My name is Vicki Hobbs and I live in Landsdale, which is in the northern suburbs of Perth.
My belief in hypnosis for pregnancy and childbirth, and helping women to eliminate the fear of birth set me on a path of learning, inspiring and believing in women and their ability to birth their baby the way they choose, not the way someone else wants them to birth.
I started my own business as a health care professional in 2004 and have been working with pregnant women since 2006.
My interest in the mind / body connection is what prompted me to become a highly qualified pregnancy and postnatal remedial massage specialist, hypnotherapist, hypnobirthing practitioner and birth doula so that I could help women create their best possible pregnancy, birth and beyond environment on all levels.
My extensive training provides me with the knowledge, skills and experience to treat women during all stages of their pregnancy, including high risk mums, and prepare them for a positive, calm birth.
Unfortunately I didn’t do any preparation for my first birth over 20 years ago. I felt it would be alright on the day and the less I knew the better. Due to undiagnosed pre-eclampsia, which then developed into eclampsia, I had a traumatic first birth, ending in an emergency caesarean at 32 weeks after fainting at the shopping centre.
While I was recovering in intensive care I wished I had done more to prepare myself to reduce the fear I felt and the negative feelings afterwards.
Fifteen years later, after extensive trying, failing and loss, I was blessed with my second daughter, and that was the most positive pregnancy and birth experience I could have hoped for.
I regularly had massage using essential oils to reduce the discomfort I was feeling in my muscles and joints as my belly grew, and I also trained in hypnobirthing, which changed the fear I had about pregnancy, birth and beyond.
Many of the women I work with today have been subjected to negative birth stories from other women, media and the TV. They have been conditioned to believe that excruciating pain is associated with labour; and because of this, some women today hold an overwhelming fear of giving birth.
This extreme fear causes their bodies to become tense, and that tension causes more pain and restricts their bodies from easily performing a normal physiological function, which then causes more fear and then you have the “fear-tension-pain” cycle as described by Dr. Grantly Dick-Read in his book Childbirth Without Fear. The result is exactly what women feared the most – long, painful birthing or unnecessary intervention.
My mission is to help your body prepare physically for your growing baby and reduce the pain and discomfort associated with pregnancy, while providing you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to have a calm and positive birth and to release and let go of fear. I truly believe that the mind, body, emotions and spirit all need to be in balance during pregnancy, labour, birth and beyond. My role is to help you get to and maintain that centre of being. If I am chosen as your doula I will guide and support you physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually during the most incredible journey that you will experience.
I am open and non-judgemental and will always listen to you and respect your birthing journey.
I look forward to working with you.