I am a hypnobirthing teacher based in Maidenhead, Berkshire. I trained as a midwife in 2011 after working closely with midwives and traditional birth attendants in North Sudan, South Sudan, Thailand and Argentina. Whilst pregnant with my son in 2018, I trained as a hypnobirthing teacher with Katharine Graves and after using what I had learned during the course for my son's birth I became determined to jump in and teach it. I set up Over the Moon Birthing in early 2019. I also work locally as a community midwife and am resident midwife at local yoga group Bumps to Babes.
I live with my husband, twin girls and little boy. When I am not working, teaching or spending time with the children, I enjoy going for runs in the countryside and seeing family and friends - now that we thankfully can again.... I also love Marmite and Roses marmalade.
Katharine Grave Hypnobirthing
MSc. Public Health in Developing Countries
I teach full 10-hour group and one-to-one KG Hypnobirthing courses which are full birth preparation courses. I also teach shorter bespoke or refresher courses for those without time on their side or who have done hypnobirthing before.
COST : Lockdown Zoom prices - £200 for a group course, £350 one-to-one or shorter courses for £120-£150.!
We were recommended Over the Moon Birthing and Joanna as a great hypnobirthing course. What made us contact her wasn't just the hypnobirthing but also that she apparently had a great wealth of knowledge on the whole pregnancy and birth journey.
This is definitely the case. Joanna managed to answer all of our questions and more importantly put us both at ease while taking away a lot of the worries we had (as first time parents). She has a naturally calm presence and a friendly conversational teaching style that worked well for us. Because of (Corvid 19) lockdown our course was conducted over Zoom, which could've been an issue but just wasn't. Joanna made time for us when we needed it and we felt very supported.
Even though our birth was medically challenging (especially during lockdown) and had to be on the labour ward rather than birthing centre, we were still able to use some of the techniques Joanna taught us. She was also a great source of knowledge and support as we were being told a lot of medical jargan on the run up to the birth (of our beautiful little girl).
She was a really helpful part of our journey and we have already recommended her to friends. Thanks Joanna!
Tom and Rita (May 2020)
Joanna was just what I needed to get into a positive, confident mindset before the birth of my second daughter. Joanna really listened and empathised with how I was feeling about my previous csection and planned VBAC, tailored her training to meet my needs and followed up with extra support before and after the birth. Her experience as a midwife really complements hynobirthing as she was able to suggest practical tips about how to create the most relaxing environment in a labour ward setting which made a big difference to me on the day. I highly recommend.
Alison (May 2020)
Alan & I booked Joanna’s 1-2-1 hypnobirthing course, as this meant we could complete the course at our home after work. Alan was slightly skeptical, but after completing our sessions he is a complete hypnobirthing advocate! Alan reads the birth affirmations to me every night. I feel so confident and am really looking forward to my birthing experience. I can’t recommend Joanna enough, I have a circle of pregnant friends and I feel that I am definitely the most positive and happy in the group; I have Joanna to thank for this.
Lauren (March 2020)
Learning about hypnobirthing, labour and how babies are delivered in Joanna's course made us very relaxed and calm in the weeks leading up to our daughter's birth. Even though the preferred birth plan went out of the window from the word go, the course helped us discuss options with the midwives and consultants and make informed decisions to ensure the best birth experience possible.
Clara (February 2020)
This was a shorter version of the longer course which Joanna gave in our home. Everything was relevant and extremely useful. I found the most helpful were the calming scripts to read to my wife. The day motivated me as a husband to take more action and command the labour room and make my wife as calm as possible. The course was very practical – I thought it might be more theoretical. The only other comment is the suggestion of maybe thinking about translating the scripts into other languages.
Irfaan (February 2020)
We found all of the course helpful, particularly the breathing techniques and empowering the men/birth partners. It allows you to explore the different options for birth and ensure you are doing what you want and not what you are told to do. It was actually more of an antenatal course than we originally thought too.
Amy and Nick (February 2020)