Alice Kirby BSc (Hons), HPD, CNHC (Reg.)
Cornwall hypnobirthing teacher and birth doula...

Alice Hypnobirthing Cornwall
 
Hello! I'm Alice ~ birth, talkradio, comedy geek with a tendency to laugh too loudly :)

I'm a clinical hypnotherapist, childbirth educator and birth doula with 16
years of experience
in the field. 
I live with my husband Andrew and our eight year old daughter Maya in Praze-an-Beeble, Cornwall, England (Maya's birth story)

Ethos...

Simplicity, quality and affordability. My practice is holistic, woman-centred and evidence-based. I aim to inform and support you to become more confident and empowered, however you give birth.

Background...

I've been trained by leading international experts including Janet Balaskas, Michel Odent, Adam Eason, Kicki Hansard and Maggie Howell. My degree was in psychology and counselling, before catching lots of babies as a trainee midwife at London's Guys & St Thomas' Hospital Trust (2003-2005). Following further teacher training in childbirth education, Royal College of Midwives accredited hypnobirthing, and clinical hypnotherapy, I launched my Cornwall hypnobirthing classes in 2007 and founded Hypnobirthing Online in 2013.

Accredited training and voluntary regulation...

Clinical hypnotherapist
Anyone (with the briefest of 'in house' training) may say they're a hypnobirthing teacher or hypnotherapist. T
he Department of Heath and Royal College of Midwives advise the public to choose complementary practitioners from a Professional Standards Authority (PSA) accredited register. The PSA is accountable to UK Parliament. As a PSA accredited CNHC registrant I have achieved the highly regarded Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD), which is externally validated by NCFE and mapped to the national occupational hypnotherapy standards. CNHC registrants abide by a strict code of ethics, undertake regular reflective CPD to update our skills and have sufficient professional and public liability insurance.

Birth doula
Most doulas complete an accredited training program via Doula UK ~ a highly respected not-for-profit organisation and voluntary register. I've been a doula for 12 years. My Doula UK 'recognised' membership means that: my training and mentorship met core standards; I adhere to the Doula UK code of conduct; I keep my practice up to date and I have sufficient current professional and public liability insurance


Memberships...

Qualifications...

  • Clinical Hypnotherapist with Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD)

  • Psychology & Counselling BSc (Hons), University of Roehampton, London

  • Diploma in Childbirth Education, Childbirth International

  • Doula UK recognised birth doula and Nurturing Birth certified birth doula

  • Active Birth Teacher certification with Janet Balaskas

  • Midwifery Practice modules @ King's College London:

    Principles of Midwifery Practice
    Developing Midwifery Practice
    Sexual Health Awareness
    Interprofessional Education
    Biological Basis of Assessment
    Psychosocial Context of Care
    Research Awareness for Practice
    Medical Problems and Childbirth
  • Midwifery placements @ Guys & St Thomas' Hospital

         Community
         Antenatal
         Postnatal
         Intrapartum (birth centre)
         Gynaecology ward and theatre

  • Trained to practitioner level and experienced in HypnoBirthing® The Mongan Method (RCM accredited)

  • Trained to practitioner level and experienced in Natal Hypnotherapy™