These little girls are the reason why I do what I do today – helping couples have a positive birth experience and early parenthood journey, and supporting women as they prepare for motherhood.
A beautiful and meaningful journey
My name is Saveria and I’m your pregnancy, birth and motherhood specialist.
‘Saveria’ is such an uncommon name that I have a domain name all to myself 🙂
I was born in a tiny French village of 300 inhabitants, went to a primary school where there were only 12 pupils (yes, 12 split into 4 years of primary school!) and yet felt that there was no sense of community and no support. (Amazingly and thankfully, things have changed massively in the last decade or so!)
I think this is why I am so passionate about continuity of care and support throughout pregnancy, birth and early parenthood, and about building a community of mums-to-be and mothers who support each other.
I am a warm, caring and intuitive woman, wife and mother of two (two daughters, one born in 2008 and the other in 2012) and I want to take you on one of the most beautiful and meaningful journeys you will ever experience, one where you will have someone by your side, no matter what, for bump, birth, baby and beyond.
It can be such a lonely and scary journey.
I don’t want this for you.
Instead, I want you to feel:
- cheered along
I have had a passion for helping women heal their past wounds, hurts and traumas and live a contented life for around 25 years. It is such an honour to have now done this for a living since 2011.
If Nesting Mums were an acronym, I would say it would be this:
- New life
- Maternal wisdom
What birth can be like
I first heard about birth doulas (professional birth companions) when I was pregnant with my first daughter, in a book called Blooming Birth, by Lucy Atkins and Julia Guderian, a doula, and I thought what a great job that must be (the book wasn’t about doulas, just pregnancy, and I had assumed it was a job for a privileged few, nothing I could train to become myself!) Then I forgot all about doulas for three years, consumed by early motherhood, its joys and its challenges, until I went on a women’s retreat and heard someone mention that she was a doula. I talked to her about her training and experience and a month later, I attended the Paramana Doula course and became a doula. This was in June 2011.
When I read Marie Mongan’s book HypnoBirthing a year later, I knew that I had to take the HypnoBirthing training course and become a practitioner – the perfect complement to my doula training!
Birth can be comfortable, peaceful and enjoyable, no matter what the circumstances are. I want every woman in the world to know this. Being a few weeks pregnant myself at the time, it made perfect sense to do the training while I could (i.e. before baby arrived!). And so I did.
My second daughter was born 6 months after my training, so I can say that I am a hypnobirthing mum. I experienced first-hand all the benefits of hypnobirthing and can honestly say that I don’t know how I would have coped with pregnancy with an active 3-year-old and with labour, and even less postnatally, without all the tools that hypnobirthing has to offer. For different reasons, I had a C-section for both my daughters, and I can testify to the many advantages of having done hypnobirthing because I can compare the two experiences very precisely – two daughters born in November by C-section, one without hypnobirthing and one with hypnobirthing (when I desperately wanted a VBAC and had planned a home birth (also known as a HBAC)). I am now even more passionate about this wonderful method and antenatal programme, and hope to spread the word about it further. (Read my full birth story here.)
Don’t be put off by the word ‘hypnosis’ – it is simply a state of very deep relaxation, the one we go into just before we go to sleep or when we’re engrossed in a book or film. With hypnobirthing, you learn to use many tools from a huge toolbox containing breathing techniques, relaxation techniques, affirmations, self-hypnosis and visualisations. You can find out more information about the Wise Hippo hypnobirthing here.
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to pregnancy, birth and motherhood. No programme can predict how your pregnancy and birth will unfold or guarantee a certain kind of birth for you, your baby and your partner. Rather, the programmes I offer empower you to make your own decisions when it comes to pregnancy, to where to birth, to how to birth, to how to look after your newborn and to how to mother, in the first few weeks, months and beyond.
I am here as a sounding board, to give you information, to direct you to interesting articles and research, to show you all the trust I have in you and your ability to give birth and to be the mother you want to be so that you can feel super good about how you make your decisions and about the decisions themselves.
Owning who you are as a person and who you may become as a mother is crucial. Strong with all the knowledge you will need to make those decisions, you can become the woman and mother you want to be. My classes, sessions and retreats will help you do that. And this is for the long term too. The techniques you will learn are for life. #toolsforlife is one of my favourite hashtags 🙂
You and your husband/partner will learn how to let go of your worries, concerns and most deep-seated fears, how to accept the unknown, how to ask questions, where to go for extra information and how to stay calm and relaxed so that, when labour starts, you are fully prepared and excited.
I can support you every step of the way from bump to birth to baby (yes, you can even call me on your big day if you have any questions!), and my therapy and healing garden studio at Nesting Mums can become your own nest of comfort, peace, relaxation, nurturing, support, care and healing, just for a session or two (sometimes all you need is a fear-release session, some relaxation and straight talking!), for a whole programme of antenatal classes or even for several weeks or months. I am passionate about continuity of care, so I want you to know that I am always here for you, whether it is now in pregnancy (or pregnancy-planning!) or later on in motherhood.
Passion for motherhood
Having had no practical or emotional support (apart from my husband’s, thankfully) in early motherhood, I am also passionate about helping you plan this period of your life as best you can and helping to celebrate it, so that you feel supported, nourished, nurtured and cared for. We have lost many rituals in our cultures in the West – I believe it is high time they were reintroduced.
I became a HypnoMothering™ practitioner in 2014 and have helped many women prepare for motherhood. I don’t teach this so much any more, but do feel free to enquire if you would like to attend this class.
I also offer Serene Motherehood for Mums sessions, as well as Mother Blessings, Birth Reclaiming Ceremonies and Closing the Bones Ceremonies, as ways of celebrating women as mothers-to-be and as mothers.
Since 2016, I have developed an interest in healing modalities, such as crystal therapy and Reiki, and am now a trained Reiki practitioner at Levels I and II (Holy Fire Reiki) – two more ways that I can help you, as part of an even more holistic approach to your treatment. See my relaxation and Reiki sessions here.
I specialise in trauma (including birth trauma and PTSD) because I love seeing women recover so quickly from issues that had felt so deep and irremediable, far too often for years or even decades. The techniques I use are safe and offer quick, effective and long-term resolution of any kind of trauma. I also specialise in helping women with emotional eating and body confidence issues, anxiety and stress because I know these issues very intimately, having suffered from all of them.
I am French and have been living in the UK for over 20 years, in the Oxfordshire area for 14. I qualified as a birth doula (professional birth companion) and postnatal doula (mum’s help) in 2011 (I trained with Michel Odent and Liliana Lammers on their Paramana Doula course) and as a HypnoBirthing™ practitioner (the Marie Mongan Method) in 2012. In 2014, I became a HypnoMothering™ practitioner, an IEMT practitioner (Integral Eye Movement Therapy) and finally a Professional and Clinical Hypnotherapist and an EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming™) practitioner. In 2015, I retrained as a hypnobirthing instructor with The Wise Hippo Ltd.
As part of my continuing professional development (CPD) and my own personal development, I read a wide variety of books and articles and I regularly attend seminars, workshops, lectures and courses, whether online or face to face:
- Reiki I and II with Sophie Messager (2017)
- The Doreen Virtue Certified Crystal Reader course (2017)
- The Sheila Granger Brain Training for Sugar Addiction Programme (2016)
- Closing the Bones (Ecuadorian abdominal massage, ceremony), with Sophie Messager (2016)
- The Mindfulness Summit (2015)
- The Sheila Granger Virtual Gastric Band Programme (2015)
- The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme and Prenatal Parenting (ex-Bond with Baby) training courses (2015)
- Hypnosis for IVF – Learn the essentials (with the Fertile Body Method) (2015)
- Mindfulness meditation 8-week course (2014)
- The Tongue Tie Workshop – What, Why and How?, with Maddie McMahon (2014)
- The Rebozo Workshop – Wrapped in Love, with Stacia Smales Hill (2013)
- Oxytocin – Tapping the hormone of calm, love and healing, with Kerstin Uvnäs Moberg (2013)
- Inspirational Birth Workshop, with Liz Nightingale (2011)
My hypnotherapy and NLP training was with Thoughtitude. The courses are run by June O’Driscoll and Geoff Rolls, who are valuable members of the trainer assisting teams for Richard Bandler (co-creator of NLP) and for Paul McKenna.
My Diploma in Professional and Clinical Hypnotherapy is validated by the General Hypnotherapy Register and the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (this means you can find my details on the GHR website and thus verify my qualifications) and I am licensed with the Society of NLP (founded by Richard Bandler). I am thus bound by the GHR and NLP Codes of Ethics.
I am also listed on the Hypnotherapy Directory (which checks all therapists’ credentials) and I am fully insured with Arthur J. Gallagher/Royal & Sun Alliance for all the therapies I provide.
A bit more about me…
- My mother tongue is French, I speak English fluently, my Italian is good but my Spanish is a bit rusty 🙂
- In another life, I was an editor and proofreader in educational publishing (mainly humanities and languages).
- I love reading, going to the cinema and theatre, photography, walking and cycling.
- I am a keen hatha yoga practitioner and meditator, and believe I bring my experiences in these fields into my interactions with clients – a kind, caring, attentive, mindful, stress-free, intuitive attitude to life and people.