Welcome to Aspirations Hypnobirthing Cardiff

What is Hypnobirthing?

Hypnobirthing uses your ability to prepare your mind and body to work in harmony to achieve a calm and peaceful birth. Hypnobirthing allows you to remain relaxed and empowers you to be in control of your body and your birth.

The course encompasses easy to learn and use techniques including breathing, visualisation, deep relaxation and massage. Together we will use hypnosis to release any preconceived worries or fears you may have of birthing your baby.

Hypnobirthing provides you and your chosen birthing partner with the tools, resources and knowledge to achieve the best possible birth for you all. Empowerment and confidence are built as we explore together, how the body functions during birth, and how you can use the techniques to achieve a more efficient comfortable birthing experience.

Hypnobirthing actively involves the birth partner. The role of the birth partner is an integral and important part of the process. It can be immensely empowering to know you have played a positive role in the birth of the baby, and can be a wonderful starting point for bonding.

Lesley Strabel Aspirations Hypnobirthing

About Me

I am the mother of three beautiful daughters, age 9, 5 and 18 months, all of which I birthed using hypnobirthing. I was so amazed by my experience of birth, being quite sceptical initially, I found myself desperately wanting to share the empowering experience I had with other expectant mothers. What better way than to teach others what I had learnt.

I, therefore, chose to train as a practitioner. I am an enthusiastic, friendly and patient teacher. I am passionate about empowering couples to achieve the best possible birthing experience they can. I am a warm and compassionate person who can support you through the training process and beyond.

As a mother who has used hypnobirthing to deliver three beautiful baby girls into the world I know it works and have confidence that it is truly possible to achieve a personally satisfying birth for all involved.

My Qualification

I hold a Diploma in Hypnobirthing.

My training has been provided by KG Hypnobirthing Association, and covers three elements hypnosis for hypnobirthing, hypnobirthing, and birthing foundation.

KG is the UK training of choice for midwives, birth professionals, and hypnotherapists.

The Hypnobirthing Association has been set up to be the professional body for Hypnobirthing teachers and practitioners. I am a registered member of the Association.

My profile can be found on the KG Hypnobirthing website

The KG Hypnobirthing course has received accreditation from the Royal College of Midwives; the highest accolade that vouches for the high standard, professionalism and quality of the course.

I am a qualified mental health counsellor and a member of the BACP. I specialise in perinatal mental health and birth trauma recovery.My training provides me with an understanding of general pregnancy and birth anxiety and tokophobia. For further information please see Aspirations Counselling Service.

I also facilitate the local Positive Birth Movement Group for Barry, Penarth and Dinas Powys. The online group can be found on Facebook here. The group meets in person on the 1st Saturday of the month 10.30am-12.30pm

KG Hypnobirthing
RCM accredited

Course information

HypnobirthingCoupleFree Taster Session

I provide quarterly 90-minute taster sessions in the Tramshed Studios, Cardiff. During the session we cover:

  • Perceptions of ‘hypnosis’ what it is and how we use it
  • Some aspects of the biology of birthing
  • Breathing techniques
  • Relaxation scripts
  • Q & A

After completing the session you will have a full overview of the KG Hypnobirthing course. A £5 deposit is required to secure your place, refundable on the day. A private taster session can be arranged for a small fee of £50 refundable upon booking a group or private course.

Group Sessions

I provide quarterly group sessions in the Tramshed Studios, Cardiff. Included in the price is the Kathryn Graves Hypnobirthing Book, the Relaxation for Birth MP3, and a Parents Course Book (in pdf). The course is run with no more than eight couples, keeping it small and personal, allowing you to feel relaxed and able to participate. With the added bonus of meeting like-minded expectant parents and developing a support network through your pregnancy and beyond. The course is run over four consecutive Sundays, 2pm – 5pm. Course price: £200 per couple I recommend beginning the course from 20 week onward.

Our Taster/Group Sessions are held at the Tramshed Studio in Cardiff.

Taster Sessions

19th August 2017 – 2pm-3.30pm – Finished
21st October 2017 – 2pm-3.30pm – Finished
21st January 2018 – 2pm-3.30pm – Spaces remaining

Group Hypnobirthing Course

16th & 23rd July 2017 – 2pm-5pm – Finished
Nov 12th 19th 26th & Dec 3rd – 2pm-5pm – 2 spaces remaining
Feb 4th 11th 18th & 25th – 2pm-5pm – 5 spaces remaining

Private courses are arranged on dates/times that suit you & your birth
companion best, in the comfort of your own home. A private taster
session can also be booked upon request.

Course dates are subject to minimum attendance.
*If you are unable to make one of the session dates arrangements can be
made for it to be delivered privately for a small additional fee.

I provide private courses for couples/mother and birth partners in the comfort of your own home. I cover the following areas:

  • Caerphilly
  • Cardiff
  • Rhondda Cynon Taff
  • Vale of Glamorgan

Included in the price is the Kathryn Graves Hypnobirthing Book, the Relaxation for Birth MP3, and a Parents Course Book (in pdf).

The course is run over four 3 hour sessions at your convenience.

Course price: £350 (plus travel expenses charged at £0.45 per mile outside the standard free 5 mile radius).

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Session Information

All sessions include relaxation/hypnotherapy scripts and positive birth videos.


Session One:

  • Personal concerns and/or fears.
  • What is hypnotherapy?
  • Basic principles and theory of hypnobirthing.
  • Birthing Biology
  • Fear Tension Pain theory

Session Two

  • The power of your mind
  • Breathing techniques
  • Using visualization
  • Using relaxation
  • Baby in optimal position for birth

Session Three

  • Exercises and massage techniques
  • Gravity assisted positions for birthing
  • Parental choices, rights and responsibilities

Session Four

  • Birth partner’s role
  • Place of birth
  • Stages of labour
  • Post birth choices
  • Birth proposals

After the Course

I provide telephone support from the end of the course up until the birth of your baby.

You will also be invited to become a member of the Aspirations Hypnobirthing Facebook Group. The purpose of the group is to create a supportive community of past and current Aspirations Hypnobirthing parents. I hope you will use the group to share your experiences of hypnobirthing, encourage those setting out on their exciting journey and share your fabulous birth stories with each other.


Here are a few resources that provide further information about Hypnobirthing:

Free Book Chapter

Click here to access a FREE Chapter of the Hypnobirthing Book by Katherine Graves.

Video Interview

Watch me talk to Mark Williams from Fathers Reaching Out about the importance of giving families the best possible birthing

More Videos

Click the logo below to visit the YouTube channel of KG Hypnobirthing – ‘The Home of Hypnobirthing’ founded by Katharine Graves. Here you will find a number of videos to give you further information about Hypnobirthing as well as introductions to the course.

To arrange a course, request further information or to provide additional feedback, please use this form.

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Contact us

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Tel: 07749 469 894