Hi, my name is Laura & I am the founder/owner of The Lemon Tree
It’s lovely to meet you and I am so glad you are here, ready to begin your journey with me.
As a HypnoBirthing ™ Teacher, Antenatal Educator, Mindful Breastfeeding Practitioner & Infant Massage Teacher, I’m fiercely passionate about all things pregnancy, birth & beyond. I love supporting families to achieve positive birth experiences, reach their breastfeeding goals & create positive parenting journeys. I live in the heart of Surrey, which is where I grew up, with my partner & my daughter, my hypnobaby & inspiration to start The Lemon Tree. I am currently pregnant with our second baby & looking forward to using my HypnoBirthing skills for my upcoming birth. Alongside teaching @ The Lemon Tree, I am a Chapter Leader for the HypnoBirthing Institute, a member of the Maternity Voices Partnership at East Surrey hospital & I also attend regular meetings & events related to pregnancy, birth & beyond to keep up to date with my knowledge and skills.
As a Mindful Breastfeeding Practitioner, I run workshops and private sessions for women & couples antenatally, about to embark on their breastfeeding & parenting journeys, which is something I’m truly passionate about. Building a report with my clients is extremely important to me as I know it makes such a difference to your journey to feel fully supported. When attending your HypnoBirthing course or a Mindful Breastfeeding workshop, you will enter a safe, comfortable, relaxing environment, where you will feel calm and immediately at home. All my classes & workshops are not just educational, they involve activities, videos, tasks, home practice, time to ask questions, explore and plenty of relaxation. This is a special time in your life, your journey should be positive, exciting & enjoyable. I’m here to help make that happen. Check out the testimonials section & birth stories sections to see what everyone has to say.
Before it all began……. I was sooooo fearful about giving birth! The idea of it made me feel immediately panicked, especially as a few people close to me had shared their negative experiences. We often hear traumatic stories from friends or family and see dramatised births through TV, films & the media. Birth is so hyped up to be a dramatic event – of course…… it generates viewings and sells stories. It’s no wonder we’re so flipping anxious when the time comes! So many partners & dads also hold this fear & anxiety as don’t feel they know what to do or what to expect, feeling like a spare part and just hope for the best (check out the birth stories section to read what dads & birth partners have to say).
I was SOOOOO skeptical about Hypnobirthing at first. I thought it was some weird hokey pokey, hippy thing, everyone was saying “oh you aren’t doing that hypno stuff are you”. I kept thinking – ‘how on earth could birth be calm or positive?!’. After plenty of research I could see it was actually based on facts, the science of the body & 27 years of success. Maybe I could achieve the birth I wanted with some practice & effort on my part? Still not convinced, I decided to research & found that most people who did NCT said the course wasn’t that amazing for birth prep but they made friends, doing no prep wasn’t something I was willing to risk so I really didn’t have anything to lose. I found a teacher that I really liked & could relate to & booked a course. I didn’t need to know how to change a nappy or what drugs I could have like some antenatal classes teach, you can read all that stuff in a book or online, I was desperate to have a good birth experience. I didn’t question the cost, you can’t put a price on something as important as birth preparation, especially when you don’t bat an eyelid at the £200 car seat, the £800 pram or the £100’s spent on bits & bobs. This was going to impact me & my baby for the rest of my life! I soon learnt that women’s bodies, babies & how they function was pretty damn incredible! The “Hypno” part actually stands for “self-hypnosis” which is basically deep relaxation like being in a daydream or trance. Easy, we do it every day without even realising & the home practice was breathing & relaxation – I was more than happy to do the homework :-). Well the rest is history & I genuinely cannot wait to give birth again one day. When I think about how positive & empowering the birth of my daughter was it gives me goosebumps!
So what happens………..through lack of education, choices, evidence, research, through forced pushing, through stress, holding fear & women not believing in their own abilities, birth doesn’t unfold as it should – often leading to unnecessary interventions, often resulting in a negative experiences – that’s where things have been going wrong! After my course & working at home continuing your practice (which really is key), my incredible and empowering hypnobirthing experience led me to become a practitioner whilst my daughter was a young baby as I had to share this incredible programme with you all as I know YOU CAN achieve a positive birth experience 2, wherever or however you birth your baby!
As a breastfeeding peer supporter I spend some of my time supporting women in the early hours, days & weeks on their breastfeeding journeys.
I would love to work with you and support you on this incredible journey. I offer free phone consultations so you can ask any questions you have & talk through how I can support you. Alternatively you can drop me a message or an email.