Welcome to Marvel Birth
Hypnobirthing, Reflexology & Postnatal Doula Services
Finding out you are having a baby can totally blow your mind.
Where do you start?
What can help?
What do you do when you've had your baby?
Hi, I'm Catrine and I live in South East London. I'm a hypnobirthing teacher, doula & reflexologist & I would love to help you navigate your way on your incredible journey with practical information & a non judgmental ear. I can support your body and mind with relaxing reflexology treatments, teach you and your birth partner the tools and techniques of compassionate hypnobirthing for a positive birth. I can help you plan for your postnatal period and as your postnatal doula I can support you in person while you get to grips with the business of becoming a parent.
It's an amazing time, so give yourself the gift of individual support with a compassionate teacher and carer (that's me!).
I am here to help, just let me know what you need.
Nice to meet you, I'm Catrine. I live in South East London with my husband and two daughters.
I gave birth to my eldest in 2014 in hospital and my youngest at home in 2017. Both my birth experiences were amazing, life changing, positive experiences & since I had my last baby I have trained to support other families during this crazy, exciting time.
I've been a reflexologist for over 15 years, a hypnobirthing teacher for nearly four years and it never ceases to amaze me when people's perception of what birth & parenthood changes simply though getting informed and listening to their fears.
I trained as a reflexologist with Patricia Morrell, the founder and creator of Reflex Touch (a lighter reflexology technique). Since I qualified I have been lucky enough to have been resident reflexologist at the BBC Club at Broadcasting House and Television Centre, the YWCA Central Club in London, and I now offer mobile treatments in and around South East London, specialising in fertility, maternity and post-natal treatments.
As someone who was genuinely terrified of birth I was thrilled to discover hypnobirthing when I was pregnant with my first baby and I used hypnobirthing techniques for both of my births which was nothing short of miraculous. I decided to train as a hypnobirthing teacher during my second pregnancy. I currently teach the amazing Way of the Koi hypnobirthing course created by midwife Nicola Nelson and this is currently running online over 4 weeks via zoom.
Most recently I have completed the Side by Side Doula training course with Leila Baker and the Younique Postnatal Planning workshop with Sarah Tessier and I would be honored to help you navigate your way on your journey to birth and parenthood.
The Way of the Koi Hypnobirthing course gives you the confidence to negotiate confidently with maternity services and work in partnership with your care givers to create the optimal birth environment. It equips you with lots of resources, simple self-hypnosis and deep relaxation techniques for maintaining your natural birth state-of-mind; it often surprises people just how practical and simple it is!
£250 private online course
£150 group online course
£400 private in person course
(not available in SE13 & SE6)
I can provide in person support during your postnatal period (subject to a risk assessment and pandemic permitting) in 2-3 hour chunks to suit your needs. This can include debriefing your birth experience, supporting you with breastfeeding, cooking you a nutritious meal, light domestic help, holding the baby while you sleep, taking the dog for a walk, whatever you need so you are able to recover and adjust to life as a new parent.
Included in this package is a one hour postnatal planning session before your birth (see above for details) and a little goody bag of postnatal treats from me.
A minimum booking of 3 hours is required at booking (not including your postnatal planning session) and if you book a block of sessions there is a reduction in price.
£15 per hour.
Postnatal Planning Workshop
This course is a little like creating a birth plan but for your postnatal period rather than birth. It's a 1 hour 30 mins private session to discuss what you might like or need during the postnatal period.
Together we will cover self care and recovery, nutrition, what to expect from your baby and your body and what support you might need to help you get set up as a new family.
We will create your postnatal plan developed by postnatal doula Sarah Tessier with all the course support materials, recipe suggestions, a postnatal birth plan template and a support pack of local parenting supporters included.
I'm happy to say that these sessions are still running via zoom due to the pandemic but will be back in person as soon as I am able.
Pre/Postnatal Reflex Touch
Many birthing people are now choosing to have reflexology throughout their pregnancy and beyond as it can offer many benefits including relaxation, reducing anxiety, generally de-stressing, improving sleep and even helping to start labour. However you view reflexology there is no doubt that it provides a period of time where you have one to one attention, relaxation and supportive touch in an understanding and non-judgemental environment. This can help build confidence and give you the time to leave your worries behind.
£50 per hour
When you find out you are pregnant & after your baby has arrived you are likely to receive a tonne of useless expensive gifts; from nappy disposal units, baby clothes that they'll grow out of in weeks to cakes made entirely from nappies! Why not buy them a gift that will make a positive difference to their day?
Taking a hypnobirthing course, booking a relaxing reflexology session or planning for your postnatal period should not be a luxury. It's easy to arrange. Buy your preferred voucher for your loved ones to help cover the cost of investing in their positive birth and postnatal experience.
We saw Catrine on the lead up to our daughters birth. She was amazing. So calm, understanding and knowledgeable! She was there all the way though, during with kind thoughtfulness and after with advice and reassurance. We are so grateful to have worked with her during that precious time. Thank you for everything Catrine.