Hello! I'm Leonie Darch and welcome to Happy Healthy Babies.
I live in the beautiful Village of Claverdon in Warwickshire with my husband and two (not to small) children. I love coffee, chocolate and running and when I am not teaching hypnobirthing you will find me pounding the pavements of Claverdon.
I have been teaching Hypnobirthing since 2011 after gaining my Professional Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Counselling and going on to study Hypnobirthing, Antenatal Education and Reproductive Health. My teaching approach breaks away from the old stigma of hippy and alternative practices and embraces evidence based techniques and education that will give you control over whatever happens during your labour and birth, leaving you feeling positive and proud of your experience. In 2016 I completed my Doula training with Liliana Lammers and Michel Odent and more recently I have trained with Kicki Hansard at the Birth Bliss Doula Academy.
Why do I teach Hypnobirthing?
Because I did it! I felt it and I vowed to help other couples experience birth as the positive experience that it really can be! Birth is unpredictable and there is often a misconception that birth must be textbook and perfect to be positive. I am here to show you how you can control every turn of your labour and birth and experience the right birth for you on the day.
You can read my full story from pre-conception to parenthood, the bumps in the road and the endorphin highs and why I chose to make birth my passion here
Since 2011 I have made birth my business, working alongside other practitioners and NHS maternity services to represent the pregnant family and campaigning to make birth rights a priority. In the UK we have incredible choice about our births, where we can birth and who supports us, but with choice comes anxiety and I will help you makes sense of these decisions.
I am Chair Person of the Warwickshire Pregnancy and Birth Network and I am a User Representative on the South Warwickshire Foundation Trust NHS Maternity Voice Partnership. Please do get in touch if you would like to know more about the role of these two organisations in Warwickshire.
Experience and skills are important when choosing the right hypnobirthing teacher or doula but equally so is rapport and connection. My (virtual) door is always open so please give me a call on 07930 830130 to chat or ask any questions that you may have.
Qualifications, Accreditations and Affiliations
Qualifications and Accreditations
The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme
The General Hypnotherapy Register
The Warwickshire Pregnancy and Birth Network
South Warwickshire Maternity Voices Partnership
The Doula Association