My name is Marie and I teach hypnobirthing and support couples from Kettering, Corby, Market Harborough and all over Northamptonshire as a Birth Doula.
I'm also a Freedom Fertility Formula Specialist; working with couples to support their emotional wellbeing as they work through their fertility journey.
Way before babies were on my mind I overheard a colleague talking about his wife having a cuppa, whilst watching television and in labour! Whaaaaaat? How is that even possible?
Some time later two friends shared their positive birth stories with me. These were very different to the traumatic birth stories I'd heard before.
When I was pregnant with our elder daughter, I started looking at my options. I came across hypnobirthing and it resonated with me. What my partner and I learned made so much sense, and I really embraced it. We were also lucky enough to find a wonderful Doula to support us.
There’s no doubt in my mind that hypnobirthing and the support of our Doula helped us feel more confident about our decisions.
After our daughter's birth my whole perspective on birth changed. I also discovered a newfound respect for my body.
"Giving birth can be the most empowering experience of a lifetime - an initiation into a new dimension of mind-body awareness."
- Ina May Gaskin
I knew I wanted to support pregnant women the way I had been supported and so Amazing Birth was born.
Over the years I have worked with many couples who have gone through all sorts of suffering by the time they get to my hypnobirthing classes or hire me as a Doula.
By that point they are often so anxious because of previous trauma and loss that I often felt there was more I could do to support them. So I trained as a Freedom Fertility Formula Specialist.
The skills I gained allow me to offer a broader and deeper level of support to anyone who has gone through fertility struggles.
Hypnobirthing Practitioner with the Marie Mongan HypnoBirthing Institute in 2012, and now teach The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme: https://www.facebook.com/amazingbirth.co.uk/
Paramana Doula course with Michelle Odent and Liliana Lammers in the summer of 2012, and am a member of Doula UK. https://doula.org.uk/
Accredited Breastfeeding Counsellor with La Leche League in 2012, and continue to volunteer with them. https://www.laleche.org.uk/supportgroup/la-leche-league-northampton-2/
Northamptonshire Positive Birth Movement since 2017. We meet in the Kino Lounge in Kettering. Check out our Facebook Page to find out more: https://www.facebook.com/PBMNorthants/
Chair of the Northamptonshire Maternity Voices Partnership since 2018: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=northamptonshire%20maternity%20voices%20partnership&epa=SEARCH_BOX
Volunteer with Birth Companions since 2018 facilitating Antenatal and Postnatal Groups and providing Birth Support: https://www.birthcompanions.org.uk/
NHS Midlands Maternity Programme Board Service User Representative since September 2019 - working with service users across the Midlands to ensure the needs, challenges of women using maternity services are gathered and used o shape maternity service provision across the region.
Perinatal Mental Health Champion training - Institute of Health Visiting November 2019.
I continue to expand my knowledge and skills by attending workshops and conferences so that I can be the best hypnobirthing Doula that I can be.
Amazing Birth in Kettering