My name is Michelle Pearson, I am based in Hackney, East London and became a fully qualified HypnoBirthing Practitioner (The Mongan Method) in 2006 and have also trained with KG Hypnobirthing. I am also a Birth Doula registered with Doula UK. I have helped many couples achieve a calm, comfortable and gentle birth for themselves and their babies, in Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Stoke Newington, Islington and beyond!
I became interested in birth after having my own two children, Ella and George who are now officially grown-ups – time has flown! My first pregnancy was thrilling, I loved being pregnant and feeling all the amazing changes taking place in my body. Ella’s birth was at home, eight hours long and although a good experience, compared to many, it was intense from the start and I didn’t really have the understanding or the tools to support myself and so it took a long time to recover physically and emotionally. Leading up to my second birth I felt more fearful – would I be able to do it again? It was another home birth but this time much quicker and with my body’s previous birthing experience, I was able to let go and feel the power of my body. I felt exhilarated and so proud of myself after George’s birth.
At that time, I began to realize how fearful we as women can become as we get closer to giving birth. I wanted to find a way of helping more women feel empowered and confident in their body’s natural ability. I began to dream of working in the birthing world and to be able to help women, their partners and babies have a more positive experience at this life changing time. (my grandmother was a midwife in India – perhaps it’s in my genes!)
One day, whilst working in my job as a Production Manager on a women’s magazine, a chance conversation with a colleague and friend, led me to find out about HypnoBirthing. It’s philosophy and common sense approach reflected my own instinctive feelings of how birth could be and soon after I found myself training to become a HypnoBirthing Practitioner. Since then I have helped many couples have calm, confident, positive birth experiences. Read more in birth stories and testimonials
I am committed to continuously updating my skills by attending birth workshops and lectures. I have trained with Michel Odent, known for his role in promoting natural birth and water birth. I completed my Doula training with ‘Developing Doulas’ in 2013 and am now a recognised Birth Doula with Doula UK.
I hold a Practitioner Diploma in Integrative Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy and a Certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Hypnosis and NLP.
I have been inspired by the writings and lectures of Ina May Gaskin, Michel Odent, Sarah J Buckley, Shelia Kitzinger, Janet Balaskas and of course Marie Mongan, inspiring advocates and activists for calm, gentle birth.
Contact Michelle Pearson if you have questions, need more information or if you would like to arrange dates to book classes or if you wish to enquire about my Doula services.
mobile: 07821 883263 tel: 020 8525 0545