Wendy Wood

Wendy Wood

Co Owner, Hypnobirthing Instructor & Midwife

Meet Wendy

Hey I am Wendy a former Midwife, Hypnobirthing Instructor, Doula and also co founder of The Little Birth Company. I am Mum to Charlie & Alfie and married to Paul. Born and bred in Manchester I’ve been living down South since I qualified as a Midwife in 1997.. 

I started off my career in the birth world by following my childhood dream and training as a Midwife back in the 90s.

Following 3yrs training I worked as a Midwife at a busy Maternity Unit in Berkshire for the bulk of my Midwifery Career. Supporting pregnant and birthing families has and always will be my passion however my day job saw me venturing done the path of sexual health where I managed the sexual health outreach team for the NHS for over 11 years.

During the years and in between having my own two children, both incredibly positive experiences, I couldn’t help but reflect on the frequent traumatic journey’s to birth that I witnessed on so many occasions. A year stint of some Midwifery shifts after the birth of my first son in 2009 was to change my life and my direction.

I was so lucky to support a couple who were using Hypnobirthing for the birth of their first child. I was blown away by the events that unfolded in front of me. The woman was strong and powerful yet calm and confident, supported by her birth partner who was confident and knowledgeable.

It wasn’t a surprise that shortly after this experience I trained as a Hypnobirthing Instructor. I have been supporting couples with Hypnobirthing now for almost 11 years, alongside training and working as a Doula and Birth Trauma Specialist.

11 years of running my own business has afforded me so many skills and so much knowledge of what it takes. 

I’m a dreamer BUT most importantly I put in the hours. Dreams don’t work if you don’t! For the 1st eight years of my business I worked it around our two young boys and my day job in the NHS working 30hrs a week. It was a juggle but it was non negotiable. I knew I didn’t want to stay in my day job. I craved the flexibility, to be my own boss, to have the creative license to build something I was passionate about. Most importantly, I wanted to create a life where I could be present for my boys, I wanted to be there! Drop offs, pick ups and school plays were always so stressful, I didn’t want to seek permission from my boss to be there for by family!

So I put the hours in CONSISTENTLY. No one was going to do this for me, why would they.

I have taught almost 500 couple’s Hypnobirthing during this time and have established myself in the area as a respected birth worker.

In 2018 I took the jump and left employment in the NHS after 25years! That was scary, but it was more scary to stay! It was quite a year. I had a hip replacement, opened a pregnancy and parenting venue in the area I live and co created The Little Birth Company with my wonderful friend and business partner Melissa Maloney.

Almost 3yrs later and The Little Birth Company is now one of the leading providers of Hypnobirthing education for parents and Hypnobirthing Instructor Training.  We have created an incredible team and continue to work to build a community that supports all birthing people and one that offers incredible support to its family of instructors.

 

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