A photograph of Specialist Hypnobirthing Instructor, Lara Mitchell

Hello, my name is Lara and I live in the beautiful Worcestershire countryside with my two teenage boys and our Cockerpoo, Molly. Ever since I was little I have been drawn towards birth, little people and their families, and so it was only natural that this
would then become my chosen career.

This began at age 18, when I attended a prestigious college near to Reading to train to become a living breathing Mary Poppins which I loved every second of. Once qualified I worked as a private nanny in London and the Cotswolds.

I then returned to Worcestershire to start my own family, and during that time I worked at a large Early Years Centre in Worcester. I managed the large Baby Care Department within the centre, alongside a team of Nursery Nurses and working within safeguarding.
I loved putting the families at ease and supporting them with the transition back to work and in nurturing their baby.

In 2018 I began studying a full time degree with the National Childbirth Trust called 'Birth and Beyond' at The University of Worcester, and here I became qualified as a Postnatal Practitioner, Baby Massage Teacher and a Birth Doula.

During my time of studying, I have had the honour
of supporting women and their birth partners at both Worcester Royal Hospital and on the postnatal ward at Birmingham Women's Hospital. I have spent time discussing birth with partners and getting a sense of their perspective of pregnancy and birth, as well as supporting them with their feeding choices - gaining an in depth knowledge into life postnatally, for a couple and their baby.

I am in complete awe of women and their innate ability to birth their baby. I am really passionate about hypnobirthing and how it can help women overcome fear and anxiety, leading to a woman feeling she has choice and is in control of her
birth and her body.

Whatever direction birth takes a woman, whether
it is in a pool or an emergency caesarean, there is always a place for hypnobirthing to empower and
to lead to a positive experience.

TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS

1995

  • NNEB Nanny/Nursery Nurse, Chiltern Nursery Training College in Berkshire
  • NVQ Level 3 Childhood Studies

  • 2015

  • Certificate in Achieving Team Excellence
  • Introduction to the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Raising Awareness of Abuse and Neglect within Early Years

  • 2016

  • Level Three Child Protection
  • Certificate - DLS: Thinking the Unthinkable and Doing the Right Thing
  • CMI Diploma in Management (QCF)
  • Holistic Play Development Training
  • Weaning Workshop

2019

  • NCT Physical Skills with Confidence 2019

  • 2020 - PRESENT

  • LGBTq Competency Workshop,
    The Queer Birth School
  • Beyond Bea - Exploring Baby Loss
    and Bereavement Care
  • The Little Birth Company Complete
    Hypnobirthing Programme
  • Foundation Degree, Birth and Beyond -
    Worcester University (the only university
    accredited qualification when it comes to antenatal/postnatal care)
  • Postnatal Practitioner, Birth Doula &
    Baby Massage Teacher
  • Aromatherapy for Childbirth online course