My name is Carly Harding-Jones and I am a doula, antenatal teacher and hypnobirthing practitioner, as well as a hypnobirthing mum. I am also qualified aromatherapist, and I am currently studying to become a reflexologist and breastfeeding counsellor.
I offer hypnobirthing courses in West London, including Chiswick, Acton, Hammersmith, Fulham, Ealing, Kensington and I also cover parts of South West London and Surrey.
I started my journey by overhearing about hypnobirthing classes and I soon booked to attend at 7 months pregnant. I had no idea what to expect and was apprehensive about my imminent birth and motherhood. I could never have imagined having the tools to feel as confident and calm as I did in the lead up, during and after my birth.
My own positive and empowering experience gave me the desire and confidence to further my learning by becoming a teacher. I felt so passionate about the antenatal, birthing and postnatal period that I decided to change career entirely.
I dedicate most my spare time to research within the birth world and never bore of listening to mothers and mothers-to-be. It really is a privilege to support parents and families at this important time. I enjoy studying and can often be found essay writing and researching for continuing personal development.
I believe in a healthy mind, a healthy body and I like to advocate for mental health awareness. Alongside this, I love being outdoors and can often be found in the park with my pooch, talking about essential oil benefits or socialising at the nearest cafe!
It would be a pleasure to walk this incredible and fulfilling path with you.
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'Thank you Carly for being such a lovely, informed and reassuring Hypnobirthing teacher. You have been a wonderful guide through the course and I feel fully prepared and confident about a calm, relaxed and happy birth. The relaxation techniques will be hugely beneficial throughout the birth and beyond. I will be recommending you to all my pregnant friends.
'Carly was incredibly personable and made us feel very relaxed. She was very informed and it was a joy to be taught by her.'
'I've always been terrified of childbirth - and hearing horror stories from friends didn't exactly help. So when I fell pregnant six months ago a lot of friends were saying how wonderful Hypnobirthing was and that it might help. Even though Carly at ZenBirth was quite far from where we live, she came highly recommended so I decided she was worth travelling to. The course was at her home and there was only one other lady there so it was a lovely small group. Carly talked through everything thoroughly and the relaxation techniques were great. I am not due for another couple of months but I feel so much better about everything now & a lot more positive, I know that the techniques she taught will help throughout the process but I also feel so much more informed about every aspect, from what medical procedures may be offered to what to expect when I go into labour. Thanks for putting my mind at ease Carly and for all the wonderful tips.'
'Carly, thank you! I honestly can't rate Hypnobirthing high enough for anyone preparing for their birth. I learnt so much in a supportive, positive environment that empowered & enabled me to have a successful & completely natural VBAC. Carly is such a wonderful teacher. Calm, caring & truly loves what she does!'
'Carly was very reassuring, practical and positive. She got to know us as a couple and made us feel very welcome in her home. She used her own experience and brought this into the course which was reassuring and helpful. I liked the informal approach and being able to ask questions at any point.'
'Carly is very passionate about birth and teaching about it. She is very positive and has great energy as well as being really knowledgeable.'
'I wanted to take the opportunity to tell you about our wonderful post-natal doula experience with Carly. I contacted Carly in the run up to baby number 2 as I was conscious that we were in need of a bit of support and mothering. I had little experience of bringing a small baby straight home from the hospital (our first baby spent 3 weeks in NICU). Carly was very sensitive and empathetic towards our personal circumstances and experience. We were quite unprepared for the emotional and practical whirlwind of bringing home a tiny baby and the blur of colic, feeding and sleeping patterns, not to mention hormones, recovering from a c-section and change of family dynamics; all of which Carly supported us with. She has been an invaluable source of emotional and practical support for the whole family. She is a great listener, asks open questions, encourages you to find your own answers. She is very calm and considered and is very knowledgeable about birth, the post-natal period and breastfeeding; all of which is evidenced-based and is underpinned by detailed esearch and continued professional development. She supported me in hospital in the days after my c-section and then at home, helped me to become comfortable with caring for a small baby, provided breastfeeding support, helped us with tasks around the home, bonded with our older baby, listened and gave us confidence as a family, and many more invaluable things... I only wish we'd had her around when our first baby was born.' - Deborah, 2nd-time mum
'Carly was great from the outset. She responded to my initial query speedily and effectively, and we were able to speak on the phone ahead of the course for her to assess my needs. She came to our home and made my husband and I feel at ease immediately. I have also come away knowing that she will be available to me with any post course queries and advice. All in all, a very positive experience!'
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