Lorraine Berry BSc (Hons)

Experienced Qualified Midwife (13 years)

Natal Hypnotherapist (Founder Practitioner)

 Volunteer Resident Expert for "Ask the Midwife" forums

  (www.maternitymatters.net, www.essexmums.org.uk and www.hertfordshiremummys.co.uk)


 

Congratulations on your Pregnancy!!

I am passionate about pregnancy and birth and helping women to have good experiences of childbearing. I strongly believe that giving birth should leave women feeling empowered and confident - and not something to feel frightened, anxious or distressed about
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My ambition is to help women rediscover their inner strength and confidence so that they feel calm, confident and relaxed about giving birth.  

I see birth partners as vital support during the birthing and am keen to help them understand the importance of their role more fully, equip them with proven techniques and methods that they can use to facilitate birth. I aim to get birthing couples feeling more confident and trusting in the natural, emotional journey through birth, as well as being more deeply trusting and accepting of their own feelings and instincts about how best to birth their babies. 

Although an ardent advocate of natural birthing, I am more than aware that this is not necessarily the path that every labour and birthing will take and that intervention saves lives.  I am essentially "pro-choice", ensuring that decision making is in light of the full facts, balanced information and taking into account all the emotional and personal experiences of each individual.  In certain circumstances, an elective Caesarean section can be the most appropriate decision for a woman to make, though another woman in similar circumstances may opt for a birth with an epidural, and yet another for homebirth. There is no "ultimate" way to give birth, only what feels right for you and your baby, and I feel it is my role to help women have the confidence and self belief to make these choices for themselves.

My experience has taught me ways to minimise the chances of intervention being needed, how to avoid it when it is unnecessary and how to work with it when it is needed to preserve the health and wellbeing of mum and / or baby. I am keen to share these positive methods, so that women and their partners have effective ways of retaining a sense of control and are able to remain calm and relaxed whatever happens during their birthing journey, feeling satisfied and elated however and wherever their birth their babies. xx