My name is Hannah, I'm married & have 3 children.
I am a midwife with over 20 years of experience mainly within the community setting. I have worked with women and their families in the NHS & privately as an Independent Midwife. I trained as a midwife in London at Kings College University and have followed this up by training in complementary therapies with Expectancy, a specialist company who are the leading providers of professional education on complementary therapies in pregnancy and childbirth. It whilst undertaking this training that I developed a fascination and love of aromatherapy essential oils and their incredible therapeutic effects. I have since qualified as an IFPA accredited massage therapist and Clinical Aromatherapist. Currently I am undertaking my ACMT (advanced clinical massage therapist) training, giving me even greater skills to be able to treat pregnancy conditions such as pelvic pain, carpal tunnel syndrome & chronic back pain.
I passionately believe that even in a more complex pregnancy, each woman should be helped to feel her pregnancy is as normal as possible. I have found, & research has shown, that by providing women with a holistic package of care, they are able to progress through their pregnancy journey feeling more confident in themselves and their ability to birth their baby. I have worked with many women who have used a variety of complementary therapies over the years and have seen how they give each woman a sense of control over their bodies and symptoms.
Please be aware that to treat you, I need to have access to your hand-held pregnancy hospital notes, including scans and blood results. Without these available I am unable to continue any treatments or offer any advice.
I am fully insured for your peace of mind & I have a valid DBS (police checked) certificate.
Aromatherapy is a popular complementary therapy designed to treat the whole person and not just the symptom or disease. It works by assisting the body’s natural ability to balance, regulate, heal and maintain itself, through the use of essential oils.
Essential oils consist of tiny aromatic molecules that are readily absorbed via the skin, and whilst breathing they enter the lungs. These therapeutic constituents next enter the bloodstream and are carried around the body where they can deliver their beneficial healing powers. Because they are highly concentrated, only a small quantity of essential oil is required to bring about results.
Aromatherapy, Pregnancy & Postnatal / Motherhood
Certain essential oils should be avoided during different stages of pregnancy & with some medical conditions, so it is important to seek out an appropriately trained professional before treating any conditions. During pregnancy & the postnatal period, essential oils can be used to help ease & treat a number of physical and emotional ailments.
At the start of each treatment, I will choose with you, the most appropriate oils to use depending upon your needs.
The oils can be used to treat pain and discomfort in muscles and the skeletal system, especially around the upper and lower back and pelvis as your body adjusts to the changes it undergoes during pregnancy.
They can be used to improve circulation and lymphatic drainage, therefore help reduce swelling associated with pregnancy in the ankles, legs and hands.
They can ease sinus congestion and headaches (provided these are not associated with high blood pressure).
They also have a positive effect on the skin, penetrating into the deeper layers to encourage the process of cellular renewal, enhance blood circulation and help problems such as acne, eczema and stretch marks.
They can also be used to help with wound healing if needed.
Essential oils can have a dynamic effect on our emotional state. They can help transform our moods and move us from one state of mind to another therefore are useful in easing and reducing depression, anxiety and insomnia that may present during pregnancy.
Aromatherapy Appointments are either an hour or 90 mins. In an hour I can do an upper body relaxation treatment incorporating back, shoulders & arms. 90 mins I can do full body.
Swiss Reflex Therapy
This treatment relaxes the body and mind, releasing tension and fatigue, combining the benefits of aromatherapy and reflexology, using massage on the reflex points of the feet to help improve well-being and promote good health. Many ailments can benefit from this treatment and it has shown to be very effective during pregnancy.
Developed by Shirley Price, a renowned Aromatherapist and Reflexologist, “your unique blend” of oils is combined with a cream to use during this very effective treatment. It works on the basis that parts of the feet (reflexes) correspond to different systems of the body and by working on these reflexes, the body is stimulated to function more effectively, restoring it to harmony and balance. This treatment can help almost any ailment or condition. Includes foot reflex assessment & complimentary home treatment.
This appointment is an hour
Clinical Massage Therapy is an umbrella term for a type of outcome based manual therapy that creatively combines and applies a range of advanced techniques including:
For many women, their pregnancy will go beyond what is their expected due date (an EDD). Although a baby and a woman's body can naturally start to labour anytime from 37 to 42 weeks of pregnancy, many will progress beyond 40 weeks. For most pregnancies, this is still considered normal but for a number of women they will begin to feel the pressure of wanting to start their labour naturally, rather than wanting to go down the route of a hospital induction process.
There are also several women, for a variety of reasons, who may well have been advised to have a hospital induction at 40 weeks, and therefore feel an even greater need to "kick start" their labour.
Using a combination of therapies, specifically tailored to the individual woman and pregnancy, it may be possible to start the onset of labour, before it has begun on its own. Although it is not guaranteed to be successful, it has been reported that even if labour does not begin because of the treatment, when the labour is induced, the process is easier to establish.
The therapies I look to use are acupressure, massage or swiss reflexology and essential oils
During your initial visit, we can discuss how the pregnancy has progressed to date and where or not there are any concerns or circumstances that may need to be taken into consideration. We will also discuss how getting the baby into an optimal position may assist labour to commence. I shall then decide with you which of the therapies we may use, some I may teach you and/or your partner to continue at home. Any treatments agreed on will then be carried out.
I shall arrange a follow up appointment with you, for between 5-7 days later (if needed) to see if any of the treatments need to be altered or changed.
During some pregnancies, your baby may decide to sit in a breech presentation, which means that the baby's bottom (or legs or feet) might be sitting in your pelvis rather than the baby's head. Many babies can sit in this position for many weeks and there are no concerns. However, the bigger the baby gets and the further into the pregnancy you progress, the less the chances that the baby will turn on its own. By 37 weeks approximately 3% of babies will be a in a breech presentation.
If you get to 34 weeks of pregnancy and your baby is sitting in a breech position, if your pregnancy is progressing normally, and is complication free, there are techniques that can be used to help encourage your baby into a head down position. One of these is Moxibustion.
Moxibustion is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique which has been used for thousands of years by acupuncturists. It involves the use of moxa sticks (made from dried mugwort) to apply heat to acupuncture points - this herb is chosen because of the intensity of heat it produces when burned. When attempting to turn a breech baby, the acupuncture point that is used is called 'Bladder 67' By stimulating this point the muscles in the uterus are relaxed and the baby can turn into the 'head down' position.
During your initial visit, we shall explore techniques that can be employed to help turn your baby into a head down position. If suitable, I will teach you how to use Moxibustion sticks, which you will take away to continue the treatment over the next 10 days. The moxibustion sticks are included in the package price.
I shall arrange a follow up appointment with you, for between 7-10 days later, to see if the treatment has been effective. If your baby has decided not to turn around, I can discuss and explain all further options that may be suitable for you, including how the baby be turned by hand and the options that you have around the birth of your baby.
Both overdue & Breech baby appointments I would charge £90 for & book a 90 minute appointment