My name is Hannah Willsmore and I am a Registered/Endorsed Midwife, Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and award winning Childbirth Educator based in Adelaide, South Australia. I am so excited to welcome my first baby in June 2022 and can't wait for my birth!
// I grew up wanting to be a midwife. Not a doctor or a nurse, I was 100% focussed on becoming a midwife. I got my degree and started working at my most favourite hospital. I can’t say that I loved every minute (I swear my body clock just doesn’t cope with those damn early shifts!) but I knew that supporting women through this life changing time was what I wanted to do.
// During this time (and after some initial resistance) I discovered meditation through my yoga teacher. I found using guided meditations were really powerful during stressful periods, and for helping me to to fall asleep when my mind was wound up. I started to realise that our mind actually has a huge impact over our everyday life.
// A few years on, I was still enjoying my work, but felt like there was something more out there. I was seeing more and more women in labour who were absolutely terrified of what was ahead of them, and who really didn’t know much about the process of bringing a baby into the world. I soon realised that I was passionate about antenatal education, and started looking into options for additional qualifications.
// It was then that I discovered Hypnobirthing. I realised that combining information and education with mindset and meditation/hypnosis techniques was a really powerful way of approaching pregnancy, birth and early parenting.
// To fast forward a little – I completed my Hypnosis and Hypnobirthing training in Sydney, and created Adelaide Hypnobirthing. I’ve worked with over 750 women and their birth partners, through private sessions or group training. I’ve witnessed and supported these determined women as they have flowed through the journey of pregnancy, labour and birth. I have helped them release negative thoughts, opened up a whole new world of knowledge and information, and have helped them to build confidence in their ability to bring their baby into the world.
// Three years later I had many women asking me if I provided private midwifery support during pregnancy or after birth. Antenatal education, postnatal care and breastfeeding support are three of my passions, so I took the plunge and decided to become an Endorsed Midwife (aka private midwife!). Becoming an Endorsed Midwife is a huge process. It involves 5000 hours of clinical practice as a midwife across the continuum of care, completing a postgraduate university course in prescribing, screening and diagnostics for midwives and creating a collaborative agreement with an obstetrician or GP.
// I also wanted to expand my counselling/coaching skills as I wanted to bring this to my midwifery care. I decided to enrol in the Beautiful You Coaching Course. I absolutely loved my training and know that these coaching skills are going to offer my clients so much more than just standard maternity care.
// So what does this mean for you? Well, as an Endorsed Midwife I am able to provide midwifery support and education while also incorporating my coaching skills and hypnosis experience! Woo hoo! This is what I am all about, and I am so excited to work with you all in this way! Plus, I am able to offer MEDICARE REBATES. I am so excited!
// In 2019 I decided to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in order to support my clients with complex breastfeeding issues. Becoming an IBCLC requires 90 hours of Lactation specific education, 1000 hours of practical work with breastfeeding mothers, and a university health sciences (or in my case midwifery) degree. It’s a huge amount of work, and IBCLC’s are truly the most specialised profession in Lactation support. In September 2020 I sat the international exam to become an IBCLC. I passed and officially became an IBCLC in December 2020! In 2021 I was fully booked for Postnatal Packages and having to turn away mamas in need each week as I just didn't have any capacity. For this reason I decided to expand our midwifery team and brought on board Georgie, Nerissa and Kelly - three incredible midwives who I knew would support our clients in the same way that I do. These midwives are caring, experienced and non-judgemental, exactly the kind of people I wanted as part of Adelaide Postnatal Midwifery. We are now able to provide holistic, modern postnatal support to the mamas of Adelaide through our Postnatal Packages.
We would absolutely love to support you on your journey. If you are ready to take the next step – to learn, relax, be supported, and to feel confident about your baby’s birth – check out our midwifery services and hypnobirthing courses!
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