About me

My name is Michelle, I am newly based in Stroud, Gloucestershire (2022) and became a fully qualified Hypnobirthing Practitioner (The Mongan Method US) in 2006 and also trained with KG Hypnobirthing UK.  I have also worked as a Birth Doula recognised by Doula UK. I have helped hundreds of couples achieve a calm, comfortable and gentle birth for themselves and their babies throughout East London and am now looking forward to teaching from my new home in Stroud!

I became interested in birth after having my own two children, Ella and George who are now grown ups! My first pregnancy was thrilling, I loved being pregnant and feeling all the amazing changes taking place in my body. Ella’s birth was at home, eight hours long and although a good experience compared to many, it was intense from the start and I didn’t really have the understanding or the tools to support myself and it took a long time to recover physically and emotionally.

Leading up to my second birth I felt more fearful – would I be able to do it again? It was another home birth but this time much quicker and with my body’s previous birthing experience, I was able to let go and feel the power of my body. I felt exhilarated and so proud of myself after George’s birth.

At that time, I began to realise how fearful we can become as we get closer to giving birth. I wanted to find a way of helping more women feel empowered and confident in their body’s natural ability. I began to dream of working in the birthing world and to be able to help women, their partners and babies have the best chance for a more positive experience at this life changing time. (my grandmother was a midwife in India – perhaps it’s in my genes!)

One day, whilst working in my job as a Production Manager on a women’s magazine, a chance conversation with a colleague and friend, led me to find out about Hypnobirthing. It’s philosophy and common sense approach reflected my own instinctive feelings of how birth could be and soon after I found myself training to become a Hypnobirthing Practitioner. Since then I have helped hundreds of couples have calm, confident, positive birth experiences. Read more in birth stories and testimonials

I am committed to continuously updating my skills by attending birth workshops and lectures.

I completed my Doula training with ‘Developing Doulas’ in 2013 and worked as a birth doula for several years.

I hold a Practitioner Diploma in Integrative Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy and a Certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Hypnosis and NLP.

I look forward to hearing from you!