Welcome to Gentle Beginnings. A hub of activity for parents and babies in Kirkliston, Edinburgh. Birth and Baby Classes include HypnoBirthing The Mongan Method, HypnoMothering, IAIM Baby Massage, Baby Yoga and the fantastic GroovaRoo Dance. A warm welcome awaits you!
” I have attended the Baby Massage and HypnoMothering classes and without a doubt they have been the best things I have done with my daughter so far.” Helen
“Nicola made us feel so welcome. She has created such a relaxing environment that my anxieties dissipated and my little one fell asleep during the class. I can’t wait for our next class.” Vikki
“After I had my first baby, I had this I’m never doing this again feeling. After I had my second I had the opposite! As I’ve experienced both I know that it’s because I had a calm and easy labour and birth. That’s all down to Nicola providing an amazing HypnoBirthing course. I’ll be forever grateful.” Clare
Hi I am Nicola, the founder of Gentle Beginnings in Kirkliston, Edinburgh and my wish is to help you to experience your journey through birth and the early years, as positively and as joyfully as possible.
You are at a time of great change. Exciting, amazing and sometimes overwhelming. It is also a time for big decisions around the birth of your baby and the physical and emotional demands on you at this time are not to be underestimated.
A baby’s first 1001 days, from conception to age 2 are now being recognised the ‘critical days’ where the baby’s environment and their experiences even in utero, shape their brain development. This impacts them for the rest of their lives.
So what can we do to ensure this positive start? Looking after ourselves as pregnant women but also being looked after by our significant others, is key. It is so important to focus on relaxation, nutrition, positivity, communicating love to your baby, and striving for the most gentle birth that is possible for you and your circumstances.
The Mother provides the environment for the child’s earliest days. Being aware of your baby’s need for you to feel relaxed, with mainly positive hormones flowing, will benefit you both. This is a gift to your child from the start of their life in the womb and to you as brand new parents. This paves the way for a positive future.
Don’t underestimate how incredible you are and whatever your feelings, remember you will do this your way, get the guidance and support that you need along the way and make this time in your life the most positive and special as it can possibly be.
My Own Story
I gave birth to my first, much longed for baby, a little boy in 2011. HypnoBirthing was recommended to me by a friend who had had a great experience the year before. I’d heard so many stories of difficult births, which I know can stay with women for the rest of their lives. So Hypnosis for childbirth appealed to me straight away. I found the course fascinating and practised my relaxation and positive thinking daily. I decided to have a home birth, which was a controversial decision within my family, but nevertheless I went on to have a relatively short and straightforward labour at home.
What amazed me after giving birth to my first baby was the extreme calm I felt. Not once did I panic or feel fearful. Even with the intensity and exhaustion of labour, I had prepared my body and mind for success and fully believed in it. And that was the result. A really positive birth. I had my second baby, a little girl in 2013, in hospital for unforeseen circumstances this time, but another natural delivery was achieved. I knew soon after my second baby, I has a space in my heart for a third and we completed our family in 2015 with another little boy and another successful home birth.
Pregnancy, birth and babies had become my new passion. It had been so transformative, having positive, empowering births and becoming a Mum to three wonderful children. This lead me to make some life changes. I had been a speech and language therapist for 14 years, and had a varied career. I loved my clinical work but also wanted to work with new parents as a birth professional.
The wellbeing of parents also became high on my agenda. Once our baby is born and the pace of life returns to normal, we need to feel emotionally balanced and stable to meet life’s daily demands and for our children to feel at their happiest too. All my classes have a nurturing element for babies and parents and I will always create a space where people can come to feel wanted, happy, relaxed and cared about.
Through the classes at Gentle Beginnings, I want to help you to achieve the birth that you want, to show you techniques to strengthen your bond with your child long term, and to boost your own happiness during your pregnancy and in the early days when your children are young.
Gentle Beginnings has become a much loved community resource. Families are choosing to make the investment in themselves, their births and in their future happiness with their children. To see the impact this is having is absolutely wonderful.
I hope to welcome you along soon.
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