Every journey into parenthood is different…
The Joey Journey is about supporting you through your journey with your Joey, offering classes through pregnancy to prepare you for birth and post natal classes to give you time to bond with your baby once they have arrived.
Making you feel positive
With hypnobirthing relaxation techniques and practical antenatal information we will help prepare you for birth. Giving you answers to all your questions, helping you to have the right birth for you.
Enjoy the experience
The Joey Journey hold group classes which is a great to meet other mums, or private sessions we tailor to you. Every couple will be treated as individuals, respecting your beliefs and choices.
Putting you in control
The Joey Journey teaches the Calm Births Hypnobirthing course which is about giving you the tools to understand your own body and the choices you have available.
Hi! I’m Isla
I’m a mother of two and I have had really positive birthing experiences with both my children through the help of hypnobirthing. I want to help other women feel empowered through this special time; pregnancy and birth should be an exciting, positive experience.
Calm Births Accredited
The course consists of 4 classes approximately 2 hours each.
Below is short overview of what will be taught in each session.
• Understanding how hypnotherapy will help
• Learning to relax
• Changing the perception of giving birth
• Introduction to birth and understanding YOUR body
• How to prepare you body for birth
• Breathing techniques
• Bonding with baby
• Discuss hospital bags
• How to get into labour
• Breathing techniques
• Relaxation techniques
• Discussing YOUR choices
• The post natal period
Private Sessions: £400.00
Group Classes: £250.00
Please contact me for group classes near you
Every couple will also receive:
• Client handbook for reference after the course
• Hypnobirthing MP3s
• Affirmation cards
• Useful booklets / recipes / hospital bag checklist
• Discount for any other Joey Journey classes
“A Happy Mummy is a Happy Baby”
Studies have shown that babies learn whilst still in the womb, receiving messages from their mother that prepare them for the world they are about to be born into. Therefore hypnobirthing helps relay calm positive messages to your baby letting them know they too can be relaxed.
Feeling calm and excited about meeting your baby is not only the experience you deserve but also suggests it will give your baby the healthiest start.
Poppy and James’ Story
Matilda Florence decided to surprise us with an early arrival on the 7th October!
My waters broke naturally on the Friday night at 10:30 pm and managed to labour for 16 hours at home with our rainbow relaxation, baths, fairy lights and bouncing on the gym ball until Saturday afternoon and we went into the Rushey Ward at about 2:30pm already 7cms dilated (with carefully packed hospital bags still in the car!!!)
Within the next 20minutes I was fully dilated (with only a very short burst of gas and air!) and our perfect little girl was born naturally at 17.27, weighing 7lbs. Everything moved so fast we didn’t have time to run our water birth in the end but all the techniques learnt with you meant we felt in control of the situation and Matilda has been such a calm, content baby so far we wonder how much we can attribute this to our relaxed outlook on her arrival into the world!
I am still listening to my relaxation when I’m trying to catch a few extra minutes of Zzzz as she snoozes too and it is working a treat.
Thank you so much for all your help and hard work, we will be recommending these techniques to anytime who asks ad definitely will use them again in the future if we are blessed with a brother or sister for Matilda.
Alice & Charlie’s Story
Alice and Charlie had to be induced at 35 weeks with their first baby, as it was felt that she wasn’t growing properly due to a problem with the placenta. This was obviously a worrying time for them, but the were absolutely amazing and their birth story is wonderful! They are testimony to how you have the control to make any situation a positive and calm one. This is their story:
“ I just wanted to let you know that I gave birth on Monday the 13th of March to a baby girl called Flora Ruby. I was admitted to hospital on Thursday to start the induction, but the delivery department at the hospital was overflowing with women giving birth – they were turning people away! Apparently it was sue to the full moon that weekend….
So they didn’t break my waters until Sunday at midnight, and Flora was born at exactly 8am the following morning. We used a lot of the relaxation techniques you taught us from Thursday onwards because we were waiting so long they were really helpful to keep us calm and the rainbow relaxation helped me to get a full nights sleep each night. We listened to the relaxing music once my waters were broken, and dimmed the lights so the room was very calm. The nurses all commented on how calm we were during the labour. However, the contractions were coming thick and fast and were very intense, after being checked at 7:30 I was told I was only 3cm dilated and would be checked again in 3hours. After this I lost the plot a bit, and made quite a bit of noise (which made Charlie laugh – which actually really helped me!). And Flora was born half an hour later!! So actually I was in the transition phase… but even after everything we’ve been through, I see the birth as a really positive experience. Your course really helped us, not just with the birth itself, but also with the lead up to it and throughout all of the scans and appointments we were attending. So thank you!!
Flora was born at 35weeks, weighing just 3lbs 4oz. Other than being small, she is perfect! No problems at all. So she is in the baby care unit until she gains some weight and can breastfeed. Im expressing lots of milk for her, and today she had a little latch onto my breast. So don’t think she’ll be in here too long – fingers crossed!”
Vicki & Pete’s Story
Marley Adelaide was born 19th July, at 11.07pm. She weighed 7lb 11.
I will start by saying the best advice was not to have too definite a plan as in a way the opposite happened. However she is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen and had a lovely calm entry into the world.
On Wednesday lunchtime I felt my waters break. When I looked it turned out she had been to the toilet inside me so after calling the hospital I drove myself to the maternity unit as they wanted me in as quickly as possible. This is where I used the breathing techniques to keep me calm. Pete arrived and we moved around the room, laughing, massaging, generally feeling excited rather than apprehensive. He kept reminding me of the affirmations and we felt ready. The doctor asked for a final ultrasound and she turned out to be breech. They explained my options but due to the risk of her swallowing the meconium they advised that a caesarean was needed. Again I took this calmly and we continued with the relaxation techniques.
Maternity was very busy that day so I experienced about 8 hours of surges before we went in to theatre. Despite the fact she was back to back I managed to breathe through until the very end when I had some gas and air. Again in the theatre I stayed calm, Pete using the massage techniques. And then she was here. She immediately seemed relaxed and happy and was given straight to Pete whilst they closed me up.
In the room afterwards she latched straight on for a feed an I truly believe she had a calm birth. She had not swallowed any meconium which was a relief.
She is struggling a bit to latch on now and is always hungry so breastfeeding is proving a bit of a challenge but again I am using breathing techniques and the midwives are helping with positions.
She has a small tongue tie so we are keeping an eye on it.
Thank you so much for helping us with all of the techniques and giving us knowledge. It made the birthing experience perfect, even though unexpected.
Frequently Asked Questions
When should I start classes?
It is best to attend hypnobirthing classes between 20 and 32 weeks of pregnancy, however if you are further along in your pregnancy, please do contact me if you are looking for an intense course.
Does Hypnobirthing work?
Some people think of hyopnotherapy as something spiritual, or where they loose control of their mind. This is not the case. The techniques used leave you feeling more confident and in control, and the antenatal information is Midwife accredited, therefore based on facts.
There is increasing evidence to show that the use of hypnobirthing has many physical and psychological benefits, before, during and after birth. These include: Less premature births, less inductions, less assisted births including caesarean sections. Decreased pain in labour- therefore less medication intervention to reduce pain, shorter labour time, and fewer episiotomies. Many hypnobirthing women feel they had the right birth on the day and many are happy with the birth they had and do not question any of decisions they made.
Is hypnobirthing suitable for me?
Yes! Hypnobirthing is suitable for anyone wanting to feel calm and in control of their own birth. First time mums and subsequent pregnancies welcome, sometimes negative experiences from a previous birth will make you more anxious for this one. Hypnobirthing will help you make sense of your emotions and help make this pregnancy a more positive experience.
Should I bring my partner?
Yes! Your birthing partner is really important, they will be able to learn with you understanding the birth you want to achieve. This means they will be more equipped to support you during your labour and birth.
There is also evidence to suggest the process of the hypnothereapy course also makes partners feel included, and informed as to what choices the mother will want them to make on the day. Overall partners feeling involved and as though have a purpose, helps them achieve a strong bond with their new baby.
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