Antenatal classes are big business these days and the choice out there can be quite bewildering! We'd like to reassure you that if you're thinking of investing your trust, time and money with us, that you are in safe, reliable hands. We really do want you to feel better about birth!
With our combined 40+ years of experience working with pregnant women and their partners, we think it's important that what you learn at an antenatal course is presented well and backed up by experience and up-to-date evidence. We're confident that we offer all that and more; our client feedback seems to say so too. In the old days, there were "Wise Old Women" who shared their many years of acquired skills and knowledge, passing it down for the benefit of following generations. We're not grannies just yet but we're probably quite a bit older than you! And so we became Wise Old Women! Or, captured in the name of our recently launched independent hypnobirthing course, "WOW! Hypnobirthing".
Here's a bit more of our story...
Zana and Barbara became friends over 20 years ago, when our paths crossed through our antenatal education work and we realised we shared a passion for making birth better.
Since having our own children (Barbara has two daughters, Zana has a son and a daughter - all now adults) we have had a passion to make birth better for all women and their partners. Having a strong sense of professional integrity, we each felt a need to channel our enthusiasm and back it up with in-depth knowledge, robust training and qualifications. This led us to independently embark on a DipHE (Level 5) course specifically in Antenatal Education, each qualifying around 20 years ago. Since then we have attended numerous study days, courses and events to ensure that our knowledge and skills are kept up-to-date and relevant. We both have our certificate in Hypnosis for Childbirth (hypnobirthing) from a course validated by the Royal College of Midwives. As if that wasn't enough, Barbara also gained a degree in midwifery and became a practising midwife. In addition, she is now a qualified registered hypnotherapist, helping clients overcome all sorts of fears, phobias and habits. Meanwhile, Zana decided that counselling qualifications would enhance her work with new parents, so after 3 years' study she is a qualified and accredited counsellor, specialising in issues arising from pregnancy, birth and parenting, including postnatal depression and birth trauma.
Now, Zana and Barbara have taken their combined 40+ years of experience, acquired skills and knowledge from working with thousands of new parents, along with their additional expertise, to bring you Birthing with Confidence, where you can choose from a range of antenatal courses and classes or private therapy.
We're not the youngest out there, we're certainly not the coolest, but like the "Wise Old Women" of times gone by, we will share our many years of birth wisdom and experience to help you banish anxiety and embrace confidence.