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Sowelu Sisterhood: Hannah Willsmore - Adelaide Hypnobirthing

The Sowelu Sisterhood is about introducing you to some inspiring ladies in the health, fitness and wellness industry. These are the women that inspire and motivate us. These are the women that we refer our clients to and that we pay visit to ourselves, to ensure we are as healthy, fit, and well as we can be. It is our goal, through the clinic and through the Sowelu Sisterhood to support you in becoming so, well, you!

So let's meet Hannah!
Hannah is a Midwife, working from two Adelaide hospitals, both in the private and public sectors.
After seeing many women approach child birth with a real sense of fear, Hannah decided change was in the air and this change lead her to opening Adelaide Hypnobirthing. Hannah truly believes that pregnancy and birth are amazing events that should be enjoyed and celebrated and she is passionate about supporting women through this experience.

We asked Hannah some questions about her wellness journey and here is what she had to say...

1. What started your health and wellness journey / passion?

I have always been interested in health and wellness, but it was mostly focused on losing weight or attaining a physical goal, not on the big picture of health. I had also always struggled with fatigue and was eventually diagnosed with endometriosis, but traditional medicine had no real solutions for this condition. I think this is one of the main factors that drove me to take responsibility for my health. Somewhere along the way I realised that health was a holistic thing, and that there were things that I could do, like altering my diet and relieving stress that actually had a huge impact on how I felt. I realised that we are in control of our happiness and wellness, and that how my life panned out was entirely my responsibility. I began reading self help books and attending talks and discovered that I really loved learning about health and wellness. I want to be the best version of myself, and want to feel as healthy, energetic and happy as I possibly can.

2. What one health, diet or fitness rule do you live by?

I’m not big on ‘rules’, but I would say that I am a big believer on looking at what is going on internally and following your intuition. As wellness blogger and speaker Melissa Ambrosini says, “You can be eating all the broccoli and sugar-free food in the world, but if you haven’t stopped the toxic, limiting crap you have playing over and over in your head, you will never be content”. I really agree with this. I love meditation, and can really feel the difference when I meditate regularly. Hypnotherapy can also be really beneficial for reprogramming our minds towards more positive thoughts, which is especially beneficial during labor.

3. What is the biggest health and wellness industry misconception that you are constantly myth busting?

That labour and birth has to be this scary traumatic event where you are in excruciating pain! This is what most women picture when they think about giving birth, which is quite sad. As a midwife I know that it doesn’t have to be this way. When you approach your pregnancy and birth with the right mindset and tools, and with the knowledge behind you of how your body actually works it can be a really positive, calm and empowering experience.  

4. How do you contribute to the health and wellness of those around you?

Through my business Adelaide Hypnobirthing I support women through their pregnancy and provide them with tools and techniques to help them achieve a positive birth experience. I believe that having a positive pregnancy and birth is really important for the early parenting period, and I love helping women to feel calm, confident and empowered throughout their journey. Women should feel respected and supported during this crucial period, and I am passionate about bringing this positive mindset to pregnancy and birth. I am about to commence a coaching course and I’m super excited about the new services that I will be able to offer soon!

5. Have you read any inspiring books on health and wellness lately?

I am actually a little bit addicted to health and wellness books. I am currently re-reading Mastering Your Mean Girl by Melissa Ambrosini which I highly recommend. This is such a fantastic book, and a must read for any woman. If you’re pregnant check out Gentle Birth Gentle Mothering by Sarah Buckley and Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin – two of my favourite birthy books!

Hannah's favorite quote:

“Giving birth should be your greatest achievement not your greatest fear.” ~ Jane Weideman

For more information on Hannah and Adelaide Hypnobirthing you can visit the website, http://www.adelaidehypnobirthing.com.au/