Image: Thanks to LA Birth Photography

Real Birth Project

(Formerly Tranquil Birth)

Birth is more than having a baby…
It’s the remoulding of your body, mind & spirit.

Our mission at Real Birth Project is to positively impact the emotional and physical wellbeing experiences of birthing people and their families through the transitions of pregnancy, birth & parenthood.

Whether in pregnancy or after your baby is born our work focusses on these key areas:

Voices: Empowering and facilitating your voice throughout your journey as well as platforms for women and families to be heard and their experience validated.

Choices: Giving you the information and support you need to make the decisions that are right for you and your family with confidence and without judgement.

Practical Tools: We love tools! Something you can use to empower and improve your experience.  From practical Hypnobirthing to therapeutic tools postnatally, we want you to feel equipped and supported.

Meet the Team

I’m Sakina, founder of Real Birth Project, a Hypnobirthing Teacher, facilitator, therapist and a mum of two.

I came to Hypnobirthing after a difficult first birth, wanting to create a different experience for my second.  I’ve learnt that birth isn’t just about having a baby vaginally or abdominally, but the quality of the experience impacts us and our families emotionally.  This changed the course of my life and I’m passionate about making birth better for all by bringing the individuals into the centre of their experience.

I co-chair Croydon Hospital Maternity Voices Partnership, am a Service User Voice for NHS Englad,a champion for the Maternal Mental Health Alliance and  ambassador for Make Birth Better.

Sakina Ballard

Hi all, I’m Bethany and started working part time with Sakina in October 2019, I’m pleased to be part of the Real Birth Project after my own birth experiences.

I’m a mum of 2 and live in South Norwood.  In my spare time I upcycle jewellery and run an Etsy shop. I enjoy reading and history.

I’m Becca. I live in Forest Hill and I’m a mum of two. I’ve worked in the charity sector for 12 years but I’m planning to become a trained hypnobirthing teacher in 2020. I’m passionate about supporting birthing people to access their choices and empowering individuals with knowledge and tools for a positive experience.

Some of what we do



Online Hypnobirthing

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