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about Gemma


Gemma is a powerful teacher; very influential and positive. We are left with a positive birth attitude.

—Guy Paine & Maria Melchers

Screen Shot 2018-01-17 at 11.25.34Gemma Nealon is a mother and qualified midwife based in Edinburgh.
She provides unique Hypnobirthing birth preparation classes nationally and internationally. Gemma is also co-founder of ‘Birth Trauma Scotland’ which raises awareness and treats perinatal trauma and postnatal PTSD. She regularly contributes to radio and national news and is invited to speak as a guest lecturer to professionals about birth, resilience and trauma. She is passionate about helping people achieve a peaceful birth, or recover emotionally when things have not gone to plan.

Originally a Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner and massage therapist, Gemma has trained extensively in mind-body healing techniques in Asia and the UK and has decades of meditation practise behind her. She combines this experience with that of supporting hundreds of woman & families as a NHS midwife in all of her practice as an educator and therapist and has since gone on to develop her own unique Hypnobirthing techniques and course based on this vast experience and training.

Having successfully taught hundreds of couples Hypnobirthing and antenatal education and having experienced two peaceful home births use these techniques, her research based and practical approach will prepare you regardless of whether your pregnancy has been deemed ‘high risk’ or ‘low risk’, and whether you are planning to birth in hospital or at home. Gemma offers her revolutionary Hypnobirthing workshop in groups and on a one-to-one basis in person or online. Read inspiring birth stories her clients have shared here.

Gemma also works in her private practice to help women, birth partners and healthcare professionals to heal and recover following a traumatic perinatal experience, be it during pregnancy, birth or postnatally. She is experienced in helping people affected by baby loss, Tokophobia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or vaginismus. Gemma works with her clients powerfully on a subconscious level and therefore normally only a few sessions are needed to feel huge relief and transformation.

Due to how powerful and effective her techniques are, she now has a growing number of clients from all walks of life. Gemma works with them for a wide number of reasons from previous child abuse, phobias, grief, performance coaching or anyone who is looking to resolve and transform anything they feel is holding them back. She is happy to chat informally about how she can help you so feel free to get in touch.

Gemma has the following formal qualifications-

  • BSC Midwifery
  • Natal Hypnotherapy Practitioner training
  • Birth Trauma Resolution Practitioner training
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprogramming (EMDR)
  • Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner Training
  • Diploma Holistic Massage
  • Diploma Thai Massage
  • Diploma Indian Head Massage
  • Reiki level 1 & 2
  • BA Hons Visual Communication

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The best part of the workshop as the science! Really appreciated the neurolinguistic focus and the mix of anecdotes and theory. You’re an amazing teacher. Great pacing, energy and clarity.

—Alice & Jamie

Me and my husband went on a two day Positive Birth workshop. The workshop was accompanied by a textbook, relaxation & hypnotherapy CDs. Gemma, who ran the course, is amazing! She gave me the confidence to ask for what I wanted antenatal wise and during my labour, to trust and listen to my body. She also provided me with fantastic advice towards the end of my pregnancy as it became increasingly medicalised. My husband thought the Positive Birth workshop was invaluable. He learnt a lot about pregnancy and childbirth which took the pressure of me to explain everything to him as it was happening (just as well as my labour was fast & furious). Also, the course gave him confidence and a role to play during the birth. I would definitely recommend Positive Birth to anybody having a baby – for me it was invaluable. It would be great to have a post-natal course too.

—Morag Beveridge

I can’t recommend Gemma highly enough.  Gemma is so passionate about the natal hypnotherapy it comes across in her workshop, any fears you had just disappeared and made you confident you could handle anything that labour throws at you!  I have already told all my pregnant friends about the workshop and can’t thank Gem enough for all her help and support, she is a special one!…she exceeded our own expectations!

—Ilaria & Alistar

I love that it is about making the best of the birth that you have, not ‘unless its a natural birth you’ve failed.’ Gemma is great. natural teacher & personal anecdotes from being a midwife made everything ring true.

—Laura & Chris

Gemma is lovely, knowledgable but not too ‘pushy’. She has a nice and calm approach to teaching. We feel very positive about what we learnt, and feel so much more prepared for birth now. Would highly recommend to others.

—Linda & Alistair

We worked with Gemma to help prepare for the home birth of our son, and I really believe that the sessions helped me to be calm, present and connected to my body throughout the entire process. We feel so blessed to have had such a beautiful birth, and so grateful to Gemma for helping us to be ready to make it happen the way we hoped it would.Giving birth to our son was the most profoundly magical and incredible thing I have ever experienced, and it is worth every penny to make sure that you feel as prepared as possible for the birth that you want!

—Naomi Hart

Gemma is engaging, fun & realistic! Believable and knowledgable. She is open to feedback and to be challenged. The workshop had a ‘good vibe’!

—Jo & Gav Thomson

Gemma is wonderful, warm, friendly, welcoming, knowledgeable, easy to talk to, always happy to answer questions and fun. She is such a fountain of knowledge and has such a level perspective between natural birth but appreciating the benefits of medical support when needed. That is so refreshing because often information comes in extremes. I cannot praise this class enough! It’s the best class we’ve taken and would recommend it to anyone! Even to people who aren’t pregnant just because it’s so great!!

 

—Tammy & Xavier Seneque


The most important thing we learnt was the role of the birth partner and the techniques & practices for them to do. Also that birth will happen the way it happens BUT you can influence it, if you are relaxed. The best part of the workshop was the balance between natural and medical information with researched based evidence. Gemma’s teaching style is approachable, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We felt we had the ability to talk to each other & ask lots of questions.

—Sarah & James Dunn