My name is Gina Potts. I am a well-established antenatal teacher and hypnobirthing practitioner in the South East of England, and the founder of ZenBirth. I am also a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter and Birth Trauma Recovery specialist, as well as a trainee hypnotherapist and hypnobirthing mother of two beautiful hypnobabies.
I teach group hypnobirthing courses in East Kent (Canterbury / Whitstable) and in South East London (Blackheath / Greenwich). I also offer private hypnobirthing courses across Kent and South East London, and worldwide via Skype.
Here's my story....
I first found out about hypnobirthing in 2009. When I became pregnant for the first time, my instincts as a professional researcher kicked in, and I read everything I could about pregnancy and new babies. However, I avoided anything and everything to do with actually giving birth. Why? Because I was terrified. I had heard countless negative things about childbirth when I was growing up, and I believed this would be the hardest thing I would ever endure in my life.
Quite late in that pregnancy, a friend sent me a book on hypnobirthing (thank you Jen!!). Once I read the first few pages, I knew that hypnobirthing was for me. As a result, I took a hypnobirthing course, and my trepidation and fear of birth turned into excited anticipation to do this amazing thing. I went on to have a surprisingly manageable, straightforward birthing experience with my first baby, which you can read about here. A few years later, I enjoyed another amazing hypnobirth with our second child, who was born at home in a birth pool surrounded by the loving support of my husband and doula, plus a wonderful NHS midwife.
After my first 'zen' experience of childbirth, I decided to train to teach hypnobirthing because I realised how important it is to share positivity about childbirth, as well as the powerful tools and knowledge I had discovered. So, I founded ZenBirth in 2011 and have now taught over 500 couples. I am passionate about hypnobirthing because I have seen how it empowers women, prepares couples and helps parents give their babies positive birth experiences.
I hold a Diploma in KG Hypnobirthing (accredited by the Royal College of Midwives) and a Certificate in HypnoBirthing (Mongan Method). I am an NCT-trained Breastfeeding Peer Supporter and trained in Rebozo and Closing the Bones. My training in hypnotherapy and counselling is on-going. I have also facilitated the Positive Birth Movement meetings in Canterbury and Greenwich and have sat on the Maternity Voices Partnership committees for East Kent and Lewisham and Greenwich. I am a member of the Hypnobirthing Association (UK), have sat on the KG Hypnobirthing Steering Group, and have also been a member of the HypnoBirthing Institute (USA). I act as a mentor for other new hypnobirthing instructors, including my own ZenBirth team. In addition to my work for ZenBirth, I am a co-Founder and Director of The Birth Network CIC.
My previous professional experience is in higher education, having worked for over 13 years at universities in London as a researcher, lecturer and student support manager. My BA, MA and PhD degrees are all in English Literature, and my teaching and research have mainly been in women's studies. My other experience and interests include counselling, mindfulness, pottery, gardening, yoga, cooking and walking our lovely Tibetan Terrier.
My professional skills and experience enable me to deliver high quality courses, backed by research and knowledge of positive birthing, whilst also supporting couples in a relaxed and nurturing environment. Have a look at my testimonials and the birth stories to see what ZenBirth parents have had to say about me and the course.
Looking forward to meeting you on the course.
Qualifications & Membership
+ BA (Hons), MA, PhD
'Hi Gina, I’m writing to let you know that our baby was born last Saturday. We’re over the moon! :-) The labour was much quicker than I expected. I used the hypnobirthing breathing, which I’m sure helped a lot... It was a wonderful, powerful experience! Thanks again for your course, which provided us with lots of information and gave us confidence to have a home birth. Love, Paula'
'Gina is wonderful. Positive, considerate, bubbly and informative. I was particularly impressed by her ability to manage the class - to take into account the needs and perspectives of all participants, whilst maintaining control of the overall classroom, responding to questions when asked but also managing the group to ensure that those less confident were equally involved as the more prepared. Thank you Gina!!'
'Gina, it was great to see you again for our refresher session. Your session really helped us both click into the right head space again and made everything come flooding back in a brilliant way.'
'To anyone at the start of their journey, weighing up the options of the various classes on offer to pregnant women, I would suggest that Gina's hypnobirthing group classes is all you need. Having paid for NCT as well as hypnobirthing sessions, I wish I'd have saved myself a couple of hundred quid and focused on this class. Gina is incredibly well educated to answer any queries or concerns you may have, and gives a very balanced opinion. Her classes are fun, informative and leave you looking forward to the next class. I would recommend Gina to any of my friends looking for antenatal classes. You couldn't be more prepared for this wonderful, life changing experience than taking a hypnobirthing approach using Gina's class. Thank you Gina you're brilliant!'
'We both felt so relaxed afterwards and are really glad that we decided to take the course.'
'Gina is a fantastic teacher of a highly effective technique that helped me achieve my empowering home waterbirth after previous c-section. First-time mums through to old-hand mums would benefit from hypnobirthing.'
'It was so important to have Gina there to talk us through any concerns we might have, she really did a great job listening and also in sharing her own experience with us. The videos were great, and so was the course material.'
'Gina was so supportive and approachable, she really made me feel as though I could ask anything, and following the course I truly believed that I would have a straight forward, natural birth - and I did! I especially liked Gina's calm approach, she has a manner that instils trust and confidence and creates an atmosphere of serenity and belief in hypnobirthing.'
'Gina was always very approachable, patient with the millions of questions and calm. We feel (due to this course and Gina) we have gone from a place of anxiety and apprehension to calm confidence and well-educated. We actually now really look forward to the privileged experience of giving birth and becoming parents!
'Amazing experience, I'm a third time mum and was feeling apprehensive due to previous difficult births, I decided to open my mind and try something different and I am so glad I did. I had an amazing hypnobirth at home in a pool with no drugs and no intervention at all. I was so inspired by Gina!'
'Gina is brilliant. We really liked her manner and she made us feel very at ease. She also liked our dog, which puts her immediately in our good books. I felt she handled the fear exercise particularly well - gave me lots of time to talk about how I felt. I had a lot of questions and concerns during all our sessions and she made time for all of them. I ALWAYS ended our time together feeling confident I could have a good birth.'
'Gina is very well prepared and knowledgeable and I really liked that she had a lot of up-to-date material and research. I like my research! I would have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone else and have already mentioned her to one of my local midwife team.'
'From the off, Gina made me feel calm and her enthusiasm and solid belief in the practise filled me with confidence...It was comforting to have someone to talk to and share my fears with. I shared things with Gina that I had not spoken about to anyone else. I was now looking forward to giving birth and instead of being afraid of the pain, I was embracing the fact that each surge would be one step closer to meeting my baby... Gina was part of my daughter's birth so will always be special to me.'
'Gina came to see us for a final session on the 20th July and our baby came almost a week early, born at home, on the 21st. I think seeing Gina helped me let go of any final fears about labour and our baby decided then it was time to come.'
'... I looked into how we could empower ourselves to have the most natural birth possible. The answer was hypnobirthing. Gina's four-session course was a revelation to us. By the end, we were informed, relaxed and without fear. We were reborn and ready to meet our daughter.'
'Gina was fantastic from the day we met her at the Open Evening at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. She is friendly, very professional, warm and very calm. Doing the course with her was just great. I like her straight-talking, balanced views and very calm and gentle manner. She was always very eager to answer our questions, gave us more time sometimes than we had, and gave us loads of links and extra info that we have enquired about. 10 out of 10 for Gina.'
'Just wanted to let you know that your classes and what I learned really helped me during labour. I was able to keep calm and relaxed throughout the first stage using the surge breathing and throughout most of the second stage too. I dilated pretty quickly. I used gas and air and a tens machine but apart from that managed the labour pain through breathing and using the concentration and visualisation techniques that you taught us.'
'Our baby was born in Lewisham Birth Centre and weighed in at a healthy 9lbs... I didn't even think I was in real labour until my waters broke so by the time we arrived at the birth centre I was already 9cm! You will be pleased to know the midwives thought I was living proof that hypnobirthing works... The main thing for me was that I wasn't scared and trusted my body.'
'Our gorgeous son arrived and he is just perfect! My labour was quick and the hypnobirthing really helped. Surges started at 12.30am, I arrived at hospital at 3.30am, 8cms dilated, was in the pool for most of the time... Left cord pulsating and we both had lots of skin to skin... I didn't need any stitches or anything. So I am sure that the hypnobirthing must have helped! The midwife respected our birth plan and I think we did really well!! We were even joking as I was crowning! Thanks for everything :)'
'I thoroughly enjoyed the whole course. I felt very unconfident about the whole process beforehand but learning what Gina has taught me has helped me focus on the type of birth I want. I have learnt so much about how my body will work through each birthing stage and have become confident about the type of birth that I want and that I know what is best for me and my baby.'
'Thank you so much Gina! I really enjoyed your course and think your delivery was really great. You provided lots of useful information and I certainly feel very well equipped now to deal with my birth experience.'
'...Gina made me feel calm and her enthusiasm and solid belief in the practise filled me with confidence...'
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