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Is Mother’s Day not your day?

Personal stories, Therapies Posted on Tue, February 25, 2020 12:00PM

Mother’s day for many is a time of joy, but for others can be a time of dread, especially if you have lost your own mum or have been struggling to become a mum for many years as our very own ARR trained Reproductive Reflexologist Rachel Hill knows very well.  Four years ago having just gone through a failed cycle of IVF, it just so happened that my husband and I were in a hotel overnight for a friend’s 40th.  As we went into the breakfast room, on the day that coincidentally happened to be Mothers Day, we were greeted with a rose and wished Happy Mother’s Day!  Rachel fondly recalls wanting to punch the young girl!!  Not the girl’s fault at all, but infertility is such a hush hush subject.  For years Rachel has been asked if she has children to which she has always replied “just fur babies”.  But as time has gone on, she has no longer felt uncomfortable saying to people “No, I’ve not been that lucky”. 

Rachel recalls another time when she had an early miscarriage and then a female colleague at work announced her pregnancy and the baby would be due as the same time as her own.  This was not the only time Rachel went home and crawled under the duvet to hide from the world.  Having to “pretend” for the colleague how happy she was for her, whilst the whole time privately grieving her own loss.  Every time a friend or family member announced a pregnancy, the grief has been insurmountable.  Every time someone posts a baby scan on social media or baby births … at times it has been unbearable.  She blankly refuses to attend baby showers!

So, having been divorced first time round due to her infertility, and the ensuing grief from her husband going on to have 4 children with his new wife, to then meeting her second husband, going through IVF which Rachel recalls as the most horrendous experience of her life, to then going through the adoption process which is equally as stressful and reaching a point where she felt she could mentally put herself through no more stress, bizarrely the universe took her to embark on her Reproductive Reflexology training.  Rachel wants no-one to go through the horrendous infertility journey she has been through.

Latterly Rachel has decided to adopt some donkeys instead!!  More fur babies …. 😊

So here at Acorn we are proud to introduce our Pre-Pregnancy Package.  Rachel Hill, also a BANT registered Nutritional Therapist has teamed up with Jadwiga James, Homeopath and Advanced Bioresonance Practitioner to offer you a full pre-pregnancy package which includes a contraceptive detox with Jadwiga if required, and Reproflexology sessions with Rachel, as well as diet and lifestyle advice.  The programme could take up to 16 weeks, is individual to you, and is appropriate to both men and women.

Full details are attached here …

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My hypnobirthing experience

Personal stories Posted on Fri, May 13, 2016 08:34PM

By Rebecca Slater

There is a saying “Giving birth should be your greatest achievement not your greatest fear”. When I found out I was pregnant in March 2015 I was over the moon but having had a lifetime of hearing people’s birth horror stories and seeing the media portraying pregnancy and birth as something to be feared I have to admit I felt more like I was about to face my greatest fear rather than my greatest achievement.

At the time if somebody had told me that I would feel so empowered by my pregnancy and birth experience that I would become a hypnobirthing practitioner I would have laughed, but that’s exactly what happened.

My fear of pregnancy and birth was pretty intense so I knew I was going to need some help if I was going to be able to enjoy my pregnancy. I did my research and came across Mindful Mamma hypnobirthing, a one day mindful hypnobirthing course that I hoped would help me feel more confident and in control.

At 32 weeks pregnant my husband and I attended the Mindful Mamma course, prior to which I had read the book and had been listening to the hypnobirthing track every day from about 24 weeks. I was really impressed with what I learnt and felt totally chilled throughout the pregnancy and was just looking forward to my babies’ arrival. It also really helped my husband know what his role would be during the birth as I think sometimes birth partners can feel a bit out of it and not fully confident in knowing how they can help and how important they are.

What I loved about the course was that it wasn’t at all how hypnobirthing is often portrayed. A lot of people think hypnobirthing is only for those who want a home birth or that those who do it are all hippies, this wasn’t the case at all. The tools and skills I acquired from Mindful Mamma can be utilised at any type of birth, it didn’t just promote undisturbed birth it also encouraged the use of hypnosis for birth alongside mindfulness techniques for medicalised births, such as inductions and caesareans.

By utilising the tools that Mindful Mamma had furnished me with I sailed through pregnancy and although I didn’t end up having the birth that I had planned I felt totally in control throughout the whole experience and when my baby made his very chilled arrival into the world on Wednesday 25th November I knew that I definitely experienced my greatest achievement.

From day one people have commented about what a calm, contented baby he is and nearly six months on that hasn’t changed. I think Mindful Mama played a huge part in this as it helped me relax and stay calm not only during the birth but also throughout the pregnancy, which I believe my baby picked up on.

I think that many people feel that they have had a negative birth experience because they see birth as something that has happened to them rather than something that they have had a say in and control over. I became a Mindful Mamma practitioner as I want more women and their birth partners to feel empowered by birth and this can be achieved by helping with creating positive mind-set through a variety of hypnobirthing and mindfulness techniques and also by giving them the tools they need to feel confident enough to ask questions that will help them make the decisions that are right for them and their baby.

I will be holding classes once a month at Acorn Natural Health Centre to find out more visit http://www.mindfulmamma.co.uk/rebecca-slater-ilkeston-heanor-and-surrounding-areas/