Hi, many congratulations.
I’m Leila Gardiner, experienced hypnobirthing childbirth educator, hypnotherapist, birth and postnatal doula based in Reigate, Surrey, and I’m delighted to be able to offer wonderful, meaningful and supportive doula care in our local community. I am bilingual, speaking both English and fluent Persian/Farsi as my mother tongue. I grew up in London and settled in Surrey to start my own family with my husband and two beautiful school-aged boys.
Becoming a mother has taught me how profoundly important it is to have loving support during the joyful and often challenging journey of raising the next generation. The importance of being connected to strong women, who weave a supportive web to carry us through the hard times, and help us rise up stronger than before simply cannot be over-estimated, but many of us no longer have immediate access to this network of family and extended family.
Becoming a Doula
After a traumatic first birth without any practical or emotional tools I could draw upon throughout my pregnancy or labour, I had a second healing and successful home hypnobirth with my own wonderful doula support. My second birth was one of my proudest and most joyful achievements and this inspired me to set up Inspiring Births so I could offer warm and meaningful support to other Mums-to-be.
I am a qualified Psychotherapist, life and fertility coach. I have been running my Inspiring Births hypnobirthing practice since 2008 and I’ve successfully run hypnobirthing workshops for the past 11 years. Prior to that, I worked for 16 years in the NHS in pregnancy and fertility ultrasound, and I still practice ultrasound in the private sector. Being able to offer birth and postnatal doula support to other Mums-to-be is both a great joy and an enormous privilege.
I was very fortunate to grow up with some amazingly supportive strong women and role models. My incredibly nourishing maternal Grandmother, who was from a country and culture that valued motherhood to such a high level, planted the seed of caring and support in me and encouraged my passion to support new mums.
I offer one-to-one support and education to empower and assist you and will accompany you and your family through this significant moment in your lives, increasing your confidence and knowledge for the journey ahead.
Birth Doula services
A birth doula is someone that you personally choose to accompany throughout your birth, and offers you support through the birth process. It is obviously important that you feel comfortable with your doula from the outset and I am happy to speak to you over the phone, via Zoom or Skype or face-to-face, to build a rapport and ensure that you and I are clear about your wishes for your birth.
Postnatal Doula services
Doulas can be likened to fairy godmothers, mothering the mother and providing guidance and compassionate support during the transition from pregnancy to motherhood/parenthood and following the birth of any additional children.
I strive to fulfil the role that extended family would have done in the past. This support is often unavailable now, as many family members live remotely from one another. Nurturing the mother supports her to be able to nurture her own offspring.
Doulas provide practical and emotional support as well as information. They are able to refer families to relevant resources and professionals to enable them to find solutions and make decisions that are right for them. Doulas do not provide clinical care or advice (even if qualified in a clinical role). The purpose of a doula is to empower women and families to care for themselves. The assistance provided is flexible and is determined solely by the needs of the mother and baby.
Postnatal doulas often work with a family for 6-8 weeks or more. I can offer a bespoke tailor made initial 20 hour early days package
Birth Doula packages
Working with you and your partner as a birth doula, my goal is to empower through education, confidence and trust in your body, mind and baby. I can also add on hypnobirthing skills if you’re interested in this unique method of relaxed, childbirth education, enhanced by self-hypnosis techniques.
I will be on-call 24/7 from 38 weeks until the day or night of your labour and birthing when I will be at your side throughout your labour, supporting you and your partner. I’ll also ensure your birthing wishes are followed where medically advisable.
I will also arrange a postnatal follow-up visit with you and your partner after your baby is born.
If you would like both birth and postnatal doula support, I have a package which gives you the assurance of 20 hours of postnatal doula care after the birth.
Option 1: Doula birth support, including an antenatal birth preparation session + postnatal visit
Option 2: Doula birth support + 5 group hypnobirthing sessions + postnatal visit
Option 3: Doula birth support + 5 private hypnobirthing sessions + postnatal visit
Option 4: Bespoke birth and postnatal doula package (Private 5 week hypnobirthing course + 2 pregnancy relaxation sessions + 20 hours postnatal doula care + 2 postnatal solution-focused hypnotherapy sessions)
Option 5: Postnatal doula care (20 hours) + 2 postnatal solution-focused hypnotherapy sessions
I’d love to hear from you, to answer any questions you may have or to arrange an initial chat or meet for coffee. Please feel free to contact me anytime via the contact details above.
Every best wish for happy birthing days,
“So we’d like to thank you for all your help and the techniques you taught us. I wish I could go back and have the birth again! I’m sure there will be plenty of tough days and nights ahead but I’m hoping that we can continue to use the tools we have learned to stay as calm as we can!”
Laura, Mike and baby Finlay
“I had a hypnobirthing course with Leila Gardiner when I gave birth to my first and this time did a relaxation evening with Leila and read lots of Leila’s affirmations and other home birth stories she had sent me which really focused my mind on visualising the birth that I hoped for! ”
Lora, Jake and baby Indy
“I was so proud to have been able to achieve what I did especially given an extra intense labour. My husband was my greatest supporter and I couldn’t have done it without him. Hypnobirthing gave me a greater awareness of what my body was actually doing and the breathe gives you control and courage to believe you really can achieve the birth you want whatever the circumstances.”
Jessica and baby Heidi
“Thank you so much for all your help and support on the run up to Sofia’s birth. I don’t think I would have had such a positive and empowering birth experience had it not been for the techniques I learned from you.”
Michelle, Chris and baby Sofia
BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography Royal Military Collage of Science - Shrivenham . Clinical training John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford, Addenbrookes Hospital Cambridge and Royal Berkshire Hospital Reading
Medical Ultrasound Postgraduate Diploma 2007 City university, clinical training Royal free hopsital Hampstead and Epsom Hospital Surrey • Maternity and Gynaecology Postgraduate Certificate. City university and clinic training St. Peter’s Hospital Chertsey Surrey and Royal Free Hospital Hampstead
HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator Certification - 2008 Hypnobirthing Institute Mongan Method.
NLP life Coaching - Sutton College 2009- INALPTA
Fertile Coaching using Fertile Body Method - London 2012
Diploma in Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy - 2011 - Within training Brighton University
Three Step Birth Trauma Recovery - London 2018
• Birth and postnatal Doula - Developing Doulas - Maddie Mac Mahon Cambridge 2017
Sunday afternoon group hypnobirthing classes
I teach a comprehensive 5 week hypnobirthing course based on the mongan method, enhanced with coaching and hypnotherapy skills and tracks.
• Certified HypnoBirthing Teacher - 2008 Hypnobirthing institute mongan method.
• Diploma in Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy - 2011 - Within training Brighton University
• Birth and postnatal Doula - Developing Doulas - Maddie Mac Mahon Cambridge 2017
• Medical Ultrasound Postgraduate Diploma 2007 City university, clinical training Royal free hopsital Hampstead and Epsom Hospital Surrey
• Maternity and Gynaecology Postgraduate Certificate. City university and clinic training St. Peter’s Hospital Chertsey Surrey
and Royal Free Hospital Hampstead
•BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography Royal Military Collage of Science - Shrivenham . Clinical training John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford, Addenbrookes Hospital Cambridge and Royal Berkshire Hospital Reading
COST : £330 per couple
Fertility Coaching using the Fertile body Method
One to one coaching using the Fertile Body Method
COST : £65 per session
Postnatal Recovery Massage
Trained by Osteopath Teddy Brookes this massage is tailored at the postnatal body. To enhance healing, relaxation and recovery of abdomen.