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

Cornwall hypnobirthing doula
alice kirby cornwall hypnobirthing doula

Hello! I'm a 37 year old freelance hypnotherapist, childbirth educator and birth doula with 16
years of experience
in the field. I teach hypnobirthing antenatal classes in Cornwall and I'm the founder of Hypnobirthing Online
I live with my husband Andrew and our eight year old daughter Maya in the village of Praze-an-Beeble, Cornwall, England (Maya's birth story)

Ethos...

A homegrown little business valuing simplicity, affordability and authenticity. I don't pay for advertising, Facebook 'likers' or content writers ~ this is 100% me. My practice is down-to-earth, 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 trained with 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. 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 2012.

Accredited training and voluntary regulation...

Clinical 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...

Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)

NHS Kernow: Cornwall Maternity Voices Partnership

Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth group consumer panel

Doula UK

Qualifications & experience...


Clinical Hypnotherapist with Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD) (L4)

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

Independent midwife assistant with Evony Lynch

Aromatherapy modules with Carole Preen / Kevala Centre

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

Trained to practitioner level and experienced in Natal Hypnotherapy™

Midwifery Practice modules passed @ 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