Hi, I’m Hilary. I am an accredited Breathworks teacher of mindfulness and a childbirth educator with over a decade’s experience of preparing families for pregnancy, birth and early parenthood. For the last 14 years I have also been offering my services as a doula and have had the immense privilege of attending over 90 births and supporting many new families in those first tender post- birth weeks.
My journey into the worlds of mindfulness and birth work began with my pregnancy 17 years ago. I had always had an interest in the mind-body connection and my own experience of being pregnant, giving birth and becoming a mother ignited this curiosity into a desire to become involved with families in this crucial transitional year.
With my background in teaching and passion for working with groups, I was naturally drawn to education and trained with NCT, completing my HND in Antenatal Education in 2008. I’ve facilitated more than 300 courses since then. During my NCT training, I had quite accidentally become a doula when several friends asked me to support them with the birth of their babies. I fell in love with the work and consequently completed the Paramana doula training with Dr Michel Odent in 2007.
After many years of practising meditation and mindfulness, I trained and qualified with Breathworks in 2015 to become a mindfulness teacher. From there, I have gone on to create the Birthing And Living Mindfully antenatal course, and mindfulness based Breathing for Birth workshops. I also offer workshops and courses in Somatic Mindfulness for general health and well being.
My passion is in holding a safe and authentic space for ‘just being’, whether that space is a group birth preparation session, a mindfulness workshop or course, or supporting a birthing mother and her partner. When we feel safe enough to slow down and drop a little more into what’s happening in our bodies, minds and hearts we begin to sense where we are bracing against life and how we might reconnect with ourselves to find more ease and peace.
Somatic mindfulness invites us to tune in to our present moment, embodied experience and become curious and interested in the constant flow of messages being communicated to us from body and breath. This flow of information remains largely unconscious unless we practise tuning in to it, as we are conditioned from early childhood to pay attention instead to the world of our thoughts. Learning to somatically ‘wake up’ and be present to our full experience is a skill, and like any skill, it takes practice.
I look forward to meeting you and sharing some of these wonderful practices together.
“I loved the session with Hilary, making the time to mindfully connect with my body and my baby . I now feel more relaxed about the labour and confident that I have a range of techniques that really work for me and can bring to the birth”.
“Hilary’s approach is gentle, compassionate and playful but at the same time got me dropping into my body in a really profound way. I have taken so much from these few hours and am feeling inspired to apply this kind, gentle explorative approach in helping me with my insomnia and general burnout”
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