Birth Preparation Workshops

Taunton | Bristol

With Dr Kim de Vocht of Hannam Health

Pregnancy Yoga Instructor  |   Hypnobirthing Instructor  | Medical Researcher  |  Mum

Enjoy preparing for your positive, calm and confident birth experience.

This expertly designed half day workshop brings together the best aspects of Pregnancy Yoga, Active Birthing, Hypnobirthing and the latest research. Kim will support you in feeling confident, calm and well informed for your labour and birth in a friendly small group setting at our idyllic rural studio.  


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Next Group Workshop: Saturday, 12th January 2019

Bookings now being taken. This is always a popular workshop with infrequent dates available throughout the year in Taunton- do take the opportunity to reserve your place early!

*Private birth preparation session for Mums and with birth partners also available at limited times* 

What will we cover?

  • Releasing pregnancy aches & pains with Yoga

  • Understanding stages of labour and what to expect

  • What labour pain is and how we can naturally reduce it

  • Creating your birth environment

  • Signs your labour could be starting

  • The need-to-know hormones – when & how to use them to your advantage

  • Understanding your pelvis to birth well

  • Positions/movements, fundamental breath techniques, visualisations & affirmations for each stage of labour and birth.

  • Deep relaxation practice

Who is the workshop for?

For mums and mums-to-be looking for the best practical birth preparation. Ladies who want evidence based practical birthing guidance delivered in an approachable and relaxed way. An opportunity to enjoy preparing physically and mentally for a more positive and confident birth experience. A small group of mums only in our beautiful spacious studio gives you the protected time and space to tune out the outside world and focus on you, your baby and your personal birth preparation.  

What is the aim of the workshop?

To fully equip you with the most up to date knowledge on positive active birthing to support and build your confidence and feelings of calm to the point where you are looking forward to birthing your baby!

The birth of your baby is a major life event and one that you will remember forever. It is a natural and normal human emotion to feel anxious about any big event where you are unsure of what is about to happen... even more so if you do not understand the process or how best to approach it. By equipping yourself with the right practical knowledge you give yourself the best chance of a positive birthing experience.   

About Kim    

Dr Kim de Vocht, PhD BSc DipHb(KGH) has an extensive academic and practical background in pregnancy and birthing. Kim is a mum herself and is passionate about supporting women to have a more positive experience through pregnancy and birth in a down to earth, open and relaxed way.  


Having originally studied Medical Sciences (BSc, 1st class), Kim developed a keen interest in the human body, particularly surrounding pregnancy and birth. She gained practical experience of looking after women during their pregnancies, births and in the immediate postnatal period while working as a maternity care assistant in a Somerset NHS maternity unit. Kim went on to complete her academic Doctoral training in Maternal and Fetal Health at the University of Manchester and subsequently went on to lead research and teach at the University of Bristol. In a research capacity, Kim has authored 18 peer-reviewed academic publications since 2013 and has presented on a range of topics at National and International Conferences.

Kim has always been interested in the mind-body connection for positive wellbeing, and after several years of practicing Yoga, she took the opportunity to deepen her understanding of Yoga for pregnancy and birth by completing the Yoga Alliance accredited teacher training course with Bristol City Yoga. Kim has also trained as a Hypnobirthing Instructor with Katherine Graves Hypnobirthing, accredited by the Royal College of Midwives.    

Kim draws on her research background to provide women with the best and most up to date advice. Her practical experience and training combined with her passion for supporting women to have positive birthing experiences, ensures workshops are approachable, light-hearted and practical for everyone.   

“It is a genuine privilege to spend time helping women to prepare for such a big event in their lives. The whole process of pregnancy and birth fascinates me; It never fails to amaze me how the right preparation to empower a woman with understanding and the subsequent control, confidence and calm that naturally follows can make such a profound difference for a positive birth experience.”

What is included?

  • 3 hour tuition from Dr Kim de Vocht in a small group setting (with plenty of toilet and refreshment breaks!)

  • Follow up questions (via email or phone) to Kim are very welcome up to the birth of your baby

  • Folder of key workshop notes to take away

  • Light refreshments throughout the workshop

  • MP3 Unique Labour Support Audio

  • Equipment to support you in feeling comfortable

  • Opportunity to meet other local mums-to-be in a small group setting – closed Facebook group for continued contact and support

How can I book?

Limited places are available to be reserved for Workshops in Taunton (Blagdon Hill) and Bristol (Clifton). To reserve your place for an advertised date or to register your interest in attending a Workshop during your pregnancy, please contact Kim using the online form above or directly ( or 07825090352). Please feel free to ask any other questions.  

I truly believe every woman should participate in this workshop to prepare herself for what is to come. Very informative without feeling overloaded or overwhelmed. Kim left me feeling relaxed, ready and prepared for the final stages of my pregnancy and ready to welcome all the stages of labour and embrace birthing calmly, openly and mindfully. Thank you so much.
— Naomi, 27 weeks

Locations | Dates | Prices

Blagdon Hill Studio, Taunton, Somerset

Next workshop date: Saturday January 12th, 10am - 1.30pm  

Price: £65. Reduced Price for Pregnancy Yoga Attendees: £59 

Private birth preparation session: For mum-to-be only or with your birth partner(s): £125 for 2-2.5hrs- ideal for those who have not attended the mums workshop. £89 for 1.5hrs- ideal for ladies who have attended the mums workshop and would like to focus on specific aspects of birthing, whilst building confidence for their birth partner with practical guidance on how they can provide the best support.

 Please contact Kim for availability. 


Studio at EF Medi Spa, Whiteladies Road, Clifton, Bristol

Price: £79. Reduced Price for Pregnancy Yoga Attendees: £71

Private Birth Preparation session: For mum-to-be only or with your birth partner(s): £145 for 2-2.5hrs- ideal for those who have not attended the mums workshop. £95 for 1.5hrs- ideal for ladies who have attended the mums workshop and would like to focus on specific aspects of birthing, whilst building confidence for their birth partner with practical guidance on how they can provide the best support. 


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