I took a hypnobirthing course when I was pregnant because I wanted better for myself. I wanted to enjoy my pregnancy and I wanted a birth experience I could look back on with joy.
Whatever happened, I wanted to be there and present, eyes wide open, making decisions, unafraid and trusting in my body and ability to do it.
I was able to have the positive, calm, at home water birth I planned for. It was the birth that I had wanted and was right for me. I don't have an unusually high pain threshold, I'm not really a hippie and I'm not a masochist (although none of those things are bad!).
You can have what's best for you too.
Watching anxious expectant couples transform into chilled and confident parents to be is the reason I do this job. It's a real privilege.
I'm a fully qualified Katherine Graves Hypnobirthing teacher and I'm also training to be a nutritional therapist at the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London.
When I get a chance, I write for The Natural Parent Magazine. I'm from Forest Hill and still live there with my husband and little girl.
You can find out more about my strategy work and writing at www.hannahmearns.com