The Happy Birth Clubs dream team of renowned Antenatal & Postnatal Experts.
I became a birth junkie after my son was born ten years ago and have spent much of that time writing, campaigning and talking about birth and parenthood as a journalist and broadcaster. For pregnant women, knowledge is power. Honest, supportive ante-natal education in a fabulous location alongside other growing bumps is the best way to begin the craziest journey of your life. When I am not drinking tea with my beautiful Blooming Bunch, I write a weekly Daily Telegraph column; campaign for better maternity services for all women and look after my kids (10, 5 & 3). I am so proud of this course: there are no rules, no embarrassment and no finger-wagging – but laughter is obligatory.
There is nothing that Pam does not know about the very latest information on pregnancy and birth. She has been a midwife for over 25 years and is annoyingly discreet about all the celebrities she has cared for from the world of music and movies. TV presenter Davina McCall talks movingly of the way Pam shaped for her own “amazing births” and we are so blessed to have her compassionate, selfless expertise to hand. She helps the members of our club get the births they want: be that a homebirth or a planned caesarean section. She is an expert at post-natal care and breastfeeding and will visit you and your baby at home as part of our course. Pam doesn’t have a website but you call her directly on 07860752651 or send her an email.
Dr Donald Gibb BSc, MBChB, MRCP, MD, FRCOG, MEWIObstetrician
Donald may have a million letters after his name but that’s not why I chose him for our team. He is ideal because he is the calmest, most insightful, woman-centred obstetrician in the UK. He has more than 35 years experience in NHS and private practice at The Birth Company. Our couples are privileged to have such a small gathering in which to benefit from his wisdom. He now delivers babies at The Portland Hospital and continues to run Harley Street’s ‘The Birth Company’ which he established in 2000 and treats over 2,500 women per year for scans and expert care. He also tells a great tale or two!
Hannah is one of London’s top women’s health physiotherapists. Now based at Bodies under Construction at The Riverside Gym in Chiswick, she has worked on Harley Street and the prestigious Royal National Orthopeadic hospital. I knew she would fit in perfectly with our ethos when she arrived smiling on her bike and talked with such passion about helping women to preserve their pelvic floor health in pregnancy. A real expert who works daily to ease debilitating post-natal problems such as incontinence and pelvic pain. We just love Hannah!
Lisa is an Osteopath with a keen interest in maintaining musculoskeletal health for sport are pregnancy (we often say that giving birth is like running a marathon so getting in tiptop physical shape helps). She is great at helping our women to look after their backs and hips in pregnancy. She has a Master of Osteopathy Degree from the British School of Osteopathy; is registered with the General Osteopathic Council and is a member of the British Osteopathic Association. Oh, and has an MBE for her international squash career. A great addition to our team. Osteopath West.
With 25 years experience behind him, Alan Watson is a West London legend and one of the capital’s most sought-after Physiotherapists. His successful Bimal Clinic off Chiswick High Road holds together Olympic Champions and manages pregnancy aches and pains with the necessary expertise to undertake full holistic assessments. He is the go-to man for pelvic alignment before labour. He’s basically a Piers Brosnan look-a-like with magic hands.
Lucia MizzoniHypnotherapist / Psychotherapist / NLP Coach
I have known Lucia Mizzoni (NCP., PHTA, C. Hyp., MPMH, CNHC) for ten years and as an in-demand Psychotherapist and Life-coach, I was sure she would be too busy to join our team. So I was honoured and delighted when she jumped at the chance to work with pregnant couples! As a fully-qualified Hypnotherapist who used Hypnobirthing during her own two births, she understands the power of the mind and has the skills to help you acquire positive thinking and deep relaxation techniques. Her humour, intelligence (and captivating Italian accent) have quickly made her a favourite amongst The Happy Birth Club. I love Lucia and I know you will too. Lucia Mizzoni.
Lorraine O'MullaneHypnosis and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
]I’ve known Lorraine O’Mullane for many years and she brings the ideal combination of Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Behavioural training to our team. Based in Chiswick, Lorraine offers bespoke one-to-one hypnosis sessions and is also a qualified Confident Childbirth Practitioner. In an exclusive 90-minute taster, she offers a great insight into the effects of hypnosis on birth. Each couple also receives a free hypnosis relaxation download to use at their leisure. Lomullane.com.
Chloe Dymond Tucker RM LFHom IBCLCMidwife and Lactation Consultant
Our breastfeeding expert is Chloe Dymond Tucker, a lovely midwife with experience at King’s College Hospital, Guy’s and now delivering babies at St Thomas.’ She is a fully qualified lactation consultant who works as an NHS community breastfeeding in Lambeth, seeing up to 70 women per week. Chloe believes in helping families make decisions that allow them to enjoy their new life with a baby. Getting to know her prior to having your baby is a god-send if you need help afterwards. Her sunny disposition and sense of humour make her class a total joy. ChloeDymond.com.
Gordana PetrovicMA BScTCM MAcS RSM
I used to be a bit skeptical about acupuncture but after seeing how many women Chiswick-based Gordon has helped into easy labours I am a convert! Gordana has worked wonders for thousands of women, but is the first to admit that it is not a miracle treatment. Although we have witnessed her skill in bringing about natural inductions, acupuncture is best used throughout pregnancy to get the full benefits. Gordana attends your class on wellbeing and inevitably becomes a valuable resource to many women. She is a member of The Acupuncture Society and a Senior Associate of Royal Society of Medicine. In the UK, her acupuncture clinics are situated on London’s Harley Street and in Chiswick.
Jessica Scott BA Hons DipNT CNMNutritionist
Jess is Chiswick’s most sought-after nutritionist and works with us advising women on eating optimally in pregnancy and also hosting our post-natal weaning class. Formerly a private chef and cater, she travelled the world before studying at the College of Naturopathic Medicine and qualifying as a Nutritional Therapist. She firmly believes that eating well should not be boring but exciting, empowering and life changing. A mum of two young children, Jess knows exactly what life is like for the mums-to-be on our course! The Nutrition Kitchen.
Annie SimpsonInfant Sleep Consultant
Annie Simpson has 20 years of experience working locally with families in various roles, including maternity nurse, nanny and special needs teacher. She set up Infant Sleep Consultants with two pals and does wonderfully kind and supportive work helping exhausted families tackle baby sleep problems. She is always a wise and entertaining addition to our classes, confessing to the many challenges of parenting. As a mum of 3 there is nothing she hasn’t heard or felt herself! Infant Sleep Consultant.
Having a doula on our course was very important to me and over the years Sarah has since become very important to many of our women! She lives in Chiswick with two teenagers and is passionate about supporting new families during the post-natal period. She became registered in 2009 and is also a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter with Ealing Hospital, volunteering at several breastfeeding drop-in centres in the Ealing & Hounslow boroughs. She offers families reassurance, practical and emotional support.
Joanna Spriggs MAR, BA HonsReflexologist
Joanna is a reflexologist specialising in fertility and pregnancy. After struggling with infertility herself, Joanna experienced the amazing effects reflexology can have on the body’s endocrine (hormonal) system and this led to a passion in this area. Now a mummy to three girls herself, Joanna is on a mission to help other women on their own fertility journeys and the road to motherhood. Reflexology treatments during pregnancy can improve the chances of a shorter, less intense labour and improve recovery time, it can also help to give labour a much needed kick-start when needed. Joanna splits her time between her practice in Henley-on-Thames, alongside continuing to practise locally in Chiswick. JoannaSpriggs.com.
The City Barge
We are so lucky to have use of Chiswick’s most beautiful and welcoming gastro-pub. Located on the River Thames, between Kew and Chiswick bridges, with nearby tube and overland stations, plus tonnes of free parking, The City Barge is perfect. We have exclusive use of the elegant Harrowden Room. Drinks are on us. Delicious meals are available and on the last evening together, we all order food and toast your future!
The Little Gym
Chiswick’s premier family venue allows us exclusive use of their spectacular gym and comfortable lounges. Spacious, bright (and with endless teas, coffees and biscuits), The Little Gym is a relaxed, quiet space in which we host part of our ante-natal course and also the entirety of our Happy Baby Club sessions. Attending these post-natal events also earns you THREE free baby classes at The Little Gym!