BirthSense is a team of experienced doulas, hypnobirthing specialists and dedicated antenatal teachers and we are on a mission to help women and families access the very best support and education as they journey through pregnancy, birth and beyond. We have all the skills and knowledge to help you have an empowered, positive experience of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.
Hi, I’m Tracy and I head up this group of incredible women. I first became aware of hypnobirthing back in 2010 when I attended the most wonderfully calm and beautiful birth I had ever seen. The mum (who happened to be my sister) was using hypnobirthing techniques and, to my amazement, didn’t appear to be experiencing much pain or difficulty at all as she breathed her baby into the world like it was nothing! Until then I had been somewhat dismissive of the method; assuming it was a bit of a ‘hippy’ thing. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I eventually decided to train as a practitioner myself and, in 2015 began teaching with BirthSense.
BirthSense was originally founded back in 2009 by my dear friend and mentor Callie Copeman. Callie was a birth doula and clinical hypnotherapist who trained in the US with Marie Mongan, one of the early pioneers of hypnobirthing. Callie was one of the first practitioners to teach hypnobirthing in the UK. When I first met Callie, I was struck by her down to earth attitude and wicked sense of humour and knew, immediately, that this was someone I wanted to work with. By sheer coincidence she was looking for someone to help her with her Cambridge classes and I was able to step in. It seems that the stars aligned that day. Callie stepped back from BirthSense in 2017 to move on to new projects but, since then, we have continued to go from strength to strength and now have even more practitioners covering Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.
What makes us different?
At BirthSense we are a small team of independent practitioners and, although we are trained in a variety of different hypnobirthing methods, we are not tied to any one of them. Our courses are written and continually scrutinised and developed by us. This makes us incredibly responsive to client feedback and means that our courses always reflect the latest research and thinking in the birth world. Unlike many hypnobirthing companies, you can’t just do a short training course and become a BirthSense practitioner. We are proud of the fact that only experienced birth professionals who regularly attend births and facilitate the techniques being used in practice can teach our courses.
We are united by the same down-to-earth, common-sense approach to birth and our courses reflect this. We know that mindset plays an important part in preparing for a calm and comfortable birth, but we don’t believe in magical thinking. We know that birth is a psychological, neurological and physiological event so our courses will help you to ensure that you have all the bases covered!
Meet the rest of the team
Becky is one of Cambridge’s most experienced doulas. She first attended the BirthSense course with a client back in 2016 and saw, first-hand, the difference it made to her client’s birth. She had previously trained with another hypnobirthing provider but felt that the BirthSense course could offer a far more comprehensive preparation program. Becky teaches our Bite-Size birth classes at Satyam Yoga in Cambridge and can be booked for private antenatal sessions.
Becky has a background in psychological support and trained as a doula in 2017. She has been very busy supporting many births since! She was introduced to hypnobirthing very soon after her training when one of her early clients attended Tracy’s course. Becky went with her in order to learn the techniques so that she could support her with them in labour. She was so impressed by the Birthsense course content, that when she decided to start teaching herself, there was only one place she was going to go. In addition to teaching and doulaing, Becky has almost completed her breastfeeding counsellor training.
Jessica discovered hypnobirthing just before the birth of her second child and was amazed and so grateful for the difference it made to her birth experience. Following this she was inspired to want to help women in the same way she had been helped. She trained as a hypnobirthing teacher and birth doula, took a brief break to have another baby and is now offering the full Birthsense antenatal preparation programme in Biggleswade, Letchworth and privately. Jessica has also taken active roles in the Maternity Voices Partnerships at both the Rosie and Lister hospital.
Maddie is one of Cambridgeshire’s longest serving birth and postnatal doulas having originally trained in 2003. She is well known locally as an infant feeding specialist and a founder and trustee of Cambridge Breasfeeding Alliance. Maddie is a mentor with Doula UK and the founder of Developing Doulas; a doula preparation course established in 2008. She had written two books: Why Doulas Matter and Why Mothering Matters published by Pinter and Martin. She is also on the editorial board of The Practising Midwife journal.