Etc magazine 09 Sept 15
Giving birth is one of the most natural things a woman can do, but for many the thought can instil fear and anxiety.
“There are so many negative stories out there on TV and in the media,” explains Joanna Fitzsimons, a practising midwife, hypnobirthing instructor and antenatal educator.
“While a lot of people find that friends and family are always on hand to tell horror stories.
“But I want women to realise that it can be a positive experience, even if it doesn’t quite go the way you planned it.”
Joanna qualified in adult nursing in 1996 and worked in gynaecology which prompted her to train as a midwife in 1999.
As well as being a Wise Hippo instructor Joanna also works as a community midwife and is the lead midwife for women expecting multiples in Brighton.