About Us

heartsSharon, Katheryn, Jade, Michelle and Katie are experienced midwives and hypnobirthing practitioners currently practising within the NHS. They are passionate about supporting couples to have a positive birth and transition to parenthood. They are the experts on hypnobirthing in their area, regularly lecturing students and midwives about the use of hypnosis for childbirth. Supporting many couples in a variety of settings; obstetric-led labour wards, midwife-led birth centres and at home.

They pride themselves on providing a quality, personalised service, building a rapport with the couples they work with. Their clients report how much they appreciate being taught by experienced and currently practising midwives with a knowledge of local healthcare trusts and their honest and realistic approach.

They have even used hypnobirthing for their own babies births. Read their wonderful testimonials and birth stories here.

Sharon Rapsey

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  • Registered Midwife. BSc (Hons)
  • Experienced Hypnobirthing Practitioner
  • Founder of bumps’n’babies

Sharon qualified as a midwife in 2003, she has experience of working on labour wards, midwifery led birth units, and in the community including attending home births.  In 2006 she moved to the Costa Blanca, Spain, to work in an internationally renowned hospital. There she promoted natural birth in a highly medicalised environment. When she returned to the UK in 2009 she was inspired to found bumps ‘n’ babies after attending a hypnobirthing home birth. She felt there was something special about this particular birth and wanted to spread the word so that more couples could have a similar positive birth experience. As an experienced hypnobirthing practitioner she has lectured many students, midwives and other health professionals about the benefits of hypnobirthing.

Katheryn Gallagher

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  • Registered Midwife BSc (Hons)
  • Experienced Hypnobirthing Practitioner
  • Hypnobirthing mum of three
  • Baby Massage Teacher

Katheryn qualified first as a nurse, specialising in ITU, and then as a midwife in 2006. She has experience working in the hospital, in Delivery Suite and a Midwife Led Unit and in the community at home births. She has also worked as a midwife in Sri Lanka.

In 2011 when pregnant with her first baby she worried about the pain of birth and how she would cope. As a midwife she felt she had too much knowledge of complications.
But after being taught hypnobirthing by Sharon and practising the hypnobirthing techniques she didn’t even realise she was in labour until nearly ready to push and she had a planned home birth. This inspired her to train as a hypnobirthing practitioner and she has been teaching HypnoBirthing since 2012. She has had two more babies at home, both very positive births using HypnoBirthing.

Jade Lavelle

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  • Registered Nurse and Midwife. RM BSc (Hons) BNurs (Hons)
  • Experienced hypnobirthing Practitioner
  • Hypnobirthing mum

Jade worked as a Renal Nurse prior to becoming a Midwife. She is experienced in the  labour and postnatal wards in the hospital and also community midwifery. Currently, she works in a midwifery led unit, caring for uncomplicated women during their labour.

Like Katheryn, Jade felt she had too much knowledge of labour, leading to anxiety when it came to her own pregnancy.  Jade attended a group hypnobirthing course taught by Katheryn. With the help of the powerful hypnobirthing relaxation and visualisation techniques, Jade birthed her very own hypnobaby in the pool at a Midwifery Led Unit with absolutely no pain relief whatsoever. This continues to be one of Jade’s biggest achievements to date – fuelling her with a passion to help other women feel positive and empowered about birth.

Click to read Jade’s birth story

Michelle Maggs

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  • Registered midwife RM BSc (Hons)
  • Hypnobirthing Practitioner
  • Hypnobirthing mum of two hypnobabies

Michelle is an experienced, senior midwife who has predominantly worked within an obstetric unit.  Her passion and enthusiasm lies within promoting and supporting normality even when more complex circumstances occur.

When pregnant with her first baby, Michelle was keen to strive for a normal birth, yet was surrounded by experiences of complications which caused massive doubts and anxieties. She was determined to overcome this and although sceptical at first, Michelle undertook a hypnobirthing course taught by Kathryn.  Her scepticism didn’t last long! Her first labour and birth resulted in a hugely positive experience which showed her the power of hypnobirthing and the immense difference it can make.

When pregnant for the second time, Michelle revisited the hypnobirthing techniques she had previously learnt and her second labour and birth proved to be a truly empowering, incredible experience.  She was subsequently inspired to train as a hypnobirthing practitioner, to be able to spread the word and help others to have powerful and positive births.

Katie Robertson

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  • Registered Adult Nurse and Registered midwife. RM (BSc Hons) BNurs (Hons)
  • Breastfeeding Advisor
  • Hypnobirthing Mum

Katie worked as an adult nurse specialising in gastroenterology prior to becoming a midwife. She has worked in all area of the hospital such as the antenatal and postnatal wards, the midwife led birthing unit and labour ward where she currently works to date.

When Katie became pregnant she was very keen to try hypnobirthing as she had cared for women that had practised hypnobirthing and was impressed by the way these women coped in labour. She attended a hypnobirthing course taught by Jade.  Katie had originally intended to birth in hospital, however towards the end of her pregnancy she decided to birth at home and did so without the need for pain relief. Hypnobirthing allowed Katie to trust her body, to birth her baby as nature intended, which resulted in a positive, empowering birth experience.

Katie has a lot of passion and experience of breastfeeding. As a midwife she has advised and helped many women to breastfeed their newborn babies as well as breastfeeding her own baby. Katie has developed our breastfeeding workshop to prepare women and their partners for a calm confident breastfeeding experience.

Sharon, Katheryn, Jade, Michelle and Katie are registered with the NMC, and are members of the RCM and RCN

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