Sarah Brent, Founder of Positively Blooming
Laying strong foundations for women’s emotional health
We all know that becoming a mum changes your life in so many ways, but I would never have guessed that my own journey into motherhood would shape my destiny quite as significantly as it did…
There’s no denying the fact that when I had my first child the birth experience was traumatic, so when I fell pregnant again soon after (there’s less than 18 months between my son and daughter), I didn’t want to go through the same process again.
It was my husband who first suggested hypnotherapy; I remember giving him an eye roll. “What have we got to lose?” was his fair, measured response. Initially sceptical, I went along with it and was amazed to discover how profoundly different my second birth was – everything from the delivery itself right through to my own recovery period… Why was it so different?
When both of my children were still under two, I was diagnosed with postnatal anxiety. I’d had panic attacks as a teen and in my early twenties, but those symptoms resurfaced after becoming a mum; I knew I needed to take immediate action.
Realising that I would have to delve deeper into what was causing my anxiety – and having already refused medication – I studied for qualifications in psychotherapy and hypnotherapy. Following a massive improvement in my own situation – combined with the hypnobirthing training I’d undertaken after my second pregnancy – I felt confident enough to set myself up in business as a women’s emotional health coach.
Broadening my knowledge base, I developed a particular specialism in supporting women during the perinatal period, as well as ongoing health issues such as anxiety, stress, depression, phobias and insomnia.
I’m 11 years in with Positively Blooming and things are great! I’m really proud to be launching my first online coaching academy this year, where I’ll be training women to have the skill-set to professionally support other ladies through the most transformational phase of their lives.
If I had any words of wisdom to share with fellow entrepreneurs, I’d suggest taking baby steps with whatever it is you’re seeking to do. Look at the bigger picture, break it down into digestible chunks and then make a start!