Hello and Welcome
Hello and welcome to Simply Birth and Beyond-your one stop hub for perinatal education and wellness.
I am Brenda Harkin, founder and principal teacher at Lucina Studio-a small and peaceful oasis in the center of Wexford town. I am a hypnotherapist and yoga teacher but first and foremost a Registered General Nurse, Midwife and advocate of women's and children's health. I work particularly but not exclusively with expectant and new mums and their families delivering accredited and bespoke peri-natal education courses in the heart of Wexford town.
My aim is to provide a broad range of courses in line with four guiding principals:
"Childbirth without fear is a beautiful thing. Birth is a sacred event. To make confident choices for you and your family throughout pregnancy and labor is a joy. To be in control of your body and your birthing experience is a right. To be wholly present at the moment your baby locks eyes with you for the first time is a sacred moment between mother and child and a true gift of nature. It is the birthright of every baby to be received into the world with calm, gentle hands and to be offered the gift of unconditional love undisturbed. It is my dream that every baby should know such a gift. I wish every mum and her family everywhere a calm, safe and comfortable birth "
I began teaching hypnobirthing classes in 2014 after identifying a need for more information and choice around birth. Since then I have been constantly updating my skills and knowledge with regular and ongoing CPD training.
I hold a dual diploma in Hypnotherapy and Mind-coaching and I am a yoga teacher with 400 hours of yoga training (which includes Vynassa and Yin, Pregnancy, Post Natal and Womb Yoga). I am also a hypnobirthing practitioner (The Mongan Method) and certified IAMS baby massage instructor.
It is my great pleasure in life to be a midwife, to attend women during this deeply intimate and spiritual time and to witness the miracle of birth on a regular basis. I have been practicing in clinical areas of pregnancy and childbirth for almost 30 years. I have a broad range of work experience including a community development project in Africa, a home-birth service in the UK, an army hospital in Saudi Arabia and a private clinic in France.
My work has brought me to a deep respect for nature and the power of the female body. Through years of watching birth become more medicalized I became convinced that there was another way. Thankfully neuroscience has led us to a deeper understanding of birth, the delicate cocktail of hormones which governs it and its relationship with the environment.
Birth is changing. The way we give birth matters because it has a direct impact on a mother's health and that of her child. As a society we have a duty of care to mothers to protect, honor and support her so that she may have the best possible outcome for herself and her family.
In the words of the well known french obstetrician and father of Gentle Birth Michelle Odet
"we must speak the language of science and the language of love"
Michelle Odent author of Chldbirth Without Fear
To all the wonderful mums out there whom it has been my pleasure to meet and work with - thank you!
And to mums everywhere - You do a great job
Courses and Services
I offer the following services for the expectant or new mothers at Lucina Studio in Wexford town.
The Gold Standard of Birth Preparation with midwife, hypnotherapist, mind-coach and hypnobirthing practitioner.
Stress management and self-relaxation techniques for a calmer, more comfortable and simpler birth
Our thoughts determine our beliefs, inform our actions and effect our physical and emotional well-being. What do you really believe about birth? What are the thoughts that come up when you allow yourself to fully explore them? My one day hypnobirthing course will help you to more fully access that which lies beneath your conscious awareness? As a society we predominantly view birth as a medical event which goes right some of the time but more often needs assistance. Fear worries and doubt lead to Fear Tension Pain Syndrome which holds us back in labour and birth.
Hypnobirthing allows us to access these fears, let them go and replace them with more empowering belief systems.
Group classes 2nd Saturday of each month or private one to one sessions on request
Antenatal classes and workshops
Research based information and practical advice from an experienced and practicing midwife. Create your birth plan with a clear understanding of birth and the various choices available to you.
All the information you need to prepare for the birth of your baby. My one day classes will give you and your partner research based information along with practical tips and advice so that you can approach your birth with confidence. Includes: care pathways, the physiology of natural labour in 4 stages, your partners role, natural and pharmacological pain relief, negotiating the hospital system, induction of labour (why it happens, what it consists of and how we can help it along), -protecting your perineum-Breathing your baby down-Birthing your placenta--Delayed Cord Clamping-The Golden Hour-Feeding Baby-The Fourth Trimester-
Group classes on demand or private one to one sessions
Postures, movements, Breath-work, affirmations, vizualizations and yoga Nidra for birth preparation with midwife, hypnobirthing practitioner and yoga teacher
Pregnancy yoga is proven to help reduce complications in pregnancy and increase positive birth outcomes by helping to access your body's parasympathetic system or calm response.
In my 90 minute pregnancy yoga classes I focus on nurturing the energy of the divine feminine, building confidence, releasing emotional blocks and chakra clearing as well as a strong asena practice. I also draw from my other areas of expertise offering birth preparation Information, relaxation and stress management techniques. Classes are in 6 week blocks but one can join at any time. Class 5 is all about birth and we work with the birthing ball. Classes are small and intimate limited to 8 per class. Format: discussion and circle time, asena, yoga nidra
Six week classes Thursdays 7-8.30 pm. Join anytime. Numbers limited.
Help your thrive through loving, healing touch while deepening the bond between you and baby. Enroll from newborn to one year with experienced midwife and IAMS instructor
Infant massage is a beautiful ancient tradition:. A series of rhythmical strokes which when practiced regularly are proven to stimulate your baby's brain development,.promote bonding and secure attachment, relieve discomforts such as wind and colic, promote baby's language development and immune system. Research also shows that baby massage can protect you against post natal depression
Experience the joy of helping your baby to relax under warm and healing infra red light in a soft, intimate and safe space at Lucina Studio. My classes as 100% baby led. Feeding, crying and poonamis are not only expected but welcome!
Tea/coffee social meet included.
I provide materials: massage que-cards, information handouts, oils and protective sheets.
Thursdays 10-11.30 for 6 weeks. Private 1:1 sessions on request
Mum and Baby Yoga
A fun, social and interactive workout for you and baby from 6 weeks to one year old
Postnatal yoga is all about looking after YOU and helping you to adjust to motherhood. In those first few months let me guide you through BAKTI yoga-Specialized breathing, movement and postures designed, to realign your pelvis reconnect you with your core and strengthen your lower back and perineum. As you progress the focuses shifts to toning, fitness and building strength. Baby gets a workout too! Includes tea, coffee and meetup
Classes Thursday mornings. 6 weeks. 11-12.30
TENS machine rental
Natural, non invasive and efficient pain relieving tool
A TENS machine is a pain relieving device which delivers tiny electrical impulses to the nerve ending in the skin. TENS works to increase your bodies natural endorphins. It can be and invaluable asset in your toolbox. Rent them here-30 euros for birth month
Natural, non invasive and efficient pain relieving tool
One to one Hypnosis
A natural approach which can help you to move from Fear to Freedom
In addition to hypnosis in pregnancy I offer one to one sessions for the following:
Hypnotherapy can transform your life. Let me help you to help yourself
“After the hypnobirthing course I actually looked forward to the labor with a positive and energetic manner. I couldn’t wait to try out hypnobirthing for real. I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it without any medical intervention. Hypnobirthing created a new sense of confidence and a totally different outlook on my ability to give birth in a calm and peaceful way". Niamh
Knowing what was happening and visualizing where the baby was at different stages during birth was a huge advantage. We had a completely natural and pain and drug-free birth. Our baby fed within fifteen minutes having no side effects from drugs. Thanks to Brenda we brought a beautiful baby girl into the world without any pain relief and prepared for all eventualities. The Hypnobirthing techniques were absolutely invaluable. Anika
Brenda was absolutely amazing from start to finish. I instantly felt as ease in her company. Brenda was so passionate about hypnobirthing it was impossible not to feel excited and positive about my body's strength and ability to birth my baby. With the tools Brenda had taught me, I was able to concentrate on the now and take each surge one by one. My third child was brought into a calm and peaceful environment and to this day has a placid and content personality. Gillian
"Lucky to have found hypnobirthing. My partner and I went to the classes together and learned so much about the magic of birth as well as relaxation techniques and positive affirmations. Brenda gave us the confidence and calm we needed to achieve our goal of a natural birth". Melissa
Up to 100% of the cost is covered by health insurance when you are trained in hypnobirthing by a registered midwife.
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