Hello, my name is Bonnie, founder of Great Expectations and mother to five wonderful (most of the time!) children, Ewan, seventeen, Lucy, fourteen, Sadie, nine, Liberty seven, and Seren, three months. My husband, Eddie and I have eight children between us, making for a busy yet fulfilling and happy life.
I first discovered hypnobirthing when I was pregnant with my second baby back in 2005. I was filled with fear at the thought of giving birth again and began searching for ways that I could prepare for birth in a positive way and increase my chances of an enjoyable birth experience. I found and booked on a hypnobirthing course at only five weeks pregnant, sure this was the way for me. We started the course at twenty one weeks pregnant and absolutely loved it. The daily practise benifited me during my day to day life as much as it did for birth.
Lucys birth was amazing, I was in control the entire time, and although it was hard work towards the end I had the tools to remain calm and relaxed throughout. I was on a high for weeks afterwards, the feeling of empowerment is one I will never forget. It was not long after Lucys birth that I decided to train as a hypnobirthing instructor. I really wanted to spread the word and help other mums to be have a good birth experience.
My third and fourth births were equally amazing, all different I might add but all positive. Each pregnancy and birth has also nurtured my teaching abilities and what I bring to my clients and business. I really do practise what I preach!
Training with Red Tent Doula Preparation course in March 2015 gives me the knowledge and confidence to offer ante natal and post natal support which is hugely beneficial to new mums.
I would love Great Expectations services to help families to expect great things for their birthing journey. Too often we are filled with fear as we are surrounded by negative literature, media and gossip in relation to birth and early parenting. Although these times can be challenging the positives are often overlooked. We know that quite often, we get what we expect, our expectations do influence our reality
This influences how a woman feels about her upcoming birth and motherhood. And as a result this can impact on her experiences.
By preparing with the programmes and support Great Expectations offers mothers can allow themselves to simply look forward to birth and parenthood, unhindered by fear and armed with the knowledge and tools to have a great experience.