If you have questions, would like more information or if you'd like to make a booking please either drop Zana an email or text/call using the following details:
If you're pregnant it's useful if you can add your due date and the area in which you live. Thank you.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Courses/classes/workshops can take place privately in person or online.
In-person classes are either held in the comfort of your own home, or at Zana's home which is near Totton, Hampshire, UK.
Private WOW! Hypnobirthing courses may also be held at Barbara's home, near Romsey, Hampshire.
I’m Zana (rhymes with banana, if you’re not sure how to pronounce it!) and I’m the person behind most of what’s offered by Birthing with Confidence. I also work with my colleague, Barbara Wyant, offering our own independent WOW! Hypnobirthing course that we developed together.
We are two well-qualified and highly experienced antenatal educators with a passion for helping you feel better about birth as well as skilled to deal with it. If you want to read the longer version, please continue below! If reading all that looks a bit daunting, you're very welcome to talk to me and ask me anything you like about my background and professional experience. I believe both mine and Barbara’s qualifications and experience are comprehensive and robust, and I’m proud and delighted to share them with you. So here's the long version....!
I have two children (not so much “children” anymore) and due to how I felt during and after my first baby’s birth, I made very different choices when pregnant with my second baby. Having experienced first-hand how finding out more and doing things differently could have such a positive impact on my 2nd baby’s birth, I decided to train as an antenatal teacher to help others have the same opportunities to learn and choose.
My original training was with NCT. The course was then the most comprehensive and robust available, taking 3 years to complete and later becoming university-validated at Level 5. It prepared me to design and provide responsive, bespoke classes for groups and individuals rather than to follow a fixed agenda. I am qualified to teach about all types of birth and the skills that will help you through, as well as to help you adjust and navigate your way through those early days and weeks with your new baby.
My private antenatal classes and workshops are usually experiential so you and your birth partner approach birth feeling skilled, calm and confident, as well as knowledgeable. I listen carefully and respond to any concerns or questions you might have, tailoring your course to suit you.
I added my hypnobirthing certificate in 2012, attained from an RCM (Royal College of Midwives) accredited course. Barbara and I undertook that training together and we have now combined all our skills and expertise from more than 20 years each to bring you our very own independent hypnobirthing course that we've called WOW! Hypnobirthing (and do feel free to ask us, "Why WOW!?"). We are currently offering our course privately, in person or online, during the pandemic.
Some years ago, whilst teaching antenatal classes mainly for NCT, I decided that a Certificate in Counselling would be useful to support my work with groups of new parents, but then I became intrigued and decided to continue with professional training to qualify as a Counsellor. I’m now an accredited Counsellor and have had my own private practice since qualifying in 2010. Whilst I work with adults who bring a wide variety of concerns, I (not surprisingly!) specialise in offering counselling for pregnancy, birth and parenting-related concerns. I have also trained in Rewind Technique and EFT to help release difficult feelings connected to challenging or traumatic experiences. For safety, I incorporate these approaches within a counselling setting.
I have attended numerous update days, study days, conferences and training in addition to all the above during the last 20+ years. If you want to know anything about my training, qualifications or experience you are very welcome to ask.
During any spare time, I enjoy pottering in the garden, walking in the forest, music, creativity, cooking good food and sampling the odd glass of wine or real ale! I’m also getting used to being owned by a cat that adopted my partner and I during lockdown.