Meet Heather Dickson
Clinical Hypnotherapist & coach, Hypnobirthing, Hypnomothering
& 3-Step Rewind Practitioner, and Pelvic Balancing trainer
Welcome to Intuitive Birth!
I’m Heather, a mid-30’s mum who spent most of my life living in fear of childbirth and sharks – two totally irrational fears for someone who had never given birth and didn’t often swim in the sea… So, almost 5 years ago I decided to tackle one of my fears, and the shark fear could definitely wait!
We decided to try for a baby and luckily fell pregnant relatively quickly, and so after the first trimester when everything worried me, and I was finding my feet as a pregnant woman and the changes that brings, I decided to look for positive birthing classes to help keep me calm. My experiences of childbirth before then had been what we see on the TV, movies, horror stories from acquaintances and a few horror stories from friends. I couldn’t lift the feeling that all this pain was to come. That doesn’t help with your anxiety levels, let me tell you!
I decided instead of living in fear of what was to come, I would take what little control I thought I had, and inform myself about everything childbirth related. Que the google searching and reading, and...you guessed it...more worries. It was time to give up on the internet, google is definitely not your pregnant self's friend!!
I turned to a book about motherhood, and that’s where I found out about Hypnobirthing – this strange phenomenon that made people feel GOOD about birth, actually LOOKING FORWARD to their labour. Seriously? I booked a course, I had to find out more! The more I learned through my course and the book the more confident, calm and relaxed I grew, I knew I’d found the way to unlock my intuition, my instinct, my own power. I learned about the physiological side of birth, about the mind and how it impacts labour, about our options and choices and just how much we actually had control of, and how to prepare and understand the changes that could happen in the birth room and why... All I had to do was get out of my own way, and learn and practice the techniques to stop me from sabotaging that beautiful birth I wanted with my fear - SIMPLE!
Now my labour was one of the most empowering experiences of my life - but it was also physically and emotionally the most important thing I have ever done. It had some twists and turns that we had to navigate - and that took me off track from my original plan, and honestly...I've never been so grateful to myself for preparing for all eventualities in the birth room. Because although the birth we had wasn't exactly the birth that probably pops into your mind when you hear the word Hypnobirthing, we came out of the birth room knowing that we shifted our sales for what our baby needed for his birth, and we felt strong, together and much more like a team than we ever had before. And this is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
After my sons birth I knew I had to help restore peoples confidence in their bodies, in their ability as a couple to navigate birth together, in their strength and power as a team...and the way to do that was teaching! For the past few years I've spent my time working as a Clinical Hypnotherapist delivering Bespoke Birth Coaching Sessions, Private Hypnobirthing Courses, Group Hypnobirthing Courses and classes and Trauma Resolution Sessions to parents and parent to be. I've developed and rolled out my own bespoke course, which is unique from other courses out there, and has now won "Best Bespoke Hypnobirthing Scotland" for 2 years in a row - 2020 and 2021! I work with all pregnant people, however I specialise in working with those who have had a past birth or natal experience that has left them with some overhanging feeling that need resolved so that they can move forward for the birth of their next baby.
If any of this resonates with you, if you want to get prepared for birth and parenthood, or if you have something to overcome - get in touch, drop me a note - I love to chat and see how I can help you. Head across and have a look at my sessions, classes and courses here: