Alice Kirby BSc (Hons), HPD, CNHC (Reg.)

Alice Kirby hypnobirthing in Cornwall
I'm a clinical hypnotherapist, childbirth educator and mum with fourteen
years of experience
in the childbirth field.

I live with my partner Andrew and six year old daughter Maya in the peaceful village of Penponds in Cornwall, England. 

As a small independent business my ethos is quality, simplicity, honesty and affordability. My approach to birth is holistic yet grounded. My practice is regulated and evidence-based. I pay close attention to the mind-body connection. I aim to inform and support you to become more confident and empowered, however you give birth.

 Alice Kirby Hypnobirthing in Cornwall
Experience...

I moved to London from Cornwall to do my degree in psychology and counselling at Roehampton University (2000 - 2003).

From 2003-2005
I worked as a trainee midwife at St Thomas' Hospital, with lectures at King's College London. Placements were completed in the community, on antenatal, postnatal, gynaecology and theatre wards, and on delivery suite where I supported over 100 couples during childbirth. I had the honour of personally 'catching' 22 babies at the beautiful 'Home-from-Home' birthing suite overlooking the river and Houses of Parliament.

I decided to leave my midwifery studies, and trained as an independent childbirth educator and birth doula. I attained my Childbirth International diploma in childbirth education and completed active birth training with the world renowned Janet Balaskas. I qualified as a birth doula with Nurturing Birth in 2006.

I originally trained in hypnobirthing in 2006 with UK Natal Hypnotherapy™ founder Maggie Howell. I did the seven day training as part of her original group of practitioners, and successfully taught Natal Hypnotherapy branded courses to parents in London and Cornwall for two years - many of my former clients' positive birth stories feature in Maggie's book.

I have also done the five day practitioner training with the American HypnoBirthing Institute and worked as a HypnoBirthing - The Mongan Approach® practitioner for a year or so.

Since 2008 I have been delivering my own independent hypnobirthing workshops. These are unaffiliated with any third party company, draw on my midwifery background and provide up to date evidence-based support, flexibility and value for money. The workshop is always evolving in response to feedback from parents.
My online hypnobirthing course has been running since 2013 and reaches families all over the world.

In 2013 I formalised my training in hypnosis and achieved Clinical Hypnotherapist certification by completing my Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD). This highly regarded hypnotherapy qualification comprised of 450 hours of classroom time and independent study; and a 60,000 word portfolio. The HPD is externally accredited by Ofqual recognised body NCFE. The HPD is fully compliant with the National Occupational Hypnotherapy Standards, and as such I'm a member of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) - the Department of Health recommended register of practitioners, accredited by the Parliamentary Professional Standards Authority.


Qualifications, certificates, experience
...

  • Clinical Hypnotherapist certified (Adam Eason)

  • Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD)

  • Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) registered
  • Psychology & Counselling BSc (Hons), University of Roehampton, London, 2003

  • Diploma in Childbirth Education, Childbirth International, 2008

  • Midwifery Practice modules passed at King's College London university:

    Principles of Midwifery Practice
    Developing Midwifery Practice
    Sexual Health Awareness
    Interprofessional Education
    Biological Basis of Assessment
    Psychosocial Context of Care
    Research Awareness for Practice
    Medical Problems and Childbirth

  • Guys & St Thomas' Hospital Trust placements undertaken: 2003-2005

         Community
         Antenatal
         Postnatal
         Intrapartum (birth centre)
         Gynaecology ward and theatre

  • Trained to practitioner level and experienced in HypnoBirthing® The Mongan Method, 2008

  • Trained to practitioner level and experienced in Natal Hypnotherapy™, 2006

  • Doula UK recognised birth doula and Nurturing Birth certified birth doula, 2006

  • Active Birth Foundation modules 1&2 with Janet Balaskas, 2007

  • PROSPECT (Judith Schott) one day workshop on leading antenatal classes, 2005

  • AAPA accredited aromatherapy massage weekend workshops x 4, 2007