I live in Bow with my husband, Emerson, and our two kids, Hudson and Harper. I teach KGHypnobirthing privately and also run courses at Move (in Bow) and Yoga On The Lane (in Dalston), but I also teach yoga around London. I love connecting with people. I have a penchant to ask why. I’m curious at heart. I like to truly understand things. I’m empathic. All of these things contribute to why I love of teaching.
I grew up in wild Montana. It is truly such a beautiful, magical state, but, one cold, snowy winter, I fell in love with the idea of sunny, palm-tree laden California. I got my BSc in Human Biology at the University of California San Diego, and found yoga in the process. Yoga slowly began to unravel my life so I could see it all from a clearer, more authentic perspective. I began teaching yoga in 2011 while I tried to figure out what I wanted to study in grad school (public health, preventive medicine??). Enter 2012 (when I think all the yoga kicked in, and life presented several life changing opportunites) and in two years I met my now husband who lived an ocean away, traveled through East and Southeast Asia, got married and became pregnant in 2015. A friend I knew had studied Hypnobirthing (The Mongan Method). I read the book, practiced a bit and read positive and pain free birth stories galore. I still feel elated when I think of that birth. It was in a birthing centre, lovely and calm, and despite a complication at the end, it was pain free. Was it hard work? Yes. I could feel my body working powerfully. Was it exhausting? Yes. At one point I dragged a mat and bean bag into the bathroom so I could be alone and sleep. But it was amazing, and it was pain free. Which somehow led me to feel more skeptical it could happen again when I found myself pregnant again in 2018, so I decided to do a short KGHypnobirthing course since I had “hypnobirthed” before. This birth was even more empowering as my husband and I had to work harder to have the birth we wanted. I cherish that experience of feeling stronger with him, making choices together that would affect the outcome of the birth, and trusting him completely to advocate for me and support me (all things we learned through KGHypnobirthing). I wouldn’t describe my second birth as pain free, and I have good ideas as to why (I had different care and choices available to me during my pregnancy and labour), but I also wouldn’t describe it as painful. In fact, I didn’t feel any pain pushing Harper out. Where I feel I didn’t have to work to have a pain free birth the first time (the conditions allowed my body to do what it naturally does best), I had to focus more the second time around to stay as near the pain free zone as I could get. I would like to say, I am so grateful to the consultant and the midwife I had, as they both empowered me to have the experience I wanted. I have since studied with Katharine Graves and Kemi Johnson, and in retrospect, I wish I had taken a full KGHypnobirthing course for both births. Even with a degree in human biology, having spent countless hours researching and doing a short Hypnobirthing course, I realised there was so much I didn’t fully understand and wasn’t able to utilise. Birth is a fascinating subject and an amazing experience that we should invest in as much as any other big event in our lives. I’ve learned even more about the benefits of releasing fear and building confidence. My two different experiences are invaluable to my teaching, as are the stories and experiences I hear from other parents. There is no straight line, but you can work to create the best birth experience for you, your baby and your partner. I truly love and feel grateful to be able to empower others through their pregnancy and birth.