It helped us so much to have the natural birth we wanted and feel in control and aware of our options at all times. A huge support and something I would recommend for all first time parents!
Rebecca (February 2021)
Since the early stages of my pregnancy I had been quite anxious about giving birth, mostly due to stories from other women about pains and complications during labour and birth. Joanna was extremely patient in slowly changing my outlook on giving birth by sharing her vast experience and lots of great resources such as videos and stories from women who have had positive birth experiences. Her hypnobirthing course is informative and fun, and provided us with both practical tools (breathing techniques, visualisation techniques etc.) and the knowledge of what to expect during labour. Joanna explained different scenarios during labour and birth and available options, risks, and scientific evidence, and the knowledge of the medical system we gained made us feel confident deciding for ourselves what we wanted to do as well as create a birthing plan that worked for us.
Thanks to Joanna and the Hypnobirthing course we had a very relaxed and beautiful natural birth at home. We used a birthing pool and in addition Joanna had recommended getting a birthing ball which was absolutely amazing especially during the first stages of labour. Because my partner and I did the course together, we both knew what to expect and what to do which made the birthing experience much more intimate. We will definitely recommend Joanna to friends and family! She is very knowledgeable, experienced, patient and kind, and she was an invaluable support to myself and my partner throughout the pregnancy.
Gaby (January 2021)
We can’t thank Joanna enough for guiding us through the hypnobirthing course and preparing us for a very calm delivery. Our daughter was born at 38 weeks, we started early labour at home and then it stopped so we were induced because of reduced movements. Although I was alone for most of the labour because of Covid (they didn’t check me until I was 8.5cm as I was a first timer!) the hypnobirthing was absolutely amazing! I was in antenatal and listened to the relaxations, managed all the pain with lots of breathing and baths and didn’t have any pain relief, except paracetamol at the end! It was relatively quick entrance to the world, only 2 hours in the delivery room and about 8 hours of contractions, so I had such a positive experience! Even though I had an episiotomy, I feel like I’m ready to do it again!
I cannot thank you enough for preparing us for a calm, natural delivery!
Charlotte (October 2020)
Thank you Joanna for helping us to achieve the natural home water birth we both wanted. I knew a little about hypnobirthing before we started the course but it gave me the confidence to ask for a home birth, knowing how to keep myself calm and relaxed during the labour resulted in a very quick first and second stage labour without requiring any medical interventions at all.
Victoria (September 2020)
My wife and I have just finished our Hypnobirthing course with Joanna and we are both feeling equally positive and confident about the remaining weeks of pregnancy and the birth!
We approached the course with an open mind and, as a result, it has benefitted us in many different ways. We were able to not only cover a lot of informative aspects (Joanna was very patient with all our questions!), but more importantly develop a much more beneficial and productive mindset. And, of course, we're now practising and putting plenty of time into slowing down, breathing and relaxing, which has become so so useful in any situation, not just pregnancy!
So, whatever birth experience awaits us, we should go into it as prepared as possible! Thank you Joanna :-)
Marcus (August 2020)
Thank you Joanna for a wonderful hypnobirthing course. Joanna was a great source of support throughout the course and she helped us feel confident and calm. As she is a mid-wife, we felt the advice she gave us was practical, professional, well-researched and up-to-date while also being understanding, caring and encouraging. Joanna was also very willing to answer any general questions we had on the birth process outside of class (email or text). As we were second-time parents, we were interested in hypno-birthing as we had done NCT first time around and wanted to refresh our knowledge while doing something different and, since our first birth, we had heard so many positive stories about hypno-birthing. Arguably, we learned more in Joanna’s classes than we did the whole of NCT and as Joanna linked the science of birth (oxytocin/Adrenalin, etc) to practical exercises we really felt in control of the birth process. As a result of Joanna’s classes we can honestly say that we were able to have (and even surpass) the birth that we were hoping for. This was particularly special considering baby was born during the height of lockdown and much of the birth experience (home births, visitors, etc) we were planning was unavailable which made the days and weeks leading up to the birth more anxious than it would otherwise have been. Despite this, the hypno-birthing skills we acquired gave us structure and a foundation on which to build our approach to labour and the confidence to stay calm and in control throughout. Practising the hypno-birthing exercises with my husband during pregnancy was also a lovely time to bond over the pregnancy and discuss our birth plan together. It’s a time that you wouldn’t otherwise use purely about the baby (especially with a toddler running around all day!) All in all, we would not hesitate to recommend Joanna and hypno-birthing to any parents-to-be, whether it be a first child or subsequent and wish Joanna all the best with the courses.
Sophie (August 2020)
We were recommended Over the Moon Birthing and Joanna as a great hypnobirthing course. What made us contact her wasn't just the hypnobirthing but also that she apparently had a great wealth of knowledge on the whole pregnancy and birth journey.
This is definitely the case. Joanna managed to answer all of our questions and more importantly put us both at ease while taking away a lot of the worries we had (as first time parents). She has a naturally calm presence and a friendly conversational teaching style that worked well for us. Because of (Corvid 19) lockdown our course was conducted over Zoom, which could've been an issue but just wasn't. Joanna made time for us when we needed it and we felt very supported.
Even though our birth was medically challenging (especially during lockdown) and had to be on the labour ward rather than birthing centre, we were still able to use some of the techniques Joanna taught us. She was also a great source of knowledge and support as we were being told a lot of medical jargan on the run up to the birth (of our beautiful little girl).
She was a really helpful part of our journey and we have already recommended her to friends. Thanks Joanna!
Tom and Rita (May 2020)
Joanna was just what I needed to get into a positive, confident mindset before the birth of my second daughter. Joanna really listened and empathised with how I was feeling about my previous csection and planned VBAC, tailored her training to meet my needs and followed up with extra support before and after the birth. Her experience as a midwife really complements hynobirthing as she was able to suggest practical tips about how to create the most relaxing environment in a labour ward setting which made a big difference to me on the day. I highly recommend.
Alison (May 2020)
Alan & I booked Joanna’s 1-2-1 hypnobirthing course, as this meant we could complete the course at our home after work. Alan was slightly skeptical, but after completing our sessions he is a complete hypnobirthing advocate! Alan reads the birth affirmations to me every night. I feel so confident and am really looking forward to my birthing experience. I can’t recommend Joanna enough, I have a circle of pregnant friends and I feel that I am definitely the most positive and happy in the group; I have Joanna to thank for this.
Lauren (March 2020)
Learning about hypnobirthing, labour and how babies are delivered in Joanna's course made us very relaxed and calm in the weeks leading up to our daughter's birth. Even though the preferred birth plan went out of the window from the word go, the course helped us discuss options with the midwives and consultants and make informed decisions to ensure the best birth experience possible.
Clara (February 2020)
This was a shorter version of the longer course which Joanna gave in our home. Everything was relevant and extremely useful. I found the most helpful were the calming scripts to read to my wife. The day motivated me as a husband to take more action and command the labour room and make my wife as calm as possible. The course was very practical – I thought it might be more theoretical. The only other comment is the suggestion of maybe thinking about translating the scripts into other languages.
Irfaan (February 2020)
We found all of the course helpful, particularly the breathing techniques and empowering the men/birth partners. It allows you to explore the different options for birth and ensure you are doing what you want and not what you are told to do. It was actually more of an antenatal course than we originally thought too.
Amy and Nick (February 2020)
Joanna’s course has empowered us to know our options and make informed decisions. It has educated us on the partner’s role and how critical this can be to the process. All the additional info and hands on practice were really helpful and we have been motivated to listen at home to the recordings and scripts, practise breathing and write our birth plan together.
Matt and Ana (February 2020)
I found the free taster session really useful as this was a way to meet and ask initial questions about what Hypnobirthing was before it became a real thing for me. I also found the books that were shared were useful and I went onto buy one of these and this was a great help.
I found the course good, and great that it was run by you a trained Midwife! Much of the material and content overlapped with what I had already read in the Katherine Graves Hypnobirthing book, so little of what we went through was new.. same for pre-natal yoga. Many of the local prenatal yoga classes have a hypnobirthing philosophy about them without calling it Hypnobirthing class. I think the benefit of coming to a Hypnobirthing class should be to experience and learn something from an experienced professional that you can't necessarily extract from a book. The audios that KG provides in the book are great and so I feel a class or course should offer that step further in understanding how hypnobirthing can help your labour experience, whatever that might be.
The venue was nice and suitable for the content and the tea, bread and cheese were amazing and we were really grateful for these!
Overall, from my personal experience, I think Hypnobirthing can support you however / whatever your birth experience looks like. The realms of the system and process however can throw you off and I think pregnant hypnobirthers should know whatever happens, you can try to incorporate hypnobirthing breathing techniques into the stages of labour. For me, I was able to use it at the start of labour when I was induced, but in active labour, the pain was so excruciating, I felt no amount of breathing was going to help! It was yelp or breathe, and I needed to yelp in a primal way to process the pain.
The whole process did help my confidence and ultimately put me in control knowing I chose the elements of the birth I was able to.
Zoe (November 2019)
I started having a home birth and we were doing really well without any pain relief, not even gas and air. The massage was amazing. I got to 7cm dilated like this, so we did the hard bit at home, but our baby Alex’s heart rate kept dropping so we had to go into hospital. The staff said it had been the busiest night of the year so I felt very relieved that they could find me a bed.
You would have laughed if you’d seen me, because every time I got a contraction I said “surrrrge” to make Ed focus and massage my back. The midwives at home were used to it but when the consultant at Wexham came in she said, “What is search?”
The results of the monitoring showed Alex was in distress so they suggested a caesarean and Alex was airlifted out. We made sure the cord had completely stopped pulsating before it was cut.
Although it was exactly the opposite of what we had planned, we managed to ask the right questions and explain the concerns we had and we stayed calm and felt reassured from what we had learnt on the course. So, despite our baby breaking all the rules and going completely against mummy’s homebirth plan, we are both still very glad we did your hypnobirthing course. I think the experience would’ve been much scarier had we not been so well informed by you.
Bonnie (September 2019)
I started looking into hypnobirthing whilst pregnant with my 3rd baby, both of my other 2 babies were born naturally, but on a labour ward and I had decided I wanted a home birth this time round with the hope that the relaxation and breathing techniques could only help things along.
There was lots of information online, however I felt to really get the most out of it, speaking with someone one to one would be more beneficial. I got in touch with Jo and we spoke about the benefits of hypnobirthing and how she could help and what was included in the course she ran.
I read the Katherine Graves hypnobirthing book in advance and attended the course dates with my husband who was completely new to all things hypnobirthing too. The information on the course was a lot more in depth than expected, going through how the body actually works during labour and then more practical elements with the breathing techniques and relaxation options.
There were a few other couples on the course also and Jo made all of us feel at ease and answered any questions we had along the way.
Jo was really knowledgeable on the subject as well as being a midwife so her views on both aspects were really interesting. Whilst learning the breathing and relaxation were the main elements for me, all the information on informed choices was probably the most fascinating because it had never been fully explained to me in that way before, even after having two children! I only wish I had done hypnobirthing when pregnant first time round. My third baby is due very soon, so I am looking forward to putting my new knowledge into practice and having my baby at home, thank you Jo for all your help!
Amy and Paul (February 2019)
My husband and I attended the hypnobirthing session with Jo for our third baby. It was really good to have such a different and more natural approach rather than so many medical interventions, which personally gave us a very protracted labour with our 2nd baby. I am really hoping this will give me the tools to avoid the same thing again! I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a way to work with your own body to make labour easier.
Anje and Ben (February 2019)
Joanna is super teacher, both my hubby and I found her warm, friendly and kind, very informative and a great help on our journey into birth and beyond...I don’t think I’ve ever been so relaxed! Thank you So much :)
Nathalie (Michael's partner) (February 2019)
I reluctantly went with my wife to meet Joanna on a group hypnobirthing course, I had no idea what to expect, would Nathalie be clucking like a chicken during birth??
What I got from the course were the tools in which to help & support my wife throughout the birth of our son. As a male, we look for jobs to do, I found this course gave me that.
Rather than being the ‘spare part’ in the birthing suite, I was my wife’s focus. I got her mindset in the right place and we went through the whole thing together. I can highly recommend that any father-to-be complete this course, it is fun, interactive & gives you the tools to actually help during labour!
Michael (Nathalie's partner) (February 2019)
I would highly recommend hypnobirthing for all parents. There are numerous benefits for mum, but it is also a fantastic opportunity for a birthing partner to become an integral part of the process, both for the birth and the hours, days, weeks and months before. A personalised hypnobirthing session in a nurturing, intimate and trusting environment nurtures an incredibly strong pregnancy bond between partners.
Jo is excellent at explaining the reasoning behind all the actions and making you feel comfortable and safe when it comes to some of the bits where you may feel a bit embarrassed in a bigger group. Jo has a great conversational style of training, so you don't feel overwhelmed with information. Jo's professional and personal experience of childbirth are also an invaluable resource when it comes to any questions you may have.
The hypnobirthing kept both of us much more relaxed during the labour. I don’t think either of us would have gotten through what turned out to be a difficult birth without the hypnobirthing skills Jo taught us. Hypnobirthing was one of the best decisions we took when planning for the birth of our beautiful daughter and with Jo you will be in the safest pair of hands.
Ben and Elaine (January 2019)