Birthing Head Space session

Jay Kelly

Whatever type of birth you are planning or hoping for, the best aim is for one that is a positive birth experience for you and your baby. This session is aimed at those who aren’t far away from birthing their baby and would like some extra “you can do it” love.   Learn techniques to release any fears, concerns or … Read More

Mind-Body Fertility Workshop

Jay KellyBlog, Fertile Man, Fertility, Pregnancy, Well Woman and Fertility

Mind-Body Fertility Workshop The following workshops are coming up. Mind-Body Fertility in person course. 7 sessions as a group, spread over 3 months.  Numbers limited to 6 people per series of workshops. Location: Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Who is this workshop suitable for? Although I support women through assisted conception, this particular series of workshops is aimed at those who are looking … Read More

What is Mizan?

Jay KellyBlog, Fertility, Pregnancy, Well Woman, Well Woman and Fertility

What is Mizan therapy? I’ve been asked this so many times, and I never tire of talking about it, about wombs, about women’s bodies. Mizan (sounds like Milan) is essentially an abdominal massage. Focusing on the lower abdomen, the upper abdomen and the lower back. The massage helps to bring a fresh, oxygenated blood supply to the reproductive organs and … Read More

Mindful and Resilient Parenting session – Harrogate

Jay Kelly

Mindful & Resilient Parenting session Too many mums are giving from an empty cup. This Mindfulness and Meditation group is for parents of small, medium and large people. Supporting and helping mums to parent more mindfully, and take time out for self-care and self-love. Looking after yourself is a very important part of looking after your family. This small group has … Read More

Mindful & Resilient Parenting session – Harrogate

Jay Kelly

Mindful & Resilient Parenting session Too many mums are giving from an empty cup. This Mindfulness and Meditation group is for parents of small, medium and large people. Supporting and helping mums to parent more mindfully, and take time out for self-care and self-love. Looking after yourself is a very important part of looking after your family. This small group has … Read More

Mindful & Resilient Parenting session

Jay Kelly

Mindful & Resilient Parenting session Too many mums are giving from an empty cup. This Mindfulness and Meditation group is for parents of small, medium and large people. Supporting and helping mums to parent more mindfully, and take time out for self-care and self-love. Looking after yourself is a very important part of looking after your family. This small group has … Read More

Mindful & Resilient Parenting session – Harrogate

Jay Kelly

Mindful & Resilient Parenting session Too many mums are giving from an empty cup. This Mindfulness and Meditation group is for parents of small, medium and large people. Supporting and helping mums to parent more mindfully, and take time out for self-care and self-love. Looking after yourself is a very important part of looking after your family. This small group has … Read More

Positive Birth Movement get together – Harrogate

Jay Kelly

Positive Birth Movement meeting – Harrogate A free and informal get together for women who want positive conversation about birth. Whether it is baby number 1 or baby number 5, whether you plan a home birth or elective section, whatever, we are here for peer support. Ideally, link in via the facebook event page, as that is where updates will … Read More

Mindful & Resilient Parenting session

Jay Kelly

Mindful & Resilient Parenting session Too many mums are giving from an empty cup. This Mindfulness and Meditation group is for parents of small, medium and large people. Supporting and helping mums to parent more mindfully, and take time out for self-care and self-love. Looking after yourself is a very important part of looking after your family. This small group has … Read More

Birth control ideas: Fertility Awareness monitors or apps?

Jay KellyBlog, Fertility, Surrogacy, Well Woman, Well Woman and Fertility

Despite talking mostly about fertility with the aim of pregnancy, looking at natural birth control methods is a personal top priority at the moment. After carrying 6 babies (2 surrogate pregnancies for my friend), having four daughters of my own, and frequently seeing the devastating effects of synthetic hormone contraception and after experiencing the coil previously, I need to find … Read More

IVF Support with Hypnotherapy, EFT & Mindfulness.

Jay Kelly

Going through IVF can feel like heart-breakingly lonely at times. It need not be this way. This monthly workshop is aimed at supporting women going through this, no matter where you are on your fertility journey. IVF Support Session workshops. What, where, why?  Each workshop is broken down into 3 sections. The first section is HELD SPACE. Time to debrief … Read More

Fertility Retreats

Jay KellyBlog, Fertility, Pregnancy, Surrogacy, Well Woman, Well Woman and Fertility

Our Mission Statement is simple: To nurture and support women through all fertility journeys; natural or assisted; new or lengthy. Our ‘Preparing for Pregnancy’ retreats are designed for individuals coming together in a small group. Using a bespoke combination of Hypnotherapy, EFT, Mizan Therapy, Meditations, Mindfulness, along with group activities. Supporting your physical, emotional and spiritual health. Jay Kelly, Beth Slater and … Read More

5 things to look for in a Fertility Therapist

Jay KellyBlog, Fertile Man, Fertility, Surrogacy, Well Woman, Well Woman and Fertility

5 things to look for in a fertility therapist. My top tips for finding the right Fertility Specialist for you are primarily coming from a Mind-Body perspective on Fertility. My specialist area covers Hypnotherapy, NLP, EFT in particular, and since I’m a passionate ‘NON-Jack of All Trades’ advocate, but I have a big passion for the fact that different methods … Read More

Save the midwife

Jay KellyBirth, Blog, Pregnancy

#savethemidwife campaign. Disappointed that we need it… but so lovely seeing all of the wonderful pregnancy and birth pictures supporting it. To very briefly explain my personal story for the backing of it, here are the two pictures I’ve posted so far, and the words that I shared on my Facebook page. “Having one to one care with an Independent … Read More

HPV, meningitis, vaccines and heartache.

Jay KellyBlog, Parenting

There’s not much worse than a Facebook post about vaccines for raising your blood pressure! I am writing this blog post because when I wrote a long reply (which bizarrely failed to post and vanished from the reply box) to someone who had left me feeling insulted by her response to my share about a Cochran review about the HPV … Read More

Loving Kindness Meditation

Jay KellyBlog, Well Woman

loving kindness meta meditation

Loving Kindness Meditation How I’ve only just come across the Metta Loving Kindness Meditation I have no idea! I will share a written version here and add a recorded version to the MP3 section for those who prefer a Guided Meditation. With my usual aim of keeping somethings in life simple and sustainable, I am keeping it a straightforward block … Read More

A public outcry that affects nothing.

Jay KellyBlog, Parenting

outcry politics frustration

A public outcry that affects nothing.Changes zilch. Except I feel a little better. To all the human people out there. This isn’t my normal post about fertility,  surrogacy,  health, positivity, whatever. I’m tired tonight. Emotionally, rather than physically. Though I am in a normal state of physical tiredness too. The world has gone mad. And I’m so very tired of … Read More

Healing birth trauma with crystals. Shiva Lingham to the rescue!

Jay KellyBirth, Blog, Fertility, Well Woman, Well Woman and Fertility

Healing birth trauma with crystals is something that only came into my awareness in recent times. Shiva Lingham to the rescue! I am lucky to have a part-time job (I call it self-care) in a beautiful shop that has an amazing selection of specialist crystals, so each day I am focusing on learning much more in-depth information about a particular … Read More

Early Bird session. Early pregnancy and birth workshop

Jay Kelly

Early Bird sessions Early pregnancy is often a time filled with fears and frustrations. These in person workshops are aimed at getting real and positive beliefs in place, before the scaremonger stories start coming in. Learn techniques on how to dump other people’s stories, the anatomy of a birthing lady’s body and how incredible we truly are. Fear releasing, and taking away … Read More

Birthing Head Space workshop. Birth fear releasing

Jay Kelly

Whatever type of birth you are planning or hoping for, the best aim is for one that is a positive birth experience for you and your baby. This session is aimed at those who aren’t far away from birthing their baby and would like some extra “you can do it” love. Learn techniques (using hypnotherapy, self hypnosis and tapping/EFT) to … Read More

Early Bird session. Early pregnancy and birth workshop

Jay Kelly

Early Bird sessions Early pregnancy is often a time filled with fears and frustrations. These in person workshops are aimed at getting real and positive beliefs in place, before the scaremonger stories start coming in. Learn techniques on how to dump other people’s stories, the anatomy of a birthing lady’s body and how incredible we truly are. Fear releasing, and taking … Read More

Positive Birth Movement

Jay Kelly

We are a global network of free to attend antenatal groups, linked up by social media. We connect pregnant women together to share stories, expertise and positivity about childbirth. We aim to challenge the epidemic of negativity and fear that surrounds modern birth, and help change birth for the better. Join us as we meet up, link up and shake … Read More

Pregnancy after loss

Jay KellyBlog, Fertility

pregnancy after loss

Hope this little testimonial gives you hope. Pregnancy after loss “I am grateful every day that life events caused my path to cross with Jay’s. I first met her when was I was going through a particularly difficult and challenging time having lost two much wanted babies in the space of 6 months. I can say with confidence that the … Read More

‘Think yourself fertile’ versus ‘TTC’

Jay KellyBlog, Fertile Man, Fertility, Well Woman, Well Woman and Fertility

Think yourself fertile Vs TTC – the power of mind-body medicine Are the three little letters TTC all consuming? Whether you are hoping to conceive naturally, or are having assisted conception, Hypnosis and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) can really help support you. For someone who is going through the stresses of IVF, Hypnotherapy can be the saving grace when it … Read More

What is ‘hypnobirthing’ and will it help?

Jay KellyBirth, Blog, Pregnancy, Well Woman

What is ‘hypnobirthing’ and will it help? Hypnobirthing has become a massive business in the last few years. I love the positive birth focus, but I don’t much like the hypnobirthing hype. No technique should take credit for a woman’s birthing ability. No one should go into birth believing that they need to do this particular technique in this particular … Read More

Guided meditation for Fear releasing

Jay KellyBirth, Blog, Pregnancy, Well Woman, Well Woman and Fertility

Guided meditation fear releasing

Guided meditation for Fear Releasing. For some women, pregnancy brings excitement and giddy anticipation. For others, it can bring fear, anxieties, vulnerabilities… and endless “what if’s”. Before I go any further and paint a picture of pregnancy being doom and gloom, I want to tell you what I think pregnancy should feel like: Special, precious, invigorating, wondrous, amazing, exciting, blossoming … Read More

2 week wait & 1st trimester exhaustion

Jay KellyBlog, Fertility, Pregnancy, Well Woman and Fertility

2ww and early pregnancy exhaustion

The 2ww – Mindful ways to help Implantation So once the miracle of conception has happened, whether through natural methods or assisted, the next physiological stage is implantation. Sticky vibes from well meaning friends is one thing, but what can you do to possibly help yourself during the 2 week wait? In no particular order, here are some bite-size ideas. … Read More

How sperm works

Jay KellyBlog, Fertile Man, Fertility

How sperm works

This subject is an entire breezeblock of book, not just a few paragraphs, but I thought a brief overview is worthwhile. So we know that we need millions of sperm, all strong swimmers, with stamina and all swimming in the correct direction. The millions and millions of sperm need to be deposited in a potentially hostile environment, cover a relatively … Read More

7 ways to improve male fertility

Jay KellyBlog, Fertile Man, Fertility

7 ways to improve male fertility

Male Fertility.  7 ways to safeguard your seeds. You may have heard the terms ‘low sperm count’ ‘poor motility’ ‘poor morphology’ being mentioned. You may have only heard your head sprouting out some not so nice thoughts. Terms related to ‘firing blanks’ was used as an insult to men at one point. I certainly hope it isn’t any more, and … Read More

Surrogacy

Jay KellyBlog, Fertility, Pregnancy, Surrogacy, Well Woman and Fertility

Surrogacy

Surrogacy: The art form and the miracle of growing a baby in another woman’s womb. I’ll clear up a bit of the terminology first of all. Types of surrogacy include straight surrogacy and host surrogacy. Host is when you use a embryo that has a different woman’s egg, not the egg of the surrogate mother. The egg can be that … Read More

Relaxing stress responses throughout IVF

Jay KellyBlog, Fertile Man, Fertility, Surrogacy, Well Woman and Fertility

overcoming stress during ivf

Relaxing stress responses throughout IVF. IVF can be a long drawn out and potentially stressful time. Endless appointments, hospital car parks, clinic waiting rooms, injections and timescales, and a body going through a synthetic hormonal rollercoaster. Using a self hypnosis and EFT program to help you keep calm, emotionally and physically, through the journey will no doubt have an effect … Read More

Ways to keep calm in pregnancy

Jay KellyBirth, Blog, Parenting, Pregnancy, Well Woman

ways to keep calm in pregnancy

You can never have enough support. And there’s a wealth of it out there. Netmums, Facebook groups, NCT classes, friends, I could go on… My most favourite support group in recent times is the Positive Birth Movement. A non-judgmental grassroots movement. The group aim is to enable free to access to support. An organisation aiming for all women to have … Read More

Overcoming blockages whilst deciding how to deal with fertility issues

Jay KellyBlog, Fertile Man, Fertility, Surrogacy, Well Woman and Fertility

Overcoming blockages whilst deciding how to deal with fertility issues. It can feel like such an overwhelming time when deciding what to do. Heart and head may have different thoughts. Too many pros and cons in all different directions. The impacts of decisions can feel too heavy to even think about. Your potential choices are obviously going to depend on … Read More

Happy womb, happy woman.

Jay KellyBlog, Fertility, Pregnancy, Well Woman, Well Woman and Fertility

Happy womb, happy woman, mizan, womb meditation

Happy womb, happy woman. How to have a happy womb? Have you ever talked to your womb? Think I’m bonkers for asking. No problem!! But have you?! How I think you have a happier womb: I suggest doing some womb meditations and some hands-on healing for a happy and balanced womb, and there are some incredible clean and accessible foods … Read More

Birth trauma and post traumatic stress

Jay KellyBirth, Blog, Parenting, Well Woman

PTSD & Birth trauma PND

Birth trauma and post-traumatic stress Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) affects so many people, and can have the most horrendous side effects and ruin many lives. Being someone who dislikes that people are put into boxes of ‘disorders’ and personalities types, I see the individuals who have been through a trauma and are having difficulty functioning or adjusting to life post … Read More

Pregnancy care

Jay KellyBirth, Blog, Pregnancy

Pregnancy care

Even if you don’t plan a birth to whale music, it doesn’t mean that hypnosis isn’t for you. Hypnotherapy and EFT can help you manage fears and feelings. Letting go of fears, that frequently aren’t even your own, they were Great Auntie Joyce’s fear that has been passed on through fear based stories, even though they meant well. Loads of … Read More

Delayed cord clamping (or OCC) as the healthy norm

Jay KellyBirth, Blog, Pregnancy, Surrogacy

DCC Delayed ccord clamping OCC wait for white

Delayed cord clamping (or Optimal Cord Clamping – OCC) as the healthy norm. If someone told you that something that you can do to your precious tiny newborn could take away a third of his or her crucial blood supply, you wouldn’t do it, would you? If someone also told you that a routine procedure, with no known benefit, was … Read More

Childbirth Without Fear

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Childbirth without fear twin birth

All too  often I hear stories from mothers old and new about how traumatic and difficult giving birth is… so even though I can empathise, I feel frustrated and saddened at why so many women are repeatedly experiencing these difficult and horrid births. Then, just the other day, I heard a fascinating story/viewpoint from a […]

The mayonnaise jar and the coffee

iamjaykellyBlog, Fertile Man, Parenting, Well Woman

uplifting and positive story

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the coffee… A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty […]

9 Tips for Long-Haul Flights with small children

iamjaykellyBlog, Parenting

“You’re brave” is all that I heard for a month before embarking on my travels exploring Australia with my four children. The eldest being 6, a tantrum filled 3 year old & 10 month-old twins. Most people get their travelling out of their system before they have children and then settle down and enjoy ‘less […]