The birth story of Elsie Honey, written by first time Mumma Hannah. Elsie was born at Truro Birth Centre in the water, during the Covid19 pandemic. Hannah and Luke did their HypnoBirthing sessions with me via Zoom (virtual teaching/meeting platform) Hannah's wonderful experience is a proof that a cervix opens at it's own pace and that every birthing persons body will work differently and open at a different rate - It's always good to know and remember that the half a centimetre and hour for first time birthers (and 1cm an hour for subsequent birthers) with regard to cervical dilation is only a guideline!

“When we finished our course with Terri she asked me how was I feeling towards birth and I confidently came out with 'I'm going to smash it!' which I couldn't quite believe came out of my mouth as I usually doubt myself with new things and always underestimate instead of overestimate. But I truly felt I had gained so much knowledge and understanding of how your body naturally births a baby that that was what was going to happen. Obviously I was totally aware that things could go slightly off plan, but I felt like I was in the right place if that was to happen and either way I had control and would cope due to the hypnobirthing.

38+6 I woke up early hours of the morning and felt quite sure that this was it, everything we had learnt was happening! From 5am I started to have surges and they were lasting around 40 seconds every 2 minutes. I managed to have a shower and wash my hair, never got to take the gel off my toenails that were hanging off though! We headed up to the birth centre about 7.30am and greeted by loveliest midwife, she did an examination and I was sure I'd be in established labour with my surges being so close together but I was only 2cm, the dreaded words 'go home, have a bath or a walk and come back later' ...I was happy to go home but in the back of my mind I knew we were never going to get there and back with how my labour was progressing. I was told my ketone levels were low and that honey is great for this...We decided to go on the hunt for honey and a walk about 9am and by 10am we headed back, something felt different and the surges were getting more intense. I was happy to be examined again and all I heard was '10cm and let's get the pool running!' I was so happy I was going to get the waterbirth I wanted and even happier that we were going to meet this little babe very soon!!

The relief of the water really helped and so did the continuous support of Luke who was absolutely amazing. I was in the water for 45minutes and by 12.01 Luke received our baby and placed her on my chest, Elsie Honey! It was the most amazing experience and the best feeling in the world that my body birthed this little human safely (but fast!) I couldn't have wished for a better birth. I had total control that whole time, I had no other pain relief other than the water and I couldn't quite believe by 1PM I was there eating that famous tea and toast.

Terri helped us so much and I believe we could have had a very different labour/birth if we didn't hypnobirth. I was so excited to tell her and will always be grateful for her time and the knowledge she gave us.”

If you would like to learn more about the wonders of Hypnobirthing, and want to feel calm, prepared and educated for your baby's arrival get in touch with me! I have a free Hypnobirthing taster session on Sunday 19th July at 11am. You can book your free place via my website. My next group course via Zoom is in August (1st, 8th and 15th from 10am - 1pm) Spaces are limited. , and again, can be booked via my website. for more information email me at or find me on Instagram (@cornwallhypnobirthing) or Facebook (Cornwall Hypnobirthing and Hypnotherapy)

I also have Doula availability from September through to December and in to 2021.

This is such a powerful message written by one of my wonderful Hypnobirthing Mummas. Susie was a member of of my first ever group Hypnobirthing course in October 2018. I had been successfully teaching private courses for 5 years, be decided I wanted to branch out in to teaching groups so that I can bring like minded people together and in the hope that it would facilitate friendships that lasted way beyond the pregnancy and maternity leave days.

I was so overjoyed when I read Susie's article in the new issue Isabella & Us Zine ( as she describes just how important her mum clan is to her, and how without Hypnobirthing she never would have met them! Take a read of Susie's story and also below I have included what Susie and her partner Mike thought about their Hypnobirthing course experience. with me.

"If you love baking then it’s a pleasure to chat to someone about Bake-Off and share recipes. If you’re a 90’s indie music enthusiast, then it’s a treat to discuss the best tracks on the first Charlatans album with someone like minded. These conversations and exchanges are like a little dose of therapy with someone who ‘gets it’. It’s the same with parenting. Chatting, texting, skyping, crying and laughing with your mum-clan is one of the most important things you can do for your self-care as a mum.

I took part in a group hypnobirthing class during my pregnancy. There were three other first-time mums on the course and our teacher set up a Whatsapp group so we could connect and share our hypnobirthing experiences. Little did we know that this group would create friendships that none of us could now live without.

Through pregnancy it became the safe space to ask questions about perineum massage techniques and if any of us had braved sex with a bump. During our individual labours it became the voice of reason and a reminder of all those hypnobirthing techniques we’d practiced. In those terrifying and deliriously happy but crying at everything first few weeks, it was the encouragement and the ‘we all created humans’ celebration needed. During the night feeds it was a place to share comedy poo-nami in the middle of ASDA and wobbly belly stories. And so it goes on.

A weight is lifted when someone responds to a random question with ‘oh I had that too’ or ‘yes, it is weird, but apparently it’s normal’! You instantly feel comforted and like you’re not on your own. You end up feeling like part of a family, not the one you’re the mother of, but one that is made up of mums. All facing the unknown, the first times, the ‘how do I do this?’ and ‘am I doing it right?’ questions. All crying when they see a school choir on telly, all finding their way through the mess of emotions that comes with going back to work and all fighting what seems to be the never ending battle with teething!

Be candid with your mum-clan, it is so important! Whether you see each other often, text all the time or have a call and a glass of wine every week, those little interactions with your mum-pals are much needed. They ground you, they strengthen your confidence as a mum, they are great for sharing top tips on how to entertain a toddler during a pandemic lockdown and they offer bucket loads of laughter which is sometimes the only way to get through a day."

Here is what Susie had to say about her Cornwall Hypnobirthing experience:

"I had read and heard a bit about Hypnobirthing so knew it was something I wanted to know a bit more about once we found out we were expecting. I was worried I wouldn't be able to find any support in Cornwall, but a quick search and I found Cornwall Hypnobirthing. Terri has been a delight from the very beginning answering my random emails asking about classes and what to expect all the way through to the actual course.

My husband joined me and we both thoroughly enjoyed every week. We both feel so much more at ease about what's happening to my body, our baby and the birth. I'm actually excited to give birth now knowing that Terri has given me the tools to do so calmly and with confidence. The class was a small group which was lovely as it gave us time to get to know the other parents-to-be and we're all staying in touch which is great. I would definitely recommend attending one of Terri's courses. You'll soon feel so proud to be pregnant and in control of your birth no matter which way the path turns. Plus the birth partners feel much more part of the whole experience which is super. The course is definitely one of the best decisions we've made in preparation of becoming parents.

Thank you Terri!"

Due to the current Covid19 restrictions I have transferred by group courses to distance teaching via Zoom. The next group course is June/July 2020 and will be run over 3 sessions. For more information visit my website ( or you can book your place here: - The course is open not only to Cornwall residents; You can participate in this group course wherever you are in the world!

Huge thanks to Susie for allowing me to share her words and images.

You can find Susie on Instagram = @susiesnowflake

Welcome to the World Baby Girl! I'm delighted to shared with you the wonderful birth journey of baby Frankie. Her parents Charlie and Sam were part of my most recent group Hypnobirthing course at Penrice Birth Centre (St Austell, Cornwall), and unbeknown to them at the time, they would be birthing in the middle of a global pandemic. Read below how they navigated the changing maternity system and, although plan A wasn't able to happen, how they went on to have an incredible, empowered birthing experience. As always. a huge congratulations and immense gratitude to Charlie and Sam for allowing me to share their experience.

"Leading up to the birth of our first baby, Sam and I were delighted to find Terri and her hypnobirthing classes. Whilst I am a scientist and had some concerns that the content may not align with my need for evidence-based facts, I actually found it to be quite the opposite. The classes were empowering, providing us with a tool kit to manage my labour and birthing experience and understand how to take control and determine the birth that we would like, free of drugs! 

Frankie was born in the middle of the Coronavirus pandemic and 13 days after her estimated due date. My midwife suggested I have a sweep at 40 weeks which I kindly declined. Sam and I had made the decision in advance that we would like her birth to be as natural as possible, avoiding medical intervention as far as we could. At 41 weeks, I was booked in for an induction at 41+5 and on this occasion, I did accept a sweep, where I was told I was 2cms and my cervix has already thinned by half. Over the next few days I tried many of the natural techniques to bring on labour; hot curries, walks, raspberry leaf tea etc etc to no avail. As my induction date approached, matters were complicated by the Corona virus – news reached me that Sam would only be able to be with me during active labour i.e. if I go for an induction, Sam would need to leave me and return only when I was in active labour. At this point, the situation was changing rapidly across the country with some health boards taking the decision not to allow birthing partners at all. I was wracked with fear that Treliske may follow suit at any moment and I would need to face the birth alone.

At this point, with conflicting thoughts on whether to go ahead with an induction, against my birth plan, out of fear that the regulations may change, I contacted Terri. She was utterly amazing and helped me to re-centre, reminding me that first-time mums go over their estimated due date by 10 days on average and helping me see I was making this decision out of fear. The RCOG had released a statement stating they were against the banning of birth partners and it was decided the regulations were unlikely to change, certainly not over the weekend (it was Friday evening by this point). Terri offered to perform a release hypnotherapy session over the phone to see if this could move things along naturally for us. She called me half an hour later and spent 40 minutes with me. I felt so much calmer by the end and like I had regained some control over the situation.

The next morning I had made my decision to ask for a second sweep rather than go ahead with the induction. At Treliske, we were hooked up to machines to check on Frankie and I was delighted to see my uterus was contracting mildly and I was now 3cms. In the car on the way back to Launceston, to my delight, my surges began. I was over to moon!!

Once home, my surges started coming fast and strong with barely any pause in between. I put the calm breathing and surge breathing to the test. After about 3 hours of surges, my waters broke and they were filled with meconium. At this point, I began to loose control of the situation as concern for Frankie took over (I didn’t realise meconium is quite normal with babies that exceed 41 weeks). We got back in the car and journeyed back to the hospital. This was the hardest car journey of my life and only made possible by Sam, calmly and clearly practicing the depthometer with me as my surges took hold. This was a routine we had practiced a lot in the lead up to labour and a lifesaver at this stage.

Sadly due to the meconium, I was no longer low risk and suitable for the birth centre however, we had planned for this eventuality with a birth plan suitable for the labour suite supported in the most by the midwives on duty. 

Using the calm breathing, surge breathing and J breath we managed to avoid pain relief, despite Frankie being a whopping 9lb 6oz, fulfilling my key aim of seeking out hypnobirthing. Sam continued to help me relax with the depthometer and nearing the end of labour rainbow relaxation was on a constant loop

Whilst Frankie’s birth didn’t go quite as we planned, I am still extremely grateful to Terri for her lessons and additional support in the lead up to labour. In this incredibly weird and stressful environment birthing in amongst a pandemic, hypnobirthing allowed us to gain back some control and achieve our ultimate goal – a drug free birth!!

Thank you so much Terri for you support and invaluable lessons – I would thoroughly recommend this course to everyone!"

I am currently teaching all my courses and classes virtually - via Zoom or WhatsApp video.

Hypnobirthing courses, antenatal classes, relaxation, and Hypnotherapy from the comfort of your own home. Which means I can now not only offer my services to Cornwall peeps, but to anyone, anywhere. Please contact me via the 'Contact Me' tab on my website or by email ( for more information or to book your free, no obligation consultation.

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