Hi, my grown up name is Samantha, but most people call me Sam.
First and foremost I am a mum; this fact defines me, my work and my outlook on life.
I have two grown up sons 22 and 21 years old, their age says they are but do we ever really grow up? I hope not!
And a daughter of 3 years old.
I have parented with naivety and energy in my twenties and I am doing it again with the experience and wonder of a forty something.
What I’ve learned from becoming a mum…
HOW we bring our children into the world matters.
Our story matters, it’s what makes us, US.
Becoming pregnant, growing our babies and then birthing them are chapters in the story of our lives.
How we fall pregnant, carry our babies and then bring them into the world, plant the seeds for how we see ourselves as a mum and ultimately as a woman.
These seeds grow and become the framework we live within, supporting us and keeping us safe.
BUT, if these beliefs are negative, feed self-doubt and lower our self-esteem they can also shut us down, trapping us in a restricted shrunken world that limits not just us but our children as well.
My experience of Post Natal Depression and my journey into the world of Complementary Therapy…
The traumatic circumstances surrounding the birth of my second son catapulted me into the shadowy world of Post Natal Depression. If you want to read in more detail about my personal experience please click here.
Unable to return to a career in The City I re-trained, first in Reflexology, then Morrell Reflex Touch and Emotional Freedom Technique otherwise known as EFT or Tapping.
These techniques and my belief that the physical body and the emotional self are intrinsically linked form the corner stone of my life and work.
Over the last 17 years I have given hundreds of treatments working with countless clients. Over that time I noticed that women were coming to me for help with things as varied as fibromyalgia, ME, IBS, fear of flying, depression and anxiety, and that part of their story included trauma of some kind, often relating to their own birth or pregnancy and the birth of their own children.
My understanding of how the body copes with trauma on a psychological level meant it became clear that unresolved trauma, which in some cases, had lain buried for many years, can have a long lasting effect on our physical body and our emotions.
Pregnant at 40 and consumed by fear and anxiety
My own experience again played a part in the next twist in this tale, when I unexpectedly fell pregnant at the ripe old age of 40.
My fear of developing PND again was triggered, I felt myself begin to spiral downwards, my thoughts snowballing with “what if’s” and “maybe’s” that fuelled my fears and spiked my feelings of anxiety.
My knowledge and experience meant I was able to help myself to overcome those fears and I went on to deliver my daughter at home, in a birthing pool.
Our birth was attended by two wonderfully supportive midwives who were intrigued by my use of EFT (tapping) whilst in labour. The subsequent conversations I had with them led to the conception and then birth of my new business and I became…..
Out of a suffocating cloud of fear and anxiety came the silver lining, my unexpected pregnancy has led me to create a business that allows me to specialise in supporting courageous, lion-hearted women to not be defined by their pregnancy and birth experience.
I help women who are struggling to conceive, naturally or through IVF, to be in the best possible place emotionally and physically, increasing their chances of seeing that magical blue line.
I support women who have lost a baby to release their grief and overcome the fear that may be preventing them from trying to fall pregnant again.
And for the women that have had a traumatic birth, had a baby born sleeping, suffered PND or PTSD, I help these women to be the woman they want to be.
Healing the part of them that was broken, building their confidence, reducing anxiety, and supporting them to approach any future pregnancies and births without fear.
I don’t empower women, they do that themselves.