About Glenys Underwood
"Glenys was a fantastic instructor, very supportive and positive, a great course." SC, Lincoln
This is me (Glenys) saying a first "hello" to Mai
Registered HypnoBirthing® Practitioner, Registered member of The Federation of Antenatal Educators (FEDANT) and a doula.
As a reflexologist I am a Fellow of the Association of Reflexologists and I trained further in Maternity Reflexology and aromatherapy. Pregnancy and reflexology go hand-in-hand – more of this on the Reflexology page on this site. Babies also enjoy the reflexology sessions!
I am a qualified HypnoBirthing® Practitioner, registered with the HypnoBirthing Institute in America, where it was originally developed. The benefits of HypnoBirthing® are well documented!
As a HypnoBirthing® Practitioner, I am also a childbirth educator – so am able to inform those couples who are unable to access ante-natal classes. This skill also comes into my work as a doula. Research suggests that the presence at the birth of a doula may help you to reduce the potential of a medically assisted birth.
The Doula UK website tells us:
“Today's mother is generally not given the chance to enjoy her pregnancy, labour and new baby because of the pressures that society places upon her.
"Doula" (pronounced "doola") is a Greek word meaning "woman servant or caregiver". It now refers to an experienced woman who offers emotional and practical support to a woman (or couple) before, during and after childbirth. A doula believes in “mothering the mother” - enabling a woman to have the most satisfying and empowered time that she can during pregnancy, birth and the early days as a new mum. This type of support also helps the whole family to relax and enjoy the experience.
Birth doulas are trained and experienced in childbirth, although they may or may not have given birth themselves. They have a good knowledge and awareness of female physiology BUT the doula is not supporting the mother in a clinical role - that is the job of the midwife/medical staff.”