Mindful Birthing               

  Mindfulness based childbirth and parenting courses ~ London and Surrey

About me - Ann Wood

My Journey
My enthusiasm for mindful birthing Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) and commitment to train as a course facilitator is based on my personal experience of using mindfulness whilst pregnant with my daughters.  Having practiced mindfulness for 17 years, I was curious to find out whether mindfulness might support me during this new chapter in my life. Whilst the MBCP course was not available here, in the UK when I was pregnant with my first daughter, I found the teachings of many mindfulness teachers including; Jon Kabat-Zinn, Myla Kabat-Zinn and Vidyamala Burch helpful in managing my anxieties, cope with birth and develop mindful parenting skills. However, during my second pregnancy I was very fortunate that ‘Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body, and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond’; had just been published.

I have worked within mental health services for the past 17 years; working both in the private sector and NHS. I qualified as a nurse (Bachelor of Nursing, University of Wales, Bangor) in 1999 and early on in my career discovered that mindfulness was helpful for the service users I was working and myself.  Ten years later, I embarked on a career change, and in 2009 I graduated with a BSc (Hons) Psychology at Cardiff University. I now work as an assistant psychologist on a low secure mental health unit and hope to train as a Clinical Psychologist when my children are a little older. Over the years, I have had many opportunities to teach and support others to develop mindfulness skills, both in individual sessions and group sessions.

I practice formal and informal mindfulness on a daily basis and attend regular day retreats. I subscribe to the Mindfulness Good Practice guidlenes around supervision and continuing professional development. Mindfulness provides me with both a philosophical and practical approach to keeping calm, present and aware of my thoughts and feelings.

Ann Wood, BN, BSc (Hons)

Foundations Course, Oxford University