The information, support and care we received from Serena throughout our hypnobirthing course was fantastic. Everything made perfect sense. Her tone, clarity, and follow up communications show her passion and dedication for delivering a first class experience. As new parents we feel knowledgeable, well-prepared, and excited for the journey ahead. We are so pleased to have shared this important time with Serena.
- Kirsty -
"Steve and I really enjoyed your session.
Steve felt empowered at the thought of him having a role within the birth, which was really lovely to hear. I really like the thought of running through everything that could happen and knowing my options."
- Felicity -
I would highly recommend hypnobirthing, but more importantly, Serena, to everyone. She is amazing! I started the course very anxious about childbirth. I felt like I didn’t trust my body and that everything was out of my control. Through the sessions and many discussions, she has helped myself and my husband feel at ease about the future. She’s even made us feel excited for our baby’s birth!
Serena was great at listening to us, putting a lighter spin on things if I was getting too bogged down with the technicals and she really cares. I felt like we could say and ask anything, knowing that nothing was being judged. She goes the extra mile to make you feel special and her personal touches are great.
Hypnobirthing has taught me to trust my instincts and to acknowledge how amazing our bodies are! I feel very empowered from the whole experience and would recommend Serena wholeheartedly. I know that our birth may not turn out perfect, but we feel more prepared and ready to deal with the situation.
I have found the whole course fascinating, especially knowing your rights as the patient. It has also brought my husband and I closer and I really feel as though we are a team ready for our chapter as parents. Thank you Serena!
- Kate & Craig -
We're so pleased that we have met you and felt so relaxed during the sessions.
You have changed our whole way of thinking and we are using little tips from your course daily at the moment. I think it has also helped me more with my general anxiety. We cannot thank you enough.
With the hypnobirthing techniques, I am able to rationalise and calm myself quite quickly.
I dread to think what I would have been like without doing it!
- Lisa & Andy -
I highly recommend Serena! I found the sessions around hypnobirthing so interesting and informative and it put my mind at ease and made me feel confident about having a natural birth.
When I found out that I might have to have a C Section Serena was incredibly supportive and gave me lots of information and advice about how I could use hypnobirthing in that context and on the day of my section I felt calm and in control having listened to my hypnobirthing tapes both the night before and morning of (I even fell asleep whilst waiting for my slot that’s how relaxed I was!) Thank you Serena for everything you are incredible!
- Natalie & Darren -
I highly recommend Serena, the whole course from start to finish was really well structured, clear and enjoyable. Above the course content, working with Serena was fantastic, we were able to talk about any concerns and questions throughout. We’ve learnt so much and are looking towards the birth in a positive way.
I couldn’t imagine going in to labour not knowing all of this information and being prepared through the course and the techniques we’ve learned and being guided by such a lovely person.
Serena is so personable, empathetic, knowledgeable and kind.
She goes the extra mile to help you feel supported and to explain things. After the course I feel empowered to ask questions and understand my options about Labour.
We now understand the labour journey and different paths. My husband and I feel like a team.
Thanks so much Serena.
- Jenny & Richard -
We met Serena at a Mothercare event. I had never heard of Hypnobirthing before but her demonstration and words made complete sense and really spoke to my logical side.
I am so glad we went ahead with Serena and the KGH course. My husband and I felt prepared and ready for labour and can only describe our labour experience as relaxed thanks to what Serena taught us.
She is kind, caring, compassionate and I feel like I have known her forever. I would now consider Serena a friend. Her course was expertly taught in a personal way and I could not be more grateful for Serena and the Hypnobirthing course.
My only negative was when the course finished! I enjoyed our sessions so much and was not ready for them to end.
Thank you Serena for everything.
- Charlene & Freddy -
I was a bit fearful about the birth of my second child after my daughter’s delivery didn’t quite go to ‘plan’, so I decided to give hypnobirthing a go. I initially tried to immerse myself in a book, but found I wasn’t gelling with the technique, so after much Google-searching I stumbled across Serena at bump and glide.
She came to our house for a condensed course over 2 weeks, and I can only sing her praises. Serena has a very calming presence and I found the information she gave my husband and I very factual and reassuring, especially when she drew on her own experiences. By the end of the course I felt incredibly empowered about my birth choices this time around and was ready to attempt another pain-relief free delivery.
Unfortunately, as is often the way, things veered off-course when I became ill at the end of my pregnancy and we also found out that the baby was footling breech. The breathing techniques were put to use during a failed ECV (to turn the baby). I then went in to labour naturally – my contractions were 2 minutes apart and lasted more than a minute, but I managed to hypnobirth through them all and refused the offered pain relief. Unfortunately my labour didn’t progress and I had to stay in hospital due to the risk to me and baby.
My pregnancy ended in a c-section at 37+3 weeks, not at all what I had hoped for, but again the techniques I learned from Serena helped me get through what I found to be quite a scary situation.
When our son was then admitted to hospital a couple of days later, my husband and I drew on the skills Serena taught us about asking questions of the medical staff and challenging decisions that were made.
I cannot recommend Serena highly enough. She is incredibly kind and caring and passionate about the work she does. She empowers couples to understand their options for the birth of their child, even when things aren’t necessarily straightforward. I am really glad we found her!
- Lisa & Tim -
I would highly recommend this course! We did this course and NCT. We learnt more through Serena then we did through NCT. I felt fully prepared. I found it so good that she came to our house as it was so comfortable. Serena is such a lovely and caring woman!
We would go through different material and then be given a book alongside which I would then read. I also like being given a bit of homework for example, to do a relaxation. My husband wasn’t sure when I told him I had booked us on the course but once we did it, he thought it was fantastic.
Most sessions ended up with a relaxation which we both really enjoyed and got us ready for bed! My birth didn’t go to plan, and it ended up being an emergency c-section. I am quite an anxious person but my husband was able to keep calm using the techniques and what we learnt and I was able to stay in control!
I was also able to stay in contact with Serena through WhatsApp so when we finished the course, I could still ask her questions if anything came up.
I would thoroughly recommend doing this!!!!
- Natalie & Rob -
We signed up to Serena's hypnobirthing course for couples quite late in my pregnancy because I was struggling to feel positive and confident about birth.
Serena was great at taking the time to understand our pregnancy journey and what we needed from her and she sensitively tailored the course to meet my needs. It's helped me to feel much more confident and relaxed about the birth.
My husband also really enjoyed the sessions and was pleased to have strategies to help support me.
- Bryony & Giles -
"I can not thank you enough for your wisdom and teachings to us of Hypnobirthing.
Thanks to meeting you and working with you we went into labour informed, educated, prepared and oh so excited."
- Freddy -
"You are the first person that has ever said 'labour' without the pained expression on your face!
For the first time, I didn't dread giving birth.
Thanks to our time with you the entire day was relaxed. All decisions were made with Freddy BRAINS and we were positive and happy throughout the entire experience."
- Charlene -
I'd always heard negative things about birth and I thought it was going to be horrible. Early on in my pregnancy journey I began to hear about Hypnobirthing and relaxation and I thought why not learn more about it with a more positive approach. I met Serena at an expectant parent event who explained what happened during labour with a balloon and ping pong ball, which was great for a visual person like me.
After reviewing the different course options bump & glide's course was the best for me as it is 1:1 and takes place over 4 sessions. This gave me the opportunity to talk freely about how I was feeling each week about the different topics, learning to understand them better, and deciding what I wanted for my birth experience enabling me to be more prepared for birth mentally.
After each session Serena emailed through what we discussed and provided further information as appropriate. After the course had finished I contacted Serena as I was worried I had forgotten all about breathing during labour and after a phone call she put my mind at rest. Serena also visited me post birth for a catch up and we discussed what to expect at the 6 week check.
My birth experience was calm and positive and very different to the negative stories I had heard. I felt prepared and had a relatively quick labour (less than 24 hours), which I think was due to learning a different approach to birth from bump & glide's hypnobirthing course.
- Sophia N. -
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I think it really helped us having someone to talk to at that stage in the pregnancy and learning about pregnancy-related things for the first time, especially with covid conditions and not being around other people much otherwise.
Information about the process and experience of birth, perineal massage, and how to ask questions was really useful. I think it has given us confidence to ask questions and also a structure to help me decide what to research (otherwise, I think I'd have been overwhelmed by all the information I could have been reading.
The course has motivated us to research information about induction and related topics in the process of deciding whether and when to accept my consultant's recommendation/offer of an induction.
I greatly appreciated (and still do) that it wasn't about trying to push a particular approach to birth but tries to encourage participants to decide for themselves from the evidence about whether a particular intervention or whatever is relevant to them.
I'm (we're both) really glad we did your course. The timing of it was good for us and I felt we learnt a lot which gave me confidence to go learn more about specific things. I'm still enjoying pregnancy and looking forward to everything.
I would highly recommend hypnobirthing for any parents-to-be. My husband and I completed the course with Serena before our first baby was born.
Serena was fantastic, she made what could potentially be awkward things to talk about easy and relaxed. My husband was unsure about it all at first but got so much out of the sessions and really learnt how he could support me in the birth process.
Serena is such a lovely, calm and friendly character, my husband and I really enjoyed the classes and they really made us both feel more relaxed and prepared for the birth of our little boy. We were sad when the course finished and feel that we made a friend in Serena.
I can’t recommend highly enough she is brilliant!
- Lucy & James -
With lockdown and everything that entailed, it was really nice to have the one-to-one course with you and it felt far more like a chat than being presented information in a rigid structure. We had initially enquired about a group booking, but I'm really glad we ended up with the one-to-one sessions as I think we got a lot more out of it, and could ask a lot more personal questions than if it had been in a group setting - it gave us a good weekly checkpoint to get more information at a nice pace, and the opportunity to ask questions if something came up during the week.
Initially I think we thought perhaps it was very early to book a course, but in hindsight it was probably just at the right time - we were starting to have questions and we both enjoy researching the answers to things, but without any structure to focus us we could have been in the weeds for weeks. You brought ideas and topics to us in a structured way that allowed us to get into a subject easily without being overwhelmed, and, having been on the NCT sessions for a few weeks, I can see how easy you made that - because it's jarring when someone isn't quite so organised and appears to be throwing all sorts of situations and outcomes around in the middle of other topics!
The preparation of having done your course before the NCT one has also made me ask better questions during the NCT course and get more out of it - there is a lot to take in.
I didn't really know what to expect from the course to start with, but I can certainly say there was a lot more in it than the concept of "Hypnobirthing" suggested at first glance - that sounded much more about a specific thing, or set of things, that the mother would do during labour, rather than understanding the whole process and all the options, and how that involved me (the birth partner) - and everything you need to think about before, during, and after.