My name is Chanelle Thornton. I am an antenatal teacher and hypnobirthing practitioner, as well as a massage therapist and counsellor with a special interest in birth trauma recovery. I am also a hypnobirthing mum to twin girls and a singleton boy.
I offer hypnobirthing courses across South London, including South Norwood, Crystal Palace, Dulwich, West Norwood and surrounding areas. I am also available for course across other areas, including in South West London and West London.
I have spent the majority of my career in charity and public service development with a focus on family and young peoples services. I have a postgraduate degree in Psychology and I'm currently completing a postgraduate qualification in Psychotherapy and I'm operating as a trainee counsellor. Currently, I'm focusing my research on recovery form birth trauma, pre and postnatal depression and relationship support during new parenthood.
I am also a qualified mentor and have been volunteering with a national heath charity for the past ten years to support people entering the healthcare system (specifically for Leukaemia).
As a Leukaemia survivor myself and a person who conceived through IVF, I became really passionate about championing the cause of couples who were finding the road to parenthood rocky. I have been a keynote patient speaker on fertility after chronic illness at a number of charity conferences.
Hypnobirthing is so important to me. I faced a lot of anxiety in the lead up to my first birth. Being in remission from cancer and carrying IVF twins was daunting and meant I was being pushed toward a highly medicalised birth. Hypnobirthing changed so much for me and gifted me a birth experience that I really cherished and enjoyed.
As well as being a KGH-trained Hypnobirthing teacher, I am also a fully qualified ITEC Massage Therapist with specific qualification in pre and postnatal massage and massage for labour.
I look forward to supporting you on your journey to meeting your baby.
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What parents have to say about Chanelle:
'Chanelle was so supportive throughout my pregnancy, her advice and care helped me so much. The hypnobirthing course was amazing. I was suffering from severe anxiety throughout my pregnancy and both the hypnobirthing skills I learnt and Chanelle's counselling skills made all the difference to me.'
'Thank you so much for the wonderful course. The skills we learnt overcame the fear we were carrying from our first birth. Our baby was born yesterday after a wonderful 3 hour labour. I felt so empowered by the course and i had the birth experience I've always wanted. Thank you!'
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