My name is Maxine Da Silva I am an antenatal teacher and hypnobirthing practitioner and a hypnobirthing mum of three.
I offer hypnobirthing courses across North West Kent and Medway, including Gillingham, Rochester, Rainham, Chatham, Sittingbourne and beyond. I also cover parts of Essex.
I first came to hypnobirthing during my second pregnancy after experiencing a birth that left me feeling tired and questioning my capabilities as a birthing mother. I sought an answer and methods of giving birth that would offer me more control over my circumstances, knowledge and help me to feel more empowered. Hypnobirthing seemed to offer me all of these tools and more.
After much reading and research I decided the best way for me to fully utilise hypnobirthing was to book myself onto a course. To say it changed my outlook on pregnancy and birth is an understatement; my whole birth plan changed. I gave birth at home in a birthing pool in the middle of the day using essential oils, touch and the support of my amazing partner and two NHS midwives. As I sat nuzzling my newborn, I fondly remember my midwife saying my birth was “the most relaxed” she ever experienced. It was truly life changing. You can read my full birth story here.
My birth left me awed and empowered at the capabilities of women and how truly amazing our minds and bodies are. I wholly believe that hypnobirthing offers women a way to take control of their pregnancy and labour and offers them the opportunity to look back and feel positive about their birthing experience.
Having previously worked in education and child development, I see hypnobirthing as a natural extension of my path from pregnancy to birth and beyond. I have supported women postnatally through breastfeeding counselling and as a babywearing peer supporter for the local Sling Library, as well as supporting new mums after they have given birth in understanding what babies need, why and how to feel confident in your abilities as new parents. My other interests include practicing yoga, reading, upcycling furniture and taking my lovely mini schnauzer Morris for walks. I am also a Birth Network facilitator.
I look forward to meeting you on the course!
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What parents have to say about Maxine:
'Thank you Maxine for making everything so clear, and for making my husband understand his role. I’m looking forward to my baby's birth!'
‘I just wanted to let you know that our little girl was born this morning. It was a relatively quick, uncomplicated labour and I got the birthing pool, which was what I wanted! She’s a very calm and content little lady.’
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