Charlene Yared West *Bachelor of Journalism, Rhodes University *Diploma in Hypnotherapy with Psychotherapy, Essex Institute *Hypnobirthing Childbirth Educator + *WOMBS Doula
Charlene is the founder of the Relax Into Birth programme and is a WOMBS trained doula. She also spent three years teaching Hypnobirthing courses in Cape Town. She is a Hypnotherapist (non medical) and has a degree in Journalism (2003) and writes for a host of South African women’s monthly magazines, including Longevity and Life Healthcare. She also offers holistic massage using Colour Therapy through Reflexology and Usui Reiki Ryoho for pregnancy and the postnatal period.
When Charlene fell pregnant, she could not believe nor trust her body to attempt natural birth, but through education and encouragement, she changed from planning an elective caesarean in hospital to having a homebirth with an independent midwife and doula in attendance.
“Working as a doula and creating the Relax Into Birth programme has given me a very practical perspective on birth. My aim at every birth is to mirror exactly what the mother needs in any given situation, so that the experience she has is a positive one,” she says. “My experience has taught me how important it is to educate and support mothers through their pregnancy, labour and birth so that they know they have options available to them to make informed decisions at every point on their birthing journey.”
“I am so excited to offer the RELAXintoBIRTH programme to expectant mothers, designed as an add-on to the existing midwife antenatal classes they’ve attended or as a stand alone relaxation for birth course. This class is not only affordable, but also gives mothers the opportunity to experience a more comfortable birth experience using deep relaxation techniques, no matter what turn their birth takes.”