My name is Illiyin Morrison
I am a Midwife, Hypnobirthing teacher and mother of one.
I qualified as a Midwife in 2017 and since qualifying I have worked at a busy South London Hospital.
I later went on to qualify as a Hypnobirthing teacher with Katherine Graves in 2018 and over the last two years have used that time to focus on adapting my teaching to what I believe is necessary for birthing people to have a positive birth experience. More recently I undertook TheYesmum Hypnobirthing teacher training and will be using their syllabus.
I have always had a passion for empowering women during pregnancy and childbirth and I have been extremely passionate about birth education as I believe good antenatal education can really make a difference to the pregnancy and birth experience.
When I was pregnant with my own daughter, I made the decision to train as a Hypnobirthing teacher having witnessed many birthing people use it and seeing first-hand how effective it could be. I trained first and foremost in order to use the tools myself but also because I knew wholeheartedly that they could benefit so many other birthing people.
I could only describe my daughters’ birth as traumatic but I believe that the tools I gained in my Hypnobirthing helped me to have a wonderful pregnancy and early labour. I felt knowledgeable, in control and empowered.
My own birth experience led me to examine the effects of birth trauma and appreciate the need for greater understanding of what took place and why. This is why I offer the birth debriefing service. You can find out more about this service below.
I am extremely passionate about positive birth experiences and facilitating healing from experiences that may not have been as positive as hoped for.
I’m looking forward to helping you achieve these things.
What I Do
Hypnobirthing is designed to give you a calm and comfortable birth. This course will provide you with all the information needed to make informed decisions and to have the power to advocate for yourself during YOUR birth.
Postnatal/Prenatal Debrief Session
Following childbirth some people may feel that they have been left with many unanswered questions, which have left them feeling like they may need to speak to someone.
“Thank you so much for letting me rant and get everything off my chest! It felt goooood! Even though I am now mentally in a really good place, the session with you was still well worth it.
I felt listened to, I felt heard and I felt validated. You basically cemented what I thought I already knew and strengthened my belief that I am worthy and I am a good Mother to my Son. I totally felt like I was speaking to an old friend and I felt safe and secure telling my story. I think deep down I knew it wasn’t my fault and it was the fault of the people who were supposed to be caring for me, but you took any doubt from my mind and reinforced my thoughts and feelings about it. That alone has made me feel stronger and more at peace.
My head feels much clearer now and I feel as though a weight has been lifted. I will highly recommend your debrief service to anyone who needs one!!
I must add that before having my debrief I have followed you on Instagram since my Son’s birth and that alone has helped me more than you can know! Your wisdom, your knowledge, your lives experience, your kindness and your advocating makes you the perfect person to be watching should anyone need some support. You really are an amazing person Illy and as a woman and birthing person I am so grateful for you and so happy I found you!”
“Thank you so much Illy. I took a few hours just to process and reflect on everything and have a big soak in the bath! I just want to say thank you so much.
Firstly, you were so easy to talk to. I felt completely at ease to go through my birth and labour. Your warmth, kindness, and compassion as a person shines through. Thank you for just letting me offload as I have bottled that up for some time (well the last 10 months). Never underestimate the power of being YOU.
You have done more for me in that hour than any health care professional has done for me in the last 10 months. I had felt so let down by my experience and had lost faith in the system, but you have shown me that I was validated in my feelings and that has just made me feel a massive relief. I feel like I can breathe properly again.
I feel like I have now taken full acknowledgment and ownership of my birth trauma and now I’m on a healing journey with myself, both mentally and physically. I cannot thank you enough. I am so grateful that there are people out there like you. Thank you so much for listening and for the advice you have given me. I feel like a weight has been lifted“
I just wanted to message you to say a massive thankyou for our conversation yesterday. It was the first time I’ve ever spoken about my birth and the trauma and I feel a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. For the first time, I felt listened to and that my feelings were valid. You cleared a lot of things up for me, allowing me to move forward without any doubts or questions.
I felt so empowered and proud of myself. My anxiety for the future and having more children has eased and I can now feel excited for that, rather than dread. Thank you so much for being so kind!”
“I didn’t know what to expect, but somehow I deeply trusted that my words would be heard and held safely.
Not knowing which words would fall, I knew I needed something to shift. I couldn’t continue to hold those same thoughts and questions.
As soon as I heard Illy’s voice I just took a deep breath and it was the softest, most natural and nurturing conversation. My birth experience was honoured with integrity & wisdom.
There were no moments of bypassing the uncomfortable and raw truths. In those minutes I was given back my empowerment, I found hope and I healed my relationship with my birth experience.
I don’t know what the future holds but I am no longer carrying guilt, a sense of disempowerment or questioning myself about what I could’ve done differently.
Those moments that Illy Shared with me have been truly life changing. I no longer feel such a heaviness when I think of the moment that our son joined us.”
“Illy somehow manages to couple helpful, practical knowledge and insight with honest compassion and kindness in such a way that leaves you feeling seen and heard, as well as equipped to make decisions on your own terms.
Having struggled for a long time in deciding to have another child after a traumatic birth and post-natal period, Illy’s kindness, insight, knowledge and ability to truly listen has left me feeling so much more confident going into this next pregnancy.
I cannot recommend Illy’s debrief enough – I went in carrying feelings of anxiety and confusion and came out feeling heard and seen as well as so much better informed and equipped for the decisions ahead of me. In less than 12 hours after our session I’ve already recommended her service to two friends and she will definitely be my go-to recommendation for pre- and post-natal sessions from now on.
If you’re wondering about whether your questions are worth asking, if your journey is worth processing, they are, and Illy is the person to do it with. You’ll be seen and heard as well as benefitting from her great knowledge and insight. Be kind to yourself and book the session!”