My name is Julie Smeaton and I have been helping people prepare for positive birth since 2016. I'm a hypnobirthing teacher, birth preparation coach and doula. I have also taught pregnancy and postnatal yoga and before that I was a lawyer. I'm passionate about helping people discover their power in their birth process and improving families' birth experience through hypnobirthing and birth preparation.
I discovered hypnobirthing when I was preparing to birth my second baby and hypnobirthing helped me to have him at home in a birth pool supported by my husband, my doula and two midwives. This really positive birth led me to train as a doula to support families through their birth process. I then trained as a hypnobirthing instructor so that I can share the skills and techniques with you to have a positive, calm birth.
I also have a deep interest in human rights in childbirth and the care we receive and currently sit on the Maternity Services Liaison Committee for NHS Lothian which works to improve maternity care experiences and protect the rights of birthing people.
I want you to have the best birth possible. One where you come out the other side feeling strong, powerful, knowing that you decided how to bring your baby into this world.
I want you to know that it's possible that birthing your baby will be one of the greatest experiences of your life.