Hi, I’m Jacqueline! Who am I? I’m a mum and a grandmother (I can’t believe I’m at that stage in life!). I’m also a clinical hypnotherapist, a journalist and a complementary therapist. I have trained in massage therapy, aromatherapy, reflexology, Indian head massage and baby massage. I am a qualified adult education teacher and taught complementary therapy and anatomy and physiology in adult education centres in east London and Essex. I’m a member of the National Society of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness and hold a current DBS certificate.
It is because of my fascination with the mind-body connection that I became involved with hypno-psychotherapy. This led me to train as a hypnobirthing instructor as a way to help women have the best labour that they can, under whatever circumstances present. You see, I’ve been on the other end of having that birth - not the really postive one, the other one - and I don’t want you to go through what I went through.
I was offered very little in the way of ante or postnatal education/information when I gave birth to my daughter. My beautiful and precious girl entered the world to be greeted by a very noisy, brightly-lit hospital room, as many babies did (and still do). I know that birth can be so much better and way more enjoyable than the labour I endured.
When my daughter told me she was pregnant, I knew that I wanted her experience of birth to be very different from the one I had. I taught my daughter and son-in-law how to use hypnobirthing techniques during their pregnancy and labour - it was because of this that they decided to have a home water birth and I was so privileged to be present at the birth. My daughter was calm, confident and in control because of what she learned during hypnobirthing. My wonderful grandson was born into a calm, peaceful and joyous environment. It was an absolute testament to everything I had learned in hypno-psychotherapy and hypnobirthing.
I trained as an infant massage instructor back in 2006 and taught in children’s centres for many years. It is a completely natural follow-on from hypnobirthing to then learn baby massage, which is a lovely way to help bond with your baby and enjoy time with them. Touch is a very early form of communication and learning baby massage techniques will help you to understand their communication cues as well as providing them with a strong start in life both physically and emotionally.
I look forward to meeting you and sharing these techniques with you to help you on your journey as parents: calm, confident and in control.