Congratulations on your pregnancy and welcome to Sophrosyne Birth.
Hello, I'm Elka, certified KGHypnobirthing practitioner, qualified pregnancy and postnatal yoga teacher, experienced coach, mentor and founder of Sophrosyne Birth. I am fascinated by all things associated with pregnancy and birth. I am passionate about hypnobirthing, having experienced first hand the impact it can have.
No matter what your individual circumstances or past experiences, our hypnobirthing course will provide you with all the tools and techniques to achieve the best possible birth for you and your baby, giving you all the support you need to birth your baby with the calm confidence you deserve, whatever path you take.
Choosing the right hynobirthing course is important. We all have different needs, motivations and concerns. When I teach, my goal is to ensure that everyone in the course feels comfortable, relaxed and at ease so they can ask the questions they need, practice and get as much benefit from the course as possible.
Regardless of whether you choose to attend a group course or invest in private sessions, I am here to support you throughout the course and beyond to ensure you continue to build confidence right up to the birth of your baby.
Elka Williams Dip HB (KGH)
Certified KGHypnobirthing Practitioner, pregnancy and postnatal yoga teacher
KGHypnobirthing is widely respected as the leader in the field of hypnobirthing in the UK. The teacher training course is accredited by the Royal College of Midwives as proof of the standard of training we offer.
My Hypnobirthing Story
I became pregnant with my son in my late thirties. As it is for many women, it was one of the happiest moments of my life – but also a major source of anxiety. After the initial excitement, fear took over as it appeared decisions were being made for me by obstetricians, hospital guidelines and well-meaning family. On top of that were those well-known TV programmes that so often condense childbirth into a 20-minute nightmare. What I had tried to dismiss as nerves then turned to genuine anxiety, as so many choices were taken away from me for no other reason than my age. As a new mother in the 35 to 45 age bracket, I was led to believe induction was an absolute necessity. It seemed the calm, tranquil birthing environment I had envisaged with my partner was out of the question. I spent hours searching the internet to understand the information we were being given, but it only served to increase my anxiety. And then a close friend suggested hypnobirthing. By this point, anything was worth a shot.
After I joined a course, I began every session with the same thought: “I don’t think this is working!” It turned out I couldn’t have been more wrong. Hynobirthing transformed our experience. The information and guidance we were given helped us understand our options and the resources at our disposal. We were encouraged to meet consultant midwives and obstetricians. When it came to medical staff, we found we could ask questions with confidence and understand any risks. In the end, our birth plan was closely aligned to our preferences and it was also supported by all the midwives and obstetricians involved in our care. The hypnobirthing relaxation tools and techniques were invaluable during the pregnancy as well as the birth. Giving birth to our son turned out to be nothing short of amazing - a completely natural, pain-free experience – the most positive outcome we could have hoped for. It felt a million miles away from the plan we had initially been presented with, early on in the pregnancy.
I read once the reason we hear so much negativity around birth is because those who feel positive and empowered by their experience don’t want to brag. However, I believe that for every mum-to-be, hypnobirthing is a “must-hear”.
While KGHypnobirthing cannot guarantee a perfect birth, it will always make a positive difference. I have experienced myself what hypnobirthing can do and I have seen the difference it has made to others. The techniques you will learn with KGHypnobirthing will give you the information and tools you need to have the calm, comfortable and empowering birth every mother wants.