Welcome to my site! I'm Crystal, the founder of Connected Babies. I'm so pleased you've found us!
I have been teaching Baby Massage since 2011 having qualified as a Certified Infant Massage Instructor with International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM). I had previously attended a course with my son and I was so inspired by the confidence and self esteem it gave me as a parent. I had heard about the relief benefits such as improving digestion issues and sleep, but I hadn’t been prepared for how it enabled me to understand my baby and to be able to really listen to him. It was life changing for both of us.
I needed to share this with as many families as possible! Thankfully Dr.Google (where we spend all our time as expectant and new Mothers right?) introduced me to the IAIM who qualified me as an instructor following extensive training. I since have taught Infant Massage to over 800 families to date. Having stood in your shoes as a new Mum, I also wanted to provide a gentle and nurturing class for my new Mamas, free of MORE advice, free of judgement, just a space where I can facilitate you guys as the experts of your babies. As an experienced teacher, I am currently in the process of becoming an Instructor Trainer with our wonderful association.
Now, as a self-proclaimed course addict, in 2013 I embarked on a new journey and decided to train as a Hypnobirthing Teacher. The birth of my first baby, Noah, wasn’t pretty. I felt pretty confident that I could just wing it, I felt healthy and fit and had the “well millions of women can do it right?” attitude, so I went in blind, limited antenatal training and limited knowledge about birth. Unfortunately, it was a really negative experience, full of intervention and pretty traumatic I’d say for both of us. When I trained as a KG Hypnobirthing Teacher, it really helped me to understand why things turned out the way they did. It felt like a debrief and despite my experience, the pure science and logic of how the techniques could help gave me confidence that I could help empower others to prepare, to understand and to feel informed about their choices in hope of a positive birth.
In 2015, it was my turn to practice what I preach. The pressure of the Hypnobirthing Teacher giving birth! Having drummed in all the science and logic after teaching it for a couple of years and practice practice practice of the techniques, my daughter Robyn was born at 40+10, at home, in the water, using only Hypnobirthing techniques. It was the most healing, empowering and rewarding experience of my life and I’m pretty sure I was talking about getting back to work before her cord had even stopped pulsing because I needed to shout it from the rooftops “if I can do it, EVERYBODY can do it”. You can read her story here if you like! Our birth features as the official KGH birth for training and parent courses which I'm exceptionally proud of.
I feel that both of my experiences really benefit me as teacher, I have no doubt whatsoever that Hypnobirthing made the difference. I had to work really hard to release my fears around all things pregnancy and birth between my two and I now know how important birth education is.
In 2019 I trained with Birthing Awareness in the 3 Step Rewind Process. The 3 Step Rewind Method is a gentle and safe way of working with parents to lift the heavy feelings and symptoms that can remain after a difficult or traumatic birth, post natal or breast feeding experience, or any other perinatal trauma. I found the technique surprisingly effective at helping me move past trauma and am delighted to offer this much needed service to my clients.
Other areas of education I have taken in this field include Nutritional Therapy (specialising in pregnancy and babies), Baby Yoga and Breastfeeding Support. I am also a certified Birth Doula. I find they all compliment my work perfectly and help me to offer the very best support to my families. I pride myself on offering ongoing support to the families that I work with and have made many friends along the way. I am now seeing clients return to Baby Massage with their 3rd babies and Hypnobirthers taking refresher sessions for their 2nd babies. which is a huge compliment.
Did I mention?... I LOVE my job! I would be honoured to be a part of your journey in to Motherhood.
Jo joined us in 2017 as a certified Hypnobirthing Teacher.
Jo was a previous client who had such an empowering birth experience that she chose to train with KG herself and I am honoured that she has joined the KG Harrow & Herts team!
A word from Jo:
I trained as a KGH Hypnobirthing teacher after using this method to have my first baby in 2016. I had an extremely positive and empowering birth, and I am excited and enthusiastic to help other mothers and families to achieve the right birth for them.
I am also a trained Paediatric Nurse (since 2013) and still work in this field, specialising in caring for children with neurological and spinal injuries. I believe this experience helps me to give parents a better understanding of the healthcare system and give them confidence to make decisions throughout pregnancy and birth.
Jo offers private sessions from Ruislip or from your home in the following areas: Ruislip, Eastcote, Pinner, Harrow, Hillingdon, Ickenham, Uxbridge, Denham, Iver, Beaconsfield, South Ruislip, Northolt.
You can read Jo's birth story here!