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My name is Jan Smith - I'm a mum of two and a grandmother. My positive birth experiences inspired me to become a midwife and I qualified in 2002.

I first trained to be a professional Hypnobirthing Teacher in 2005 and updated in 2015 with Katherine Graves Hypnobirthing. I am a member of the Hypnobirthing Association. I now teach KG Hypnobirthing which was founded in the UK and is accredited by the Royal College of Midwives. This training is supplemented by more than 15 years of midwifery experience so I am able to draw on a wealth of practical and theoretical knowledge to deliver my courses.

I currently work as a midwife in the NHS in a Birth Unit where I am able to use my skills every day supporting women in labour. I positively promote active birth, waterbirth and aromatherapy, and am sensitive to each woman's birth wishes. I have been privileged to be present at many hundreds of births, and every kind of birth, giving support to women and their partners whatever course their labour runs. I have seen the power of Hypnobirthing first-hand and am excited that the word is spreading and more and more women are discovering for themselves how effective Hypnobirthing is in labour and birth.

I also have a Diploma in Massage and Clinical Aromatherapy and work as a massage therapist for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity treating people affected by cancer.

I look forward to sharing my knowledge with you.

I am a member of the Hypnobirthing Association and have qualified as a professional hynobirthing practitioner with Katherine Graves Hypnobirthing.

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Hypnobirthing is a full ante-natal training which is simple, logical and profound.

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No other ante-natal classes are necessary as hypnobirthing gives you all the information you need to prepare for the birth of your baby in the best possible way.

The in-depth training you receive teaches you how your body works, and gives you information, relaxation techniques and breathing exercises. You receive the KG Hypnobirthing Book, the course CD, and a folder of handouts to practice at home. It releases your fears and builds confidence so you look forward to your baby's birth. It gives you a positive mental attitude, which transforms your experience of pregnancy and birth.

Parents are surprised and impressed at how confident they feel as a result of the hypnobirthing course, and the difference it makes to their experience.

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Too often we have been programmed throughout our lives with a negative preconception of pain in childbirth from books, media, and even the stories of the people around us.

The overwhelming number of birth reports from hypnobirthing mothers has been that they achieved a calm and positive birth for both parents and baby, which they remember as an empowering experience.

Nature designed your body to give birth efficiently and comfortably. Hypnobirthing shows you how.

about the course

I usually run the classes from my home or garden room in Witham. However, if it is more convenient I can come to you.

I work with couples on a one-to-one basis. These private classes offer personal attention, so you are able to feel completely comfortable when learning new skills rather than in a group. This privacy also means you are free to discuss your own particular situation with me and I am able to tailor the course to your own needs. My midwifery links and knowledge of local facilities have proved very beneficial to my clients' different situations, and helped them overcome anxieties specific to them.

The course is approximately 8 hours in total - delivered over 4 x 2 hour sessions. I am able to be flexible around your work schedules and together we can find suitable dates and times. I charge £30 per hour, so the total cost per couple for my private hypnobirthing classes is around £240.

As a clinical Aromatherapist, I am also able to create a bespoke blend of essential oils for you to use in labour. As I learn more about you, I will be able to create a blend that is unique to you, which you will be able to use in conjunction with massage techniques for labour that I will teach you.

Refresher Courses to parents having their second or subsequent baby, and who wish to use hypnobirthing again, are available. Please contact me to discuss.

The course price includes:

  • a copy of the KG Hypnobirthing Book with accompanying CD
  • a 10ml bottle of Aromatherapy massage oil for labour specific to your needs
  • ongoing telephone and email support

the course will

  • introduce you to self hypnosis
  • teach you about the muscles of the uterus
  • explain the fear - tension - pain cycle, and how to break it
  • explore reading scripts for relaxation
  • demonstrate the power of the mind
  • look at positive affirmations for birth
  • teach you a breathing technique for labour with visualisations
  • show you the optimum position for baby
  • explain perineal massage and pelvic floor exercises
  • review hypnobirth videos
  • teach you how to use a rebozo
  • cover medical induction of labour and more natural methods
  • discuss the onset of labour
  • show you gentle and firm massage techniques
  • build confidence for both parents
  • discuss different places to give birth
  • provide help with writing a birth plan
  • demonstrate the breathing technique for birth
  • show optimum positions for labour and birth
  • talk about waterbirth
  • discuss stages of labour
  • discuss skin to skin contact, Vitamin K for baby, optimal cord clamping
  • practice deeper relaxation scripts
  • anything else you want to cover about birth!

when to book your hypnobirthing classes

Most couples tend to start classes between 25 and 34 weeks of pregnancy as this gives plenty of time to practice the different techniques. However as a midwife, I have even used some of the techniques in the final stages of labour and had positive feedback from the mother!

If you are short of time, we may still be able to fit in the sessions - please contact me to discuss.


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"Hypnobirthing helped to make the best day of our lives as special as it could be."

Rosa and Ryan

"All our worries were put at ease leading to a lovely calm birth - we can't thank you enough."

Jo and Andy

"The first part of the birth went so smoothly, and when I hit an obstacle and had to have forceps, I was able to stay calm knowing I had the best possible outcome - we are so grateful."

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"Hypnobirthing made the whole process so much easier and comfortable. Thank you so much for your help - Thomas is absolutely perfect."

Samantha and Matthew

"A wonderful birth experience. Everything was great and it was a thoroughly positive experience for all of us. Waterbaby Lily."

Lucy and family

"My partner David said he felt much calmer this time around. The relaxing techniques really helped during labour for both me and the baby. The visualisation helped me focus my energy in a positive way."

Diane and baby (no name yet!)
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"I could never have imagined that giving birth could be so fantastic. I really felt I was on a grassy hill with a perfect breeze running through my hair. I never thought I'd be able to feel like that after my first childbirth experience."

Anna and Nick

useful links

New research shows that the length of human pregnancies can differ naturally by as much as five weeks.

This Guardian article from August 2015 was written by a mother of two, who used hypnobirthing for her second birth. "It was a triumph."

An article from August 2015 in the Daily Mail discusses the rise in numbers of women taking hypnobirthing classes as an alternative to pain relief during labour.

OK! featured the lovely actress Paula Lane and her growing family in their August 2106 magazine. Paula and her husband Tom talk candidly about the recent birth of their daughter Penny and how KG Hypnobirthing made all the difference.

In the article Can hypnobirthing make labour easier and less painful? Joanne Turner discusses the benefits of hypnobirthing.

Tracy Donegan talks about Instinctive birth through relaxation in this article for Midwifery Today.