I’m Jacqueline - I’m a clinical hypnotherapist, a mum, a grandmother, 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.
When I gave birth to my daughter, people didn’t talk about birth and labour in the way that they do today and I now recognise that I had a traumatic birth. I was offered very little in the way of ante or postnatal education or information: basically, what the midwife said was the way it was going to be! My beautiful daughter entered the world to be greeted by a very noisy, brightly-lit hospital room, as many babies did (and still do). Training as a hypnobirthing instructor made me realise that birth could be so much better and way more enjoyable than the labour I endured.
In early 2018, I became a grandmother. I wanted to ensure that my daughter’s birth was nothing like the one I had. In my training as a hypnobirthing instructor, research and study had been informative and educational but now I was going to be able to see how well the techniques would work in real life. I taught my daughter and son-in-law how to use hypnobirthing techniques during their pregnancy and labour and I was privileged to be present at the birth. The hypnobirthing tools and resources they had learned enabled my daughter to be calm, confident and in control when my wonderful grandson was born. It was a testament to everything I had learned in hypno-psychotherapy and hypnobirthing.
I taught infant massage in children’s centres for many years and it feels 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 very early 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.