Welcome to my website dedicated to helping you prepare for your baby’s calm birth…
I’m Kati Edwards. I’m a KG Hypnobirthing Teacher and Trainer and a Doula (professional birth partner.)
I’m passionate about helping women, like you, prepare for a positive birth experiences.
The birth of my 2nd child, featured on BBC1’s; “Childbirth All Or Nothing“?. It’s one of the best documentaries for childbirth education. 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:
- women to know birth can be prepared for
- to show a different side to birth than the one usually shown in the mainstream media and;
- what can happen when mums to be and their partners are really informed
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.
When I was first pregnant, most women I knew had not had positive experiences birthing their babies including my own mother but I was fortunate to have met a few wise women whilst pregnant who pointed me in the right direction. I did extensive research, prepared really well and this led to a really positive experience although there were still things I didn’t know which I’m sure would have made the birth easier.
And now, my working life is dedicated to helping other women have positive and empowering birth experiences.
I have created a course that breaks down all the information into easy manageable chunks to make sure no stone is unturned.
And I now have an amazing working life, helping mums and dads-to-be throughout Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire and Yorkshire and all over the world (via Skype) to be relaxed and confident in the choices they make for their baby’s birth as well as teaching other birth professionals this wonderful calm birthing method.
As part of my 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.
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 the Manchester Homebirth Conference and this snowballed and I’ve been 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 held at The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London and the Doula UK Conference, London.
These engagements have enabled me to link up with some of the greatest minds seeking to maintain normality in childbirth. I’ve spoken at conferences with many of my heroes and heroines of the birth world.
The photo below is when I spoke at The Women’s Rights in Childbirth Conference in Norway with Ina May Gaskin (left) and Dr Sarah Wickham (right) If you are planning a positive birth experience, I highly recommend you follow them too.
Trainer For KG Hypnobirthing
I am on the training team for Katharine Graves’ KG Hypnobirthing programme. And so I not only train women and their partners how to use KG Hypnobirthing to make their baby’s births easier and more comfortable, but I train midwives, obstetricians, doulas, other birth workers and Hypnobirthing mums to teach hypnobirthing in hospitals and universities!
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 babywearing, gourmet ice-cream, festivals and great food.
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.
I am a member of Doula UK which is the largest organisation of doulas in the UK and I was Ambassador for Doula UK in 2016.
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.
Please do give me a call. I may not be the right teacher for everyone but speaking to me first before you sign up will enable us to learn if we are a good fit for each other.