Hi, my name is Rebecca and I am the founder of First Embrace Birth and Baby. I’d like to offer you a very warm welcome and congratulations on your pregnancy.
I am a mum of 2 children, my daughter Millie and my son Toby and wife to my Husband Glenn. I have a passion for all things pregnancy and birth and supporting people throughout their journey to parenthood.
When I first found out that I was pregnant with my daughter, although the pregnancy was planned, I suddenly felt a wave of anxiety, I was so excited and yet a part of me was telling me that I couldn’t do this, I didn’t know how to do this, I suddenly started to doubt myself and my body. It was like this little seed of negativity that had been planted in my mind over the years had suddenly grown to life. The negative birth stories that I had heard, and the negative portrayal of birth on films and tv that I had seen suddenly came to the fore-front of my mind.
I decided there and then that I wouldn’t let this become my reality and I realised that it was up to me to take control of my pregnancy and birth. I signed up to various antenatal classes, pregnancy yoga classes and hypnobirthing classes and soon realised that I could do this! By educating myself on the natural process of birth, learning how I could work with my body, mind and baby, how to release the fear and remain calm and in control and by knowing all of my choices during my birth, I could go onto having the most empowering and positive birth experience, and I did!
However, we all know that pregnancy and parenthood isn’t cheap, and although attending all of the different classes and workshops that were available to me gave me the knowledge and confidence it also came at a high cost. This is what inspired me to develop First Embrace Birth and Baby and our unique blend of classes. I wanted to be able to support expectant people and their families and to be able to offer all the education and tools to a calm, empowered and positive birth in one place, at a cost that is affordable. In 2017 I began a yearlong training course to become a perinatal educator, supporting hundreds of pregnant people and their families. I have since qualified as a KGHypnobirthing teacher as well as a Sally Parkes Pre/postnatal yoga teacher, providing me with the qualifications and tools I need to be able to fully support pregnant people and their birth partners throughout their pregnancy, birth and beyond. I hope to welcome you to our classes and community soon and to support you on your positive journey.