Hello, I’m Emiliana!
I created The Mindful Birth Group® because of the clear need for an unbiased, personalised approach to pregnancy and postnatal education and support.
Going right back to the beginning- It all started in 2014 with my first pregnancy and preparation for Mollie’s birth. I knew immediately after her birth that I wanted to train to support families as there was so much lacking in terms of personalisation and inclusivity for all choices.
I found myself hearing time and time again from new parents at baby groups about how they felt so let down by their birth preparation courses, particularly hypnobirthing and NCT. I know these are courses many people choose to take, but it’s what I was hearing (and continue to hear) so I felt compelled to do something about it. Especially with the midwife staffing crisis getting worse year on year.
As soon as my second child Theo was born I left my corporate marketing career behind and The Mindful Birth Group® was officially born.
After I gave birth to Theo, I offered to be a surrogate for one of my best friends. While I was having my two babies, Sophie and her husband Jack were struggling with fertility issues. It became clear she wouldn’t be able to carry her baby, so I offered to do it for her. Leo is Sophie & Jack’s genetic baby, I was just the oven! Baby Leo was born in March 2020 during lockdown- it was quite the finale!
When we were deciding the best way to meet Leo, we all decided a planned caesarean abdominal birth would be how we would all feel calmest. With the pandemic layered on top, we all needed the planned element to make this a positive experience.
I had given birth to my two babies at home, so this was quite difficult for lots of people to get their heads around! But this only made me more determined to provide birth preparation for people that educated them on all of their options and fully supported them in their choices.
I used my Mindful Natal® tools and techniques throughout Leo’s birth too, and it was equally as incredible as my previous home births. You can read all about the surrogacy story here.
After my own experiences and years of teaching courses to first time parents, solo mums, surrogate families, LGBTQ+ families, traumatised families from previous births, I could clearly see there was a desperate need for inclusive birth education, that prepared parents from all backgrounds and experiences, for all eventualities.
So, I wrote the Mindful Natal® course to be inclusive of every birth preference and every path to parenthood and support parents throughout pregnancy and beyond the birth.
The team of incredible teachers who now teach the courses alongside me are equally as passionate about inclusivity and individualised decision making and support.
This is what makes Mindful Natal® courses so unique.
If you would like to read my full birth stories, click here: Mollie’s home birth, Theo’s home birth, Leo’s surrogacy planned abdominal birth.
I am also a Birth Bliss Academy accredited birth and postnatal doula. Being a doula also hugely informs the antenatal and postnatal course content as ‘being on the ground’ and seeing the reality is what is so important when it comes to preparing parents for birth and beyond.
In 2020 I made the decision to invite other teachers into The Mindful Birth Group®, mainly because people were asking me how they could join! I was also finding I could not meet the demand of the enquiries I was receiving as the word started spreading.
The rest is history and we now have Mindful Natal® teachers all over the country, teaching our trusted 5* rated course syllabus as independent business owners. We support them with marketing their business’ and being a part of the incredible supportive teacher team too.
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