Hey Ruth! Thankyou so much for stopping by for a Mamaview! We met at a park in North London and I am so excited to share what you do in Motherhood and Business! Please tell our readers about your talents!
Hello I’m Ruth Sabrosa, Certified Hypnotherapist, Hypnobirthing Practitioner and founder of Mindful Mothering. I’m mum of two wonderful little girls who led me to this important work.
I live in Muswell Hill, London UK with my husband, Pedro and our two daughters, Ania and Amalia and run my Hypnobirthing workshops from our home once a month. I also teach private classes to couples who prefer to learn Hypnobirthing from the comfort of their own home.
October 8th 2010 was a very important day for me. It was the day that I became a mother. The day that I became responsible for another human being, one that lived inside me, and that came from my body. I grew a baby! I am passionate about birth and motherhood and believe we mothers all have a superpower and are doing the most important job in the world, raising our children.
I set up Mindful Mothering to support women as they transform into mothers and hold a monthly session at Tomato Tutors studio in East Finchley, London; a regular Mother’s circle there as well as a pregnancy relaxation class.
I gave birth to my second daughter on October 7th 2012, a breech birth at home. I used Hypnobirthing techniques for both of my births and believe the positive birth experiences set me up for motherhood so I am keen to share these techniques with as many people as possible. I trained to teach Hypnobirthing with Maggie Howell in 2011 and I became a Hypnotherapist in 2016 so I have developed my own course, materials and MP3s.
Before I had my children, I worked in the film industry as a Script Supervisor and occasionally I dip back into this world which feels very different from my real life. Before that I had a secret longing to join the circus! I spent most of my childhood standing on my head! My dream almost came true when I ran my Hypnobirthing and Mindful Mothering workshops in a tee pee at Into the Wild Festival this summer – whilst I wasn’t standing on my head in the circus – the festival had a similar vibe and I absolutely loved it. I felt very at home there.
I have just finished working on a Birth Affirmation Colouring Book with my good friend and artist, Judith Mcwilliam. It is available to buy from my website and my pregnancy and birth mp3s can also be purchased HERE.
I am also working on MP3s for motherhood.
What advice would you give to your 21 year old self?
When I was 21 I was working in the Film Industry as a Script Supervisor. I was having fun but I was also worrying too much about anything and everything. I would tell myself this “Worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum”
Quote from Baz Luhrman song, “Everybody’s Free (to wear sunscreen).”
I would also tell myself to go to yoga, practice meditation, learn self-hypnosis and find a balance.
However, I came to all of this later and discovered that it’s never too late!
Can you give us 3 tips for juggling motherhood, life and business?
Perhaps all of the above!
Learn self-hypnosis/ mindfulness/ meditation
Find the balance
Tell us something no one ever warned you about being a work at home mama!
That you would be constantly interrupted but I have learned to find joy in the interruptions!
What is the best thing about being a WAHM?
The freedom to be there for my children when they need me and do something that I am passionate about whilst helping others.
Can you discuss something you are working on right now to improve your work/life balance?
I am practising what I preach! I make my own self-hypnosis recordings for whatever obstacles I need to overcome. I recently had warts all over my hands from stress and not finding the balance! I used hypnotherapy and some deep relaxation techniques and the warts have all gone. I feel happy and balanced right now.
The best advice anyone ever gave you?
My mother: Follow your dreams, do what you love. What is meant for you won’t pass you by.
What WAHM has inspired you lately?
My own mother is my inspiration. She gave up a job that she loved in the fire brigade when she had me and dedicated her life to her 3 children whilst also finding time for her own interests and work from home. Whatever she dreams, she does and nothing gets in her way! She recently set up a museum dedicated to the Royal Family in an old farm building and she does talks and serves afternoon tea there.
What are you reading right now?
Wild Motherhood by Morgan Nicholls. It is helping me to unleash my creativity!
How do you practice regular self care?
I swim, practice yoga and self-hypnosis. I listen to my own recordings. I realised how important self-care was a little late into my mothering journey. Someone recently described it as putting your oxygen mask on first so that you can then better help those around you. It makes sense to me! I am also learning to ask for help when I need it and say no to things that won’t benefit me or my family.
Ruth, thankyou so much for your insights into motherhood, I for one will take on board a lot of what you teach!
You can find Ruth at www.ruthsabrosa.com
Ruth's amazing mum can be found here!
Ruth's Mindful Mothering sessions at Tomato Tutors is located at 174 High Road, East Finchley, London N2 9AS
Disclaimer: after Ruth's Mamaview I personally attended a Mindful Mothering session led by Ruth and it was a wonderful experience. I wholeheartedly encourage you to check it out, I was welcomed with baby Erin in my arms, I left feeling supported and relaxed in the amazing Tomato Tutors studio. Definitely a session for all mamas, maybe see you there :)
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