Hi I am Nicola, the founder of Gentle Beginnings and my wish is to help you to experience this journey through birth and the early years, as positively and as joyfully as possible.
You are at a time of great change in your life. Exciting, amazing and sometimes overwhelming. It is also a time for big decisions around the birth of your baby and a time of real physical and emotional change.
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.
You’ve got this.
My Own Story
I gave birth to my first, much longed for baby, in 2011. I used HypnoBirthing to bring him into the world and I had a relatively short and very straightforward labour at home. I had my second baby, a little girl in 2013, again using HypnoBirthing for a very quick and easy labour. We then completed our family in 2015 with another little boy and another successful home birth.
My pregnancies and labours benefited so much from HypnoBirthing The Mongan Method, making a positive birth completely achievable to me. So much so that I am now spreading the word personally as an instructor to give others this opportunity. I knew soon after becoming a Mum that pregnancy, birth and babies and sparked a deeply emotional and very special interest within me.
The emotional wellbeing of parents also became high on my agenda. We need to feel emotionally balanced and stable for our children to feel this way too. Over the course of a few years I decided to make some life changes. I had been a speech and language therapist for 13 years, working mainly with people with learning disabilities. I loved my client group but also wanted to put my new passion into action. Being more available for my children was also a priority. I searched for the best possible courses that reflected my values and I have met some wonderful and inspiring like minded people.
I now want to share my skills with you, to help you strengthen your bond with your child, long term, and boost your own happiness during your pregnancy and in the early days when your children are young.