I’m Kati Edwards, Birth Coach. Welcome to my site.
It’s dedicated to helping women prepare for their baby’s birth…
Perhaps you’re here because you saw the birth documentary I was in on BBC1; “Childbirth All Or Nothing“?
If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s one of the best documentaries for childbirth education. The International title for the show was ‘My Perfect Birth’. It’s a truly seminal piece of reporting and might be worth a look if you’re researching how to give birth to your baby.
I made the show because I wanted:
- to show a different side to birth than the one usually shown in the mainstream media
- women to know birth can be prepared for and;
- what can happen when women and their partners prepare really well for birth
If you want a calm and positive birth experience, you’re more likely to achieve it if you’re well informed and fully prepared.
A Bit About Me…
I’ve been passionate about helping women have better birth experiences since the birth of my own first baby in 2011. Although it was a really positive experience there were things, like most women who give birth, I didn’t know which I’m sure would have made the birth easier.
I realised there were many things most women just didn’t know about birth and I wanted to do something about it!
So to help me on this mission, in 2013, I set up ‘Womb With A View’, a Positive Birth Space at festivals sharing knowledge about birth and connecting people with better birth information.
In 2014, the last 2 months of my pregnancy and the birth of my second child were filmed by Landmark Films for the seminal BBC1 documentary; “Childbirth All or Nothing”.
Seeing Hypnobirthing For The First Time…
I remember being totally blown away the first time I saw a video of a ‘hypnobirth’ and thinking, “Wow! If that’s possible, and it clearly is, I want to learn how to do it!”
I now help other women and their partners to achieve positive, calm and empowering birth experiences too.
As a result of being on the BBC1 show, I was invited to speak at birth conferences both nationally and internationally.
I’m also a spoken word artist and created a set of poignant birth poetry. I’ve performed at some of the major conferences including Women’s Right’s in Childbirth, Oslo, Norway, the MAMA Conference, Scotland, The Women’s Voices Conference and the Doula UK Conference, London.
These engagements have enabled me to network and link up with some of the greatest minds seeking to maintain normality in childbirth. This is one of my favourite photos taken when I spoke in Norway. I’m pictured with Ina May Gaskin (left) and Dr Sarah Wickham (right), two of my absolute heroes of the birth world.
Trainer For KG Hypnobirthing
I am on the training team for Katharine Graves’ KG Hypnobirthing programme. And so I will be not only training women and their partners how to use KG Hypnobirthing to make their baby’s births easier and more comfortable, but going into hospitals and universities to teach midwives, obstetricians, doulas, other birth workers and Hypnobirthing mums to teach hypnobirthing!
Getting Your Birth Partner Involved
I’m absolutely passionate about teaching birth partners how to be brilliant birth partners! Birth partners are usually dad, though not always.
You’re in this together and I want to start you off on your parenting journey on the right path, feeling empowered having had a really positive birth experience where you’re in control of what happens to you.
I can help you both stay connected and calm during the birth experience.
I’ll give you some KG Hypnobirthing scripts you can practice together and teach you some ‘triggers’ to help you relax.
Being relaxed gives your muscles the best chance to ease your baby out more comfortable and safely
The Best Information and Advice
I aim to make sure all my clients are fully informed about the choices available to them so you can make the best decisions.
If we have any midwifery questions that need answering, I make sure you get the best advice. I have access to an incredible network of midwives and health professionals to help you be fully informed.
And When I’m Not Talking About Birth…
I’m mostly being mama to these two little monkeys; Matilda Rose and Seraphina Skye.
My new hobby which I started in September 2016 is playing in Drum Machine, a drumming band based in Hebden Bridge. We play drum and bass, techno, electro and house but on Samba drums. It’s hands down the best hobby ever!
I’m also into gourmet ice-cream, festivals, great food, capoeira and hoop dancing.
I graduated in 2000 with BSc Hons in Psychology and Criminology from Keele University and in 2014, gained an MSc in Advanced Practice Interventions in Mental Health from the University of Manchester. I worked within the NHS for 8 years and had several roles as an Assistant Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Neuropsychologist within Pennine Care NHS Trust so I have a good understanding of various therapeutic approaches including CBT and Mindfulness.
This provides me with a unique psychological perspective that can be applied to childbirth.
I believe the mind body connection is so important and yet it is lacking in the teaching within maternity services.
Some of my clients have had a previous mental health diagnosis and have found it hard to be listened to due to the perceived stigma by other health professionals. I help them to feel empowered and have the best possible birth experience.
I left the NHS in 2016 to help women and their partners through their baby’s births as an Independent Doula and Hypnobirthing Teacher.
You are welcome to join my free Facebook group, The Birth You In Love Share Shack
I want to be of service and help you have the best birth possible.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me here.