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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 11.25.34I am a practising NHS midwife, Hypnobirthing teacher, Perinatal trauma therapist and co-founder of Birth Trauma Scotland. With more than 10 years experience teaching antenatal education I have now successful supported hundreds of couples to have a positive and calm birth.

With a background as a massage therapist & NLP practitioner and almost 2 decades experience of in-depth meditation practise, I have also travelled extensively throughout Asia where I have studied many unique mind and body healing techniques.  I combine this knowledge with my experience of supporting hundreds of woman as a NHS midwife to offer unique Hypnobirthing workshops in Edinburgh, and nationally and internationally via Skype. I enjoy teaching midwives, student midwives and medics within NHS Lothian where I have been invited as a guest lecturer to speak about Hypnobirthing, stress management and perinatal trauma. I regularly contribute to Radio and newspaper, as well as speaking to professional groups such as health care professionals and therapist about birth and perinatal trauma. I am also co-creator of Wellbeing5; a free, quick and accessible resource designed for use by NHS staff to reduce stress and increase calm in just 5 minutes. This resource is now used successfully throughout the UK.

Woman & their birth partners work with me for a variety of reasons; including anyone wanting to have a more positive or natural birth experience, to some who may have previous birth trauma or Tokophobia. My research based and practical approach will prepare you for your birth 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. I love sharing what I do, because I believe in it and am so inspired by the consistently positive birth stories from the couples who have worked with me. My workshops have been described as ‘necessary, inspiring, incredible, practical, funny’ and my favourite ‘not airy fairy’!

I combined my training in Natal Hypnotherapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming, meditation and midwifery to prepare for the birth of my two babies and am very grateful to have experienced two truly fulfilling and enjoyable births. This empowered me to have a natural birth whilst preparing for any unforeseen circumstance that could happen on the big day. My Hypnobirthing workshops will dramatically increase your chance of a natural birth whilst preparing you and your birth partner for anything that may happen on the day so your baby will be born peacefully.

As a midwife, I feel privileged to have seen the empowering and life changing effect that a positive birth experience can have. However sadly I have also seen women and their partners postnatally, disappointed and sometimes traumatised by their birth experience. Through my work with Birth Trauma Scotland, I passionately want to do something to help change this. I also work to help woman, birth partners and healthcare professionals to heal and recover following a traumatic perinatal experience, be it during pregnancy, birth or postnatally in my private therapeutic practise.

I am fully insured, a member of the Royal College of Midwives and the Association of Improvement of Maternity Services.

I am happy to chat informally about how I can help you have a peaceful birth, or recover emotionally when this was not possible, please feel free to get in touch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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