Welcome to my website, I am very passionate about supporting women to feel empowered through their pregnancy and birth experience. I am pleased you have an interest in either hypnobirthing, doula support, pregnancy massage or reflexology and how you could benefit from sessions with me. You can also visit my website www.melanierossiter.com which hosts my online course and postnatal support pack as digital packages.
You can also click here to purchase my book 'Positive Birth Preparation'
With my second child I used hypnobirthing and the difference I felt throughout labour was undeniable. I felt more empowered and in control and I was surprised when they told me I was 8cm dilated, despite knowing I was in active labour. I am always fascinated by the scientific research on the links between the mind, body and emotions and have written more about this, and my own birth stories, in my book. I focus on how you can positively effect your birth experience through enhancing oxytocin and endorphins and being aware of triggers that could release adrenaline and its subsequent impacts on your birth experience. We also look at your beliefs surrounding giving birth and how we can change any negative ones. You will be empowered with knowledge about the 'system' and will understand what you can and cannot control. Most importantly, you and your birth partner will know how to advocate for yourself by asking the right questions. This is something I am hugely passionate about.
I have been very lucky to have been trained in birth support by the highly renowned Suzanne Yates (wellmother.org) and I’ve also trained in Hypnobirthing with Juliet Hollingsworth (author of ‘Hypnobirth Yourself’) and Dani Diosi from ‘Mama Serene’.
I am a maternity reflexologist and pregnancy massage therapist so I incorporate a real range of techniques and wisdom into my course days. Teaching birth partners techniques to use for labour so they often feel they have an active role.
1) Learn a range of techniques to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, you will feel confident and in control of your birth experience whilst having an understanding of the physiology of birth and what is happening with regards to your hormones. You will understand how to positively effect your experience through avoiding activating the sympathetic nervous system and why and how these different nervous system states effect your experience.
2) It changes the language and perception of birth. No more words like pain and contractions. It’s powerful surges and feelings. Fear is reduced and confidence increased. The words we use can effect our physiology. How does it feel to say powerful surge instead of contraction?
It's also a choice , if you are not bothered by the medical terms of course use them!
It's also about understanding what is happening with your womb muscles and checking whether the language resonates with the experience.
3) Hypnobirthing teaches women how to breathe through labour and birth, thus helping to activate the parasympathetic nervous system and increase oxytocin and endorphins. Endorphins are stronger than morphine!
That is science.
4) Regardless of the type of birth you end up having, you can have a positive experience by knowing what you can control, and of course letting go of what you cannot. You will learn the acronym BRAIN and why you should use it when suggestions are made.
5) Have confidence! You are a mammal, your body knows what it is doing. Trust your instincts and intuition. Your mind can work against you, you have probably been conditioned to believe that birth is painful as most of us are. We will look into your beliefs and how we can change them. Birth can be euphoric when baby arrives if all the conditions for a positive experience have been met. This is due to that high of oxytocin and endorphins.
6) Birth without unnecessary interventions, know why inductions are suggested, how to refuse if you do not want them and why to accept them if needed. Become empowered by knowing your options and not just to go along with whatever is offered. You have choices and rights!
7) I include antenatal information, giving you the knowledge of what to expect and an understanding of the ‘system’ knowing your options will put you in a stronger position to make informed decisions.
8) Your birth partner will feel more involved, giving them also tools and guidance and developing a deeper bond with the baby due to their involvement throughout the process. Preparing your partner to be ready and capable when the big day comes. I will give your partner a short massage and reflexology routine they can use.
9) Make friends with others on the same journey as you who could become friends for life! Priceless. Or if you want private classes I can come to your home and bespoke the course to you and your specific needs.
10) Receive ongoing and additional support from me. I will be there to support you afterwards too. As a reflexologist and pregnancy massage specialist I can also give you additional techniques in these areas to use in labour and throughout pregnancy.
11) Hypnobirthing can encourage a shorter first stage of labour.
Hypnobirthing course in Letchworth, Hitchin, Welwyn and Stevenage. I also do private classes throughout North Herts.
Maternity reflexology is used to nurture the woman and her baby on a physical and emotional level - pre-conceptually, throughout pregnancy, the birth itself and during the postnatal period.
During your pregnancy, your body will go through significant changes; these changes will affect the emotional, hormonal and physiological balance of your body. Reflexology can help to alleviate or prevent discomfort arising from this imbalance and restore the body’s equilibrium. Research has shown that regular reflexology treatments during pregnancy can shorten the duration of labour, with subjects often requiring less pain-relief during the course of delivery.
You can start having reflexology from the beginning of your second trimester of pregnancy up to labour. Treatments can help to rebalance you and we can focus on kick starting your body into dealing with unwanted side effects, such as..
•pain & discomfort
•stress & anxiety
In the last few weeks of pregnancy we can prepare for labour by working on specific hormone reflex points. Many pregnant women are so relaxed during a treatment, that they get that sleep they have been hoping for! Pregnancy and giving birth is like running a marathon and then there is still more to come! It is no surprise that we can feel exhausted and overwhelmed by it all.
If you're feeling in need of a reboost, reflexology can help you. We will focus on your emotional well-being by helping you to relax.
- Aid relaxation
- Improve mood
- Help release tension
- Aid sleep
- Improve well-being
Many women seek the help of a reflexologist if they go over their due dates and want to avoid a hospital induction. The reflexologist will work certain points on the feet to support the body as it gears up towards labour. Reflexology can also be extremely effective during the intensity of labour itself in helping the woman keep focused and relaxed.
After the birth
Women can feel both ecstatic and exhausted as well as experiencing other conflicting emotions after the baby's birth. Loss of sleep, breastfeeding problems, frustration and fatigue etc. can all take its toll on the new family. A reflexology treatment can be wonderful at this time as well as helping with other conditions associated with the postnatal period.
Reflexology is one of the safest, most supportive therapies for pregnant women and, sensitively applied, is excellent during pregnancy and birth, both for the mother and her baby.
I also specialise in fertility reflexology, many women have found reflexology to be a huge support in their journey to conception.
What the research says about reflexology in pregnancy and perinatal period:
– Two studies have shown that reflexology in pregnancy significantly reduced pain during labour (1, 2) and reduced the length of the first stage of labour (1).
– One study showed improved quality of sleep in post-natal women (3)
– One study showed that 6 weekly treatments of reflexology prior to giving birth on for women who experienced low back and/or pelvic girdle pain during their pregnancy significantly reduced the second stage of labour by 44.3 minutes (4).
– Reduced pain and stress levels for women with low back pain or pelvic girdle pain (5)
– Foot reflexology was found to have a positive effect in lowering the total anxiety scores of women in labour (6)
There is lots of anecdotal evidence too.
(1) Valiani M et al. (2010) Reviewing the effect of Reflexology on pain and outcomes of the labour of primiparous women. Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research. 15 (Dec) p302-310
(2) Iran Red Crescent Med J 2011; 13(7):475-479 ©Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal
(3) Lic Y C et al (2011) Randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of using foot reflexology to improve quality of sleep amongst postpartum women. Midwifery. 27. p181-186
(6) The Effect of Foot Reflexology on the Anxiety Levels of Women in Labour. Yılar Erkek Z, Aktas S. J Altern Complement Med. 2018 Apr;24(4):352-360