Hello! My name is Valentine.
What would your ideal birth look like? What about the early weeks with your new baby?
I am passionate about supporting parents to feel informed, relaxed and confident in pregnancy, birth and postnatally. I am a qualified Hypnobirthing practitioner trained by Katharine Graves, founder of The Hypnobirthing Association. I’m also on a mission to support parents postnatally, with practical tools and techniques for dealing with the tougher days and for finding joy amidst the beautiful chaos.
You deserve to have a brilliant birth experience.
Many women approach birth feeling fearful in some ways, not surprising given the negative stories flooding our media and what we might have heard (or not heard) about birth from family and friends growing up! And because of the pressures on our wonderful NHS maternity services, many women end up going along the ‘conveyor belt of care’, not knowing their options and birth rights.
This needs to change and I want to help!
Hypnobirthing is as much about releasing fears and the toolbox of relaxation techniques as it is about the science of birth, and the many choices and options available to you, to help you have the best possible birth experience– whatever that looks like for you.
My other mission is Postnatal Wellbeing and supporting parents (whether for the 1st or 4th time!) in the incredibly beautiful but intense early days and weeks postpartum. Having experienced anxiety before having children, and again when my daughter was born, I feel really strongly about equipping parents with practical tools to navigate this momentous transition with confidence and calm.
I am a mum of two toddlers and live in Winchester, Hampshire. I can often be seen in town pushing a double buggy with a sleeping boy and a chatty toddler girl. As well as running after my two, I love going for park runs (on my own preferably ☺) and walking in the countryside where my husband and I get to properly talk! Am I a parenting expert? Absolutely not, I am a complete work in progress! I try my best, I make mistakes, I try again tomorrow, I have regrets, I feel guilt, I feel resentful, I feel guilty for feeling resentful, I laugh a lot, and I cry sometimes too. I strive to be a GOOD ENOUGH mum because parenting is a bit of a rollercoaster that is going too quickly for my liking, and I want to enjoy the ride, even if I have my eyes closed sometimes i.e. completely winging it!
Don’t hesitate to get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about Hypnobirthing or Postnatal Wellbeing. I offer a range of private and group courses, in person and on Zoom, including Hypnobirthing Refresher and Post 36 Weeks courses. For more information or to book a free chat (with no obligation to sign up afterwards!) you can also have a look at my website
Chemistry Masters (MSci), University of Bristol
KGHypnobirthing Diploma (DipHB (KGH))
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Foundational Training, University of Oxford
Hypnobirthing is evidence-based, logical and practical. It is a complete birth preparation programme, effective for ALL types of births. You will be equipped with the knowledge and techniques to remain calm and in control whatever path your birth may take, and to make informed decisions that are right for you and your baby.
The course will help you to:
- Feel prepared, know your options and make informed decisions
- Remain relaxed, calm and in control during your birth experience
- Be confident about your ability to birth your baby and feel excited about your birth
- Release any fears that you have around birth
What will you learn?
We cover topics like: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⭐️How to be a brilliant birth partner⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⭐️Creating a calm birth environment wherever you are
⭐️Choices and options for every type of birth⠀⠀⠀
⭐️ Informed decision-making and getting the most out of your care providers⠀⠀
⭐️ A toolbox of techniques to stay calm and relaxed in labour⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⭐️The Science behind it all… And lots more!
Group courses | Private 1 or 2 Day, Refresher and Post 36 Weeks courses
COST : £129 - £299
Emotional and psychological preparation for the postpartum period. Bespoke session tailored to your needs, usually split into:
- An antenatal session (90 minutes) to create your very own Postnatal Wellbeing Plan including practical tips and coping techniques to help you manage the tougher days.
- A Postnatal session (90 minutes, at home or online). An emotional ‘MOT’ and an opportunity to process your birth and adapt your Postnatal Wellbeing Plan based on your postpartum experience.
Group Sessions: The Postnatal Wellbeing sessions are very much tailored to the needs of the group, but generally explore topics such as:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⭐️Self care & Balance⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⭐️Emotional & Physical Recovery⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⭐️Relationships & Intimacy ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The sessions include lots of practical tips and simple exercises to look after you; a postnatal toolbox to dip into on tougher days and a postnatal self-care plan which will evolve over the 6 week course. ⠀⠀⠀
COST : £155 (Private, antenatal & postnatal sessions) | £80 Private (Postnatal session only) | £120 (Group - 6 sessions block course)
"Cannot recommend Valentine enough. She was incredibly friendly and made both my husband and I feel very relaxed. Having done a hypnobirthing course with my first child, and thinking I was prepared for my second Valentine has made me reflect in a really positive way. As a result it has made me really think about my birth preferences for my upcoming second labour and not afraid to ask for what I feel is important to us as a family. I also loved the physiological element of the training and it has made visualisations alot easier. Highly recommend to anyone who wants to feel informed, stay relaxed and eradicate any birthing fears." - Second time mum
"We completed the group course this weekend and were both so impressed with the amount of information provided. The course included Scientific information about the birth process, hormones and the different nervous systems. This was all related back to the Hypnobirthing approach. It was very useful having the course notes and Hypnobirthing book to take with us so that we can practise the different strategies in preparation for the birth of our baby. Thank you Valentine for reminding me that birth is a natural process and making me realise that it really can be a positive experience." - Couple
"I came in slightly sceptical and as a medical professional I realise I have a skewed view on childbirth. I have left absolutely converted!" - Mum
“It did work really, really well indeed!”- Birth partner
“The thing about KGHypnobirthing is that it works.” - Birth partner
“I feel really positive and even more excited to give birth to our baby - feeling more confident too” - Mum
“I was so impressed by my husband this weekend as he had arrived at the course as a sceptic only to discover that the hypnobirthing message really resonated with his approach to life. I really appreciate how much the course empowers the father as well as the mother and provides him with much more direction as to what he can do to make this experience one that we can both influence for the positive.” - Mum