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Instructor Hannah  Gerken

Hannah Gerken

Email: hannah@reframingbirth.co.uk

Telephone: 07452974035

Mobile: 07452974035

Website: www.reframingbirth.co.uk

Address: Hastings, Bexhill, Eastbourne, Rye, Battle & Surrounding Areas of East Sussex

Hi! I'm Hannah, most people call me Han. I live and work in Hastings and surrounding areas of East Sussex.

I am a qualified midwife, hypnobirthing teacher and social media lead at the Little Birth Company, as well as a trained mindful breastfeeding practitioner. I have experience working in mental health and offer a debriefing service. I am also trained in supporting pregnancy and birth after loss.

I am passionate about birth and that you can do IT, whatever your IT is, no matter how your baby gets out. I have seen far too many women and men petrified of the prospect of having a baby. It shouldn't be this way. I know why it happens, you aren't being effectively supported or educated. That can be changed. I am a firm believer that no matter what happens during your birth experience. It is all about your mindset. Knowledge is power and you are the boss. I hate the current state of the maternity system, trust me, I have to bite my tongue ALL the time when I see how some birthing people are treated. But you aren't just a family going through the system, you are a family seeking a birth which changes your life.

​I aim to be accessible to anyone wishing to be supported on this incredible journey to becoming a parent. I will visit you in your home, where you feel most relaxed, or in the lovely Younique Wellbeing Studios in Bexhill, if you would prefer.

I offer a variety of classes, including Hypnobirthing and Antenatal Classes, Pregnancy Relaxation, Positive Caesarean Workshops, Birth Choices Workshops, A Debriefing Service and Breastfeeding Support. I teach all my courses on a 1-1 basis and some in groups, in the comfort of your own home or online, at a date and time that suits you. Visit my page to see my upcoming classes.

Please do get in touch if you have any questions, it would be great to chat with you!

Han x


Testimonials about Hannah Gerken

18.08.2020 Steph

Would definitely recommend Hannah and her hypnobirthing classes. I was very dubious about doing hypnobirthing classes, didn’t think it was for me but gave it a go just to see and I can honestly say, it was the best decision I made. It helped me so much during my labour and birth of my twins. Hannah taught me to stay relaxed by using the breathing exercises etc, which was extremely useful in keeping me calm and focused and don’t think my labour would have gone as smoothly without using her techniques :). If anyone is contemplating hypnobirthing, I would highly recommend Hannah’s classes.

Thanks again :)

Steph x

18.08.2020 Dan

As a father-to-be/birthing partner, we want to support our loved ones as they go through the difficult process of labour. When my wife mentioned that she wanted to try Hypnobirthing, my mind filled with ideas of incense, yoga, and mental imaginings of fields with flowers and buttercups. How wrong I was!

From the very first session with Hannah, I was reassured that this process was going to provide us with tools and strategies to help us both get through labour. It was informative, honest, and research led, and with Hannah, a trained midwife as our coach, it was refreshing to have an honest perspective on labour. Every question asked, no matter how big or small, was met with a detailed and thorough (and professional) response and really helped us prepare - so much so, we are both (oddly) looking forward to the process.

Hannah has also been a real support, and her friendly manner, has really helped to ensure that our experience has been incredible! I am so happy I was wrong with my initial impressions and would, without any hesitation or doubt, recommend Hannah and/or hypnobirthing to anyone - fathers to be included!

15.07.2020 Lucy

Hannah's advice and support throughout the course and my pregnancy has been absolutely invaluable! Having previously suffered a miscarriage we were very anxious about what to expect, but we have finished the course feeling absolutely in control and calm about our baby arriving. We feel totally prepared to deal with any eventuality and can comfortably say we are actually looking forward to the delivery of our baby, knowing we have the knowledge and tools we need to remain calm and in control! We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Hannah to any expectant parents!! â¤â¤

02.07.2020 Romy

When I was pregnant lin 2018, I reached out to Hannah online, even though I live far away from where she is based, I was able to get tips and she provided me with caring and motivational words which helped me a lot right before AND after giving birth. It was a whole process for me personally, and I would recommend Hannah highly to anyone who is able to reach out to her!

21.06.2020 Laura

Although I didn't have a very long established labour before I had a c section, your advice and hypnobirthing methods made it the most beautiful experience I've ever had in my life time. I had all the control over my labour pressure with the breathing techniques and audio files. You were with me the whole way through. I haven't thanked you properly but you gave me more than you could ever know. You gave me the opportunity to labour in the first place by empowering me in taking a firm stance in my clinical care that I recieved. I owe you so much ðŸ˜˜


I first found out about hypnobirthing a while back from a friend who had not long had a baby. I couldn't quite get my head around hearing such a positive account... I've only heard the horror stories and the warnings everyone likes to share with you! I had never heard about someone talk about their birth in such a way. She said "she'd do it again 100 times over" if she could. Then when I found out I was pregnant, I looked straight into hypnobirthing. Personally, I think it gives back to woman what has been taken from them and by shifting away from preconceptions, you go back to the beauty of how mother nature intended it to be. I felt so empowered, so in control and confident in my own body's ability to do the job. Although there was no way around having to have a c section (which I was terrified and dead against having from my first one) I learned that if it was to happen, how to accept it and let go of the fear I held. Because of all this, there's not one part of my birth that I regret or wish it had been different. It was perfection in every way and was looked after so well at the Conquest Hospital in Hastings. The midwives and consultants fully embraced and suppprted that I was hypnobirthing and my birth plan was respected fully. I hope by me retelling my experience to any of my mummy to be friends or anyone that will listen that they can reframe birth too and have the experience they deserve and will cherish forever, as I do.


 

07.06.2020 Bethanna

I would absolutely recommend Hannah and her courses. She is so mindful of wanting to create resources for women and couples who are expecting a baby that promote a positive experience of birth, whatever that might look like and how to care for yourself both during pregnancy, labour and beyond.

Hannah went above and beyond in providing information for me when I was trying to decide on a birth plan (I had previously had a caearean and wanted to try for a natural bith, on top of which I had gestational diabetes), I had previously written some options off but she helped me to find resources and get educated in my options and encouraged me the whole way through.

I also did her four week relaxation course during pregnancy which was amazing and perfect thing to help focus, be mindful and relax in the lead up to my labour. Hannah was and is always available, even now that I have had my baby she still reaches out to encourage me and check that I am well. I was also lucky enough to have her be part of my aftercare in the hospital where she was brilliant in so many ways.

I wholeheartedly recommend her and her courses.

19.05.2020 Jo

Jo took the Reframe Your Birth Mini course, with the aim of finding some practical ways of supporting her in a positive birth. Chester is her rainbow baby, 4th birth, and 2nd VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean) and I think you'll agree that she is an absolute superwoman! She stuck with her instincts, declining induction and trusting in her body. Huge well done Jo, I am over the moon for you!

 

I think this was the moment where I realised just how big this baby is and how amazing the birthing body is when left to do what it needs to do.

So, my take away from this birth so far is the following:

Regular, close contractions don't always happen. My active labour contractions were 20-30 minutes apart and excruciating. I only called triage because the pain felt like labour. By the time we finished the car journey to hospital, they were on top of each other, but still irregular. I was 6cm. Baby arrived soon after. Hip rotating on knees throughout was essential for moving this baby down and out. Any other position was excruciating.

I reached transition where that familiar feeling of "I can't do this" bobbed about in my mind, but I didn't entertain it because I knew I would and had before.

A good midwife asks what position you labored your other babies in and lets you lead...despite not being able to commit to vbac continuous monitoring in the process.

A good midwife doesn't need to examine you to see how you're progressing, she can read your labour pattern and responds appropriately.

In short, I declined all methods of post date interventions, went into labour spontaneously and had a midwife who pretty much left me to it until it came to getting that big head out. Then she helped guide my way verbally with praise and encouragement. He was born with a large head circumference and hand up to his face. There were no tears because there was no panic.

The best second vbac I could ever have asked for followed by a peaceful post natal recovery where I was left to breastfeed in peace and follow my instincts.

 
 
 
 

29.04.2020 Katie and Aaron

I had already decided I wanted to do hypnobirthing when I discovered I had an underlying condition that would make me high risk - I thought this meant all was lost and there go my peaceful birth plans! Hannah was amazing at making me see this wasn't true and made sure I was informed and calm all the way. Practical information for your birth and calming guided meditations. Thanks so much Hannah - couldnt have done it without you xxx

29.04.2020 Natalie

Just finished four weeks of pregnancy relaxation via Zoom and so sad it has ended. What a great four weeks it has been. Hannah is so good and really helps to prepare you for birth in the most calming way. Thanks so much Hannah! Would definitely recommend ðŸ™ðŸ¼ðŸ’›

29.04.2020 Becky

Thank you so much for the sessions they have been really beneficial and I can honestly say I definitely feel I am looking forward to birthing our baby now!

29.04.2020 Livi

I was induced in the end, the pessary when in at about 4:15pm and then contractions started from about and hour after. They we getting a lot stronger quite quickly but they didn’t believe me that I was in labour. About 11:30pm I said to the midwife that they were really strong and she said no you’ll be ages yet lol. So went for a bath to try and help at 1am and I said to them I feel like I need to push so I got out and my waters broke on the bathroom floor and her head was there minutes later and just about got back to my room to deliver her! Only took about 4 pushes and she was here. So I guess I had no pain relief like I want too! ðŸ™ˆ but she was all worth it! I’ll just know for next time and know what to expect a bit more. Thank you again for everything â˜ºï¸ðŸ’–

26.04.2020 Florence

Thanks to Hannah, having a baby during this time was less scary and we felt as prepared as we could. Although Hannah made us feel completely prepared for the birth that we planned, we also felt prepared when the labour didn’t quite go as we expected. Although it was a quick and intense labour, I never felt scared and never thought I couldn’t do it. That’s all down to the work we put in with Hannah in her sessions, and the confidence and knowledge she gave my partner on how to guide and support me throughout the pregnancy and labour. Hannah supported us not only through the sessions but was ALWAYS available to answer any questions we had and regularly encouraged us to get in contact with her - especially as Covid was causing a lot of changes to our birth plan and our post-labour journey that we needed to adapt to in the last few weeks before the birth of our daughter. Without Hannahs help our birth story would have been very different and we will forever be grateful for her knowledge and constant encouragement.

26.04.2020 Harry

I realised through the sessions with Hannah that hypnobirthing was really about preparing us mentally, emotionally, physically and practically. The sessions were packed with information that helped to ease any fears we had and guide us through the latter stages of pregnancy, labour and post-labour too. I also realised that I had a role during labour and I wasn’t necessarily surplus to requirements. I felt even closer to my birth partner and was in awe of what she (and we) achieved.

21.04.2020 Alice & Tom

Thanks to Hannah, my husband and I went into our sons labour with full confidence and with the right knowledge. She gave us information and reassurance to what to expect, and to expect the unexpected! Her aura was so gentle and peaceful, plus she really knew her field of expertise! I never heard of Hypnobirthing and recommend it to any new parents to be. Especially with Hannah! Fortunately we were able to see Hannah hours after our son was born, as she was working on a shift, so pleased she got to meet baby Edward. We can’t thank her enough for putting us both at ease and making us excited for the labour itself rather than dreading it xx

21.04.2020 Ellie & Tom

My husband and I feel fully prepared after a fantastic session with Hannah. She was brilliant; she personalised the session to our needs and was helpful, knowledgeable and supportive. We are excited for our birth experience and feel confident in dealing with whatever path it takes. Thank you Hannah!

21.04.2020 Caroline & Adam

As soon as we attended Hannah's introductory session we felt more positive about the birth. We booked a course after that and had a couple of private sessions. Hannah was very flexible to fit in with what we needed. She gave us loads of information and resources to help during the pregnancy and labour. I was able to stay relaxed for labour and ended up having a natural water birth. My husband and I went to normal ante natal classes too but the hypnobirthing felt more positive and gave us a different perspective. Would recommend to all pregnant ladies 

21.04.2020 Caz & James

Hannah has been amazing and so patient with me over the last 8 months. I couldn't have got through this pregnancy without her. Still waiting for baby to arrive (less than a week until due date😬) but I feel so much calmer and more positive about the birth than when I first found out I was pregnant. I can honestly say this is down to the support and knowledge from Hannah. Even my partner is surprised at how much he has learnt through the sessions and being able to do this from the comfort of your own home is an added bonus! Thank you so much for everything! I couldn't recommend you enough! Everyone needs a Hannah throughout their pregnancy! ðŸ¥°

21.04.2020 Daniella

I would 100% recommend Hannah! I had a 1:1 relaxation session, I was a little nervous to begin with but she made me feel really relaxed straight away and I feel like the breathing techniques will be very helpful in labour, practicing them made me feel really calm and I will definitely be practicing every day. Hannah has also gone that little bit further after our session to send me photos and links to help me out further! Thank you so much! I really appreciate it!! xxx

09.04.2020 Lily & Daisy

We completed our Hypnobirthing classes with Hannah a couple of weeks ago. I was lucky enough to sit in with my Sister who is expecting her first baby very soon. Hannah is such a calming & beautiful woman. So patient with our many questions! We learnt so much, such invaluable information not just for birth but for everyday life too! As my sisters birthing partner I learnt so much about how I can best support my sister which for me was so helpful & absolutely priceless infomation.

Thank you so much Hannah! So grateful for our time with you & being in your calming presence xxx

24.09.2019 Eleanor & Rickey

We were so lucky to have the expertise, guidance and calming influence of Hannah in the lead up to our birth.

I was impressed that she responded so promptly to my initial enquiry about offering support with hypnobirthing and was grateful to her for her flexibility in offering a range of different times to set up a 3-hour appointment in our home to discuss this with us.

In the event, because our baby was in a breech position, Hannah kindly offered to split the workshop into two halves, the first discussing hypnobirthing and creating a positive birth experience with the second to be adapted to the outcome of further scans and procedures at the hospital.

Despite having an ECV, our baby didn’t turn so we were informed we would need to have a caesarean. Hannah then spent the second session putting our minds at ease about what to expect from a caesarean and also answering our questions about our birth plan and breastfeeding.

Not only was she supportive during the two face to face sessions, Hannah also provided additional advice and signposting via email and demonstrated a genuine desire to be there to offer further guidance should we need it going forwards.

We can’t thank Hannah enough for being such a positive part of our journey towards becoming parents for the first time!

24.09.2019 Zarah & Nick

Hannah was amazing during our hypnobirthing course and has fully prepared us for any eventuality that may happen when I go into labour, after having a traumatic first labour Hannah was exactly what I needed to feel in control and confident for it this time round.
Hannah was always easy to talk to, prepared for our sessions and able to answer any questions we had in regards to pregnancy and labour.
I am so grateful to have been able to do this course and highly recommend it to anyone.

20.07.2019 Kristelle & Ollie

Hannah was amazing! We feel fully prepared since doing the course with her. She was very professional and so easy to talk to. We felt very much at ease discussing the birth with her and she answered all our silly questions. Thank you Hannah  X

18.07.2019 Chelsea & Harry

I cannot thank Hannah enough for all she has done! Childhood friends- she has supported me throughout my whole pregnancy. With only 8 weeks to go I feel so at ease with the whole experience to come. 
The hypnobirthing is 100% something to consider, every session is different and you fully understand what’s going on! You can discuss and plan your birthing plan without feeling judged or guided to do something your not comfortable with. 
All options are provided to yourself with photos and demonstrations so your fully involved & living the moment. 
Hannah is an amazingly talented woman and I wouldn’t want anyone else going through this experience with myself & my partner.

For all you anxious Mumma’s out there, please give Hannah a message because it’s an amazing opportunity you would hate to miss out on and the best thing about it is your partner is also involved within the whole session! 
HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!

14.05.2019 Amy

I cannot recommend Hannah enough. My birth wasn’t how I planned at all infact nothing was to plan. If you asked me to sum it up in one word. Empowering is definitely the best I can think off. Even when everything goes how it shouldn’t your body and mind copes as your safety for your baby is such a natural desire. I wanted this calm therapeutic birth and ended up with none of it and being rushed into theatre but either way there is no right or wrong way. I still had the calm, in control and safe birth I wanted and got a beautiful happy healthy baby. Thank you so much xx

10.05.2019 Hannah & Tom

We loved hypnobirthing with Hannah! She's extremely knowledgeable and a great person to talk through any thoughts or concerns with. We learnt a lot and finished the course feeling much clearer and confident about the options available. She has a very calming presence and we found ourselves really looking forward to each meeting - especially the lovely guided relaxation at the end. I'm so glad and grateful we had the chance to begin our journey as parents in such a positive way and would recommend it to anyone.

05.05.2019 Hamah & Ben

I would absolutely recommend Hannah. This was our second baby and so we wanted an antenatal and hypnobirthing refresher, having done something similar three years ago. Hannah came to our house, which was great, and the whole session made us feel really prepared, focused and empowered. I’m sure the longer courses would be even more beneficial but this worked perfectly for us in later pregnancy. We really utilised all the course materials and relaxations in the run up to labour, too. Thank so much Hannah!

04.04.2019 Sophie & Simon

My partner and I have had a great time with Hannah doing the full Hypnobirthing Course. This has really prepared us for the birth of our first baby and empowered us to cope with whatever happens and remain calm.


Personally I now feel excited, ready and know I am capable! 


Hannah is so passionate in what she does and it really comes across. She is so knowledgeable and wise beyond her years. She made each session personal to our needs/feelings and went above and beyond. 


Thank you so much.


We would highly recommend doing one of Hannah's courses. 

04.03.2019 Sarah & Pod

What a lovely afternoon Ive had with the wonderful Hannah from @reframingbirth on her 'Reframe your birth mini course' which I won at Christmas. We chatted for 2.5 hours covering all aspects of hypnobirthing, relaxation, breathing, how my body works and birth choices to name a few topics. Combined with the knowledge I had already got from The Positive Birth Book and Hannah's website, I feel totally prepared for any eventually when it comes to our big day. It's such a lovely feeling knowing she is on hand to help me with any questions or support I might need going forward and I feel honoured to have my own personal midwife and new friend to share this magical experience with. I would highly recommend anyone to get in touch with her, especially if you have any fears or concerns about birth. Birth is not something to be afraid of but sometimes we just need that bit or reassurance and support. Thanks so much Hannah X X X X 

12.02.2019 Sam

Tonight I had the pleasure of talking to Hannah from @reframingbirth about breastfeeding. She offered some great tips and advice for a beginner such as myself! We discussed all sorts from positive affirmations and relaxation to how to express and store breast milk. I have found it very educational and hopefully it’ll be a big help to me when Lottie is here now that I know more about what is happening and how to breastfeed. Hannah also specialises in hypnobirthing sessions too which I think is an amazing way to get into the right mindset ready for labour!

20.01.2019 Kirsty

A massive thank you to Hannah, I have so enjoyed this course. Hannah is very supportive, informative, calm, approachable and welcoming. She was super patient with me, and helped sort out any fears I have. Hannah always answered any questions and nothing was off limits! She also didn’t laugh or make me feel silly when I had daft questions. I feel so much more prepared and happy with any choices that I need to make in this journey. I would 100% recommend Hannah and this hypnobirth course to anyone. As a first time mummy it’s been amazing! THANK YOU SO MUCH. ðŸ’•

03.01.2019 Catherine

I'm so happy I chose Hannah for my Anternatal class during my pregnancy. Hannah is an excellent teacher and made it very easy to understand the unknown for a first time mum to be and makes you feel reassured during a very anxious time. 
Even when I was in hospital at 39 weeks due to hyperemesis and I was due to be induced, I emailed Hannah for reassurance and after several emails forth and back, she then went out of her way to come visit me on the ward and put me at ease during a very anxious and stressful time. I can't thank you enough for the support you gave me. 
You are amazing!!! 

16.12.2018 Louise

After having a previous birth with no idea what was coming and feeling like everything was being decided for me, seeing Hannah has made me feel extremely positive about my next birth next month. Very professional friendly, calming and helpful. I’m looking forward to using what I have learnt for my home birth in January. My other half, also birthing partner, said he felt like he learnt a lot more than he expected as he wasn’t sure what to expect. Thank you again Hannah!!

02.12.2018 Franki & Ant

I can't recommend Hannah for her hypnobirthing course enough. We went for the Skype course due to my husband working funny shifts and it was a lovely relaxed way to learn all Hannah had to teach us whilst still feeling personal. Hannah is very friendly and always willing to help with any questions you have, I had a few! When it came time for me to put all that hypnobirthing knowledge into action it really helped and I managed to use only hypnobirthing techniques as pain relief and also used BRAINS when we needed it afterwards making my birth exactly what I had hoped it would be.It also really helped my husband prepare for his role as birth partner and during my labour he was incredible, he was very sceptical to start with, Hannah worked her magic on him and totally got him on board and now he's a total convert.

20.09.2018 Amy & Craig

It's very weird, like at the time, the skills you shared with me weren't in my mind but especially when they were asking me to relax to put the spinal on, I knew how to breathe to relax the most, and went to my little pool in my mind to get me through the hustle and bustle of getting prepped for the surgery. Very different to how I imagined having to use those skills but so effective nonetheless xxx

09.09.2018 Jo

My vbac with Percy was so intense it was traumatizing. So I approached Hannah about preparing for this one with some hypnobirthing. I could not have managed such fast-paced, intense contractions again without those breathing methods. Plus my relaxation guides really helped me to put my past traumatic births behind me and focus on this one anew. Hypnobirthing...it works!

09.08.2018 Tillie

Thinking about giving birth is really overwhelming and can be scary, but Hannah explains it all in such a way that it removes the fear and makes you feel fully empowered. Talking through every scenario as well as learning the Hypno birthing techniques allowed me have the confidence communicate exactly what I needed and wanted throughout my pregnancy, birth and postnatal care, from health professionals to family.thank you so much for helping me in the lead up to my second child's birth. I was more scared this time round than last but having Hannah on my team pretty much diminished the fear.

Hannah's Birth Stories

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The Birth of Henry

Positive Induction Story!

18 August, 2020

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Positive Unplanned Caesarean - Sian's Story

I have always been adamant if I were to have a baby I would want a home birth. Since losing my dad as a teenager hospitals and medical situations have made me especially anxious, how I ended up married to a paramedic is beyond me!

18 August, 2020

Positive Birth Story - Tash's Homebirth

It couldn’t have been more perfect if I’d tried! My midwives were amazing, my birth partner was fab and Freddie is just perfect!

24 May, 2020

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A Positive Induction - The Birth of Teddy

Chelsea had some twists and turns during her labour, but she still had a positive experience.

19 May, 2020

A Planned Caesarean with Twins - The Birth of Maisie and Delilah

Hypnobirthing works for planned caesareans, too!

19 May, 2020

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An Unplanned Caesarean - The Birth of Arthur

A change of plan, well navigated using hypnobirthing.

19 May, 2020

Tillie's Birth Story

took several baths in the early stages of labour (I love water) and put the hypnobirthing recordings on to 'get into the zone'.

19 May, 2020

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Waterbirth During A Pandemic - The Birth of Hugo

Daisy shows that if you put your mind to it, you CAN do it!

29 April, 2020

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Positive Birth During Covid-19: Alison's Story

I arrived at midday on Wednesday to go to the Covid 19 isolation maternity ward to be induced...

09 April, 2020

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