About Me

My name is Janet Naylor. JanI have the following qualifications:

First and foremost, I am a mother of 3 wonderful children, all adults now.

Doula accreditation by Dr Michel Odent.

Reflexology M.I.F.R. and M.A.R, (including all aspects of preconception, fertility, pregnancy)

Bsc (Hons) Degree in Midwifery

Hypnobirthing: I am qualified in The Mongan Method (USA) and Katharine Graves – KG method (UK) MHbA and Diploma in Hypnobirthing HB (KG). I am also fasmiliar with other “brands” of Hypnobirthing.  I teach small groups and private One to One courses in South Cumbria. I am also a Fertile Body Method Therapist,(F.B.M) for further details of how I may help you with fertility support and pre conception see here https://www.thefertilebody.comimage

Here is my journey: I am a mother of 3 children, and have personal experience of self hypnosis (now known as Hypnobirthing) during my own births in the 1980’s and 1990’s. At the time I had never heard of Hypnobirthing but I studied and researched the mind/body influence and its importance for childbirth. So I had totally prepared for labour and birth with some of the tools now known as “Hypnobirthing”.  I followed my instincts and trusted that my body and my baby knew what to do. I have given birth in hospital and at home. I used many of the techniques then that are now used in Hypnobirthing. Hypnobirthing makes so much sense when explained. It is nothing new or “hippy”. Hypnobirthing teaches you (and your birth partner) skills for labour, birthing, parenting and for life! It makes sense that if we are afraid or anxious in labour and birth, there is tension, and where there is tension there is “pain” …. And that’s scientific!

In the 1980’s I was truly inspired by Dr Michel Odent, who wrote “Birth Reborn” (pictured aside, my “birth” idol and he is as passionate as ever about physiological birth today!). I was also inspired by Dr Grantly Dick-Read, who wrote – “Childbirth Without Fear” and Ina May Gaskin – who wrote “Spiritual Midwifery”, pictured below.

imageThese are just three of the people who I believe understood perfectly about the physiology of labour and how giving birth could be. This set me on my path to encourage and empower women and their partners to aim for the best birth possible for them, knowing their options and making informed choices all the way.I wished that more mothers could experience what I had experienced when giving birth – a feeling of empowerment, euphoria and satisfaction, like one of my clients here (below).

2FullSizeRenderOf course some women will need (and thank goodness for) medical intervention, but sadly far too many do not get the birth that they had hoped for. Hypnobirthing aims to work with you to give you the best possible birth for you and your baby on the day (or night) ,wherever and however you give birth, often reducing the need for analgesia, intervention and increasing maternal satisfaction.

Women can attend my Hypnobirthing Courses alone or with their birth partner . I will always try to accommodate my clients in their individual circumstances. One of my couples (featured here below), following their home water birth say “It was the most empowering wonderful experience we have had”, dad even “caught” their baby in the water! What a lovely home water birth !

imageAll too often, sadly, many mothers feel unprepared for labour and birth or they say they felt “out of control” during their experience and subsequently they may suffer physically, mentally and emotionally following their birth experience for many weeks, months and even years. Many husbands and birth partners are often traumatised as well. Often mothers come across Hypnobirthing following a previous traumatic birth and want to to it differently the next time. Hypnobirthing aims to prepare you and your birth partner for labour and birth, equipping you with the tools, skills and resources that can benefit you both, not to mention the benefits to the baby! I am continually told that hypnobabies are calm, relaxed and feed well.

I became involved with The National Childbirth Trust. ( NCT)  and in 1989 I qualified as a Breastfeeding Counsellor with them, my passion for supporting women and families continued. Along with my own positive experiences, this lead me to spend a few days in the presence of Dr Michel Odent and start working as a DOULA. The course was accredited by Michel who was one of the pioneers of water births in France in the 1970’s. Michel reinforced my own beliefs about labour, birth and how too often society disturbs the birth process.

I worked as a birth and postnatal doula for many years before I qualified as a midwife. A doula is someone who supports and enables a new mother/ mother to be (and partner) to have confidence in their abilities in pregnancy, labour/birth and the postnatal period. They are not generally medically trained but offer emotional and practical assistance. They do however, have a good understanding of birth and how to create and support birth in any situation, a doula is an advocate for the family.

In 2000, I trained as a Reflexologist, with an additonal qualification in Maternity Reflexology, including Fertility and Preconception.

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I trained as a member  of The International Federation of Reflexologists. I am now a member of the The Association of Reflexologist (AOR). It is amazing what can happen when we are deeply relaxed! I loved my doula role and met some fantastic midwives who encouraged and inspired me to become a midwife. So I did my midwifery training!

I continue to have a strong passion for enabling and supporting mothers and partners to have a positive birth experience.  I currently work part time as a midwife .

I practice in Kendal and clients come to me from many areas, including South Cumbria, North and West Cumbria, Barrow in Furness, Ulverston, Penrith, Appleby,  Lancashire, Lancaster, Morecambe, Heysham, Grange over Sands, Arnside, Kirkby Lonsdale, Settle, Wigan, Bolton and Greater Manchester.

All photographs are from genuine Hypnobirthing and Reflexology clients and shown with kind permission .

Hypnobirthing Cumbria

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