"After just over two years of trying to conceive and not long after our first attempt at IVF which resulted in a very early miscarriage, I turned to Sjanie for hypnotherapy. To build a quick picture of our situation, I was 37 and my fiance was 39, all my fertility tests were absolutely fine, my other half had a slightly low sperm count.

Over the course of trying to conceive we had both tailored our diets, cut out drinking for periods of time, I did two anti-candida diets (a stool test finally revealed there was no issue in the first place), turned at various points to reflexology and acupuncture.

By the time of the failed IVF attempt I was absolutely at rock bottom emotionally and had lost all faith in ever being able to get pregnant. Hypnotherapy dealt directly with this, it swiftly addressed my negative thought patterns and freed me up to let myself believe that it was possible for me to become pregnant. And sure enough, admittedly with the use of two frozen blastocysts rather than naturally, we finally achieved our much longed for pregnancy, just under four months after the first of the five sessions I had with Sjanie.

I firmly believe that Sjanie's hypnotherapy played a huge role in our success. And as another big plus, alongside the pregnancy both I and others close to me have noted that I have become a much calmer, more positive and confident person in the year since having hypnotherapy. I have and will continue to recommend Sjanie to other women having a tough time trying to conceive."

38 year old first-time mother to be, Hackney, London.

'How unexpected is was, after so long, to discover that we were expecting a baby, and then, a few weeks later that, like buses, two babies were coming along together. I think, with your help, I had actually reconciled myself to the idea that we would be a family of three and was actually content with our life as it was, and I wonder if this took the pressure off us and actually helped us to conceive after our three years of trying failing.

The twin pregnancy was long and hard work, and more than once I found myself listening to your CD and feeling energised and calm. Nowadays I don't need much help to sleep, but I do find that concentrating on my breathing, and focusing as we did in our sessions calms my mind and I fall sleep more quickly than I used to. Which is just as well as our girls are a bit of a handful! ''

Angela, mother of three

Catherine's Twins

At the age of 36, my husband and I quickly and easily conceived our son. My pregnancy was straightforward and enjoyable and the subsequent planned homebirth was thrilling, empowering and an incredibly moving experience; we were confident that further expanding our family would be straightforward. When I first made contact with Sjanie I had suffered 4 physically traumatic and emotionally draining miscarriages over a three and a half year period. I was at a complete loss as to why my healthy body was consistently ‘letting me down’; I had lost confidence in my body’s ability to carry another child. Sjanie encouraged me to visualise a healthy, fertile and nourishing womb inside my body. ‘My’ womb was a fat, ruby red, velvet cushion covered with a gauzy orange drape. Over a number of weeks I experienced a real sense of warmth and security whenever I ‘looked’ at this familiar image. I was delighted by the feeling of wellbeing that I had as a result of the work Sjanie had done with me. However, after about six weeks I was concerned that my beautiful plump cushion was increasingly difficult to ‘see’. I spoke to Sjanie telling her that my well-loved cushion had been replaced by a smaller, bright red cushion studded with two buttons. Sjanie reassured me and encouraged me to welcome and accept this new image. Two weeks later, I called Sjanie to tell her that not only was I pregnant, but that I was carrying twins! My two ‘buttons’ were born weighing a healthy 5lb 9oz and 6lb 11oz when I was 41 years old. Sjanie’s wonderfully warm and considered approach helped me see things differently and certainly played a part in ‘allowing’ me and my husband to create two beautiful sons; we are so very grateful.

Catherine, mother of 3 wonderful boys!

Alison came to see me following a number of miscarriages

'We are now the immensely proud parents of a beautiful little boy. He came a week early and was still breech as I went into labour, and complications during contractions meant that I ended up with an emergency C-section under general anaesthetic (not quite the natural birth I was hoping for!).

Although I didn't get the chance to put my hypnobirthing skills fully to the test, my husband tells me frequently how in awe he is of how calm and 'brave' I was throughout the experience, and I'm sure that our sessions must have really helped me cope with what was a very frightening time, and to still regard it as a positive birth.  

Fergus was a small 5lb when we was born but is thriving. He is a really happy little boy and we get a lot of comments - from friends and complete strangers - about how contented he seems. I've no idea if using hypnotherapy to keep me relaxed throughout the pregnancy could have had any impact on his development, but I'm sure it can't have hurt! 

Thanks again for all of your help - I do think it made a positive difference to the outcome of this pregnancy, and I will certainly use my CDs again, if I am lucky enough to conceive again.'

Alison, mother from Leeds

The Fertile Body Method Training

I found your course excellent, really good, concise and informative and it is to date the very best course I have done. Thank you so much for that.

Judith Bradfield, Hypnotherapist

The Fertile Body Method Training

"Like all great methodologies, once you’ve learnt it, the FBM is simple.  It’s also well structured and flexible enough to be applied to the myriad of clients and presenting issues you will see in a busy practice.

To put together a method that achieves this simplicity so elegantly and with such compassion for the Client, takes a great deal of insight, scientific and experiential learning – all of which Sjanie offers during the course with generosity. The course offered me the chance to explore the potential for Clients to increase their chances of conceiving by using cognitive techniques and hypnotherapy.  I learnt a good deal about the scientific nature of fertility and the emotional complexities that often accompany it.  Clients have been benefitting ever since!"

Creating Menstrual Health Workshop in London, Oct 2009

"I’ve often noticed how my PCOS symptoms change throughout menstrual cycle and how my emotions and fertility are entwined and been interested in the relationship between the two.  The CMH workshop offered me a chance to explore these relationships with other women and talented, compassionate, and experienced experts in the field and gain personal insight and empowerment from it."


Sara H, Dorset

Thank you Sjanie for such an informative and inspiring course. The Fertile Body Method course has given me the tools to confidently work with fertility issues. I am delighted to already be working with a number of women dealing with fertility issues and I wouldn’t be anywhere near as prepared had it not been for your course and support. What really stood out for me was how well structured the course material is, as well as the very thoughtful detail contained throughout the course notes. Your text book is brilliant, such a broad range of knowledge containing useful, practical and common sense tips and tools. Your warm and passionate teaching style has inspired me so much and I’m so pleased that I have had the opportunity to take this course with you. Your training DVD is an invaluable learning resource and I can't thank you enough. A further advantage to taking your course is that, not only has your FBM been ideal for treating fertility issues, but I have found myself using your techniques for many other conditions in my practice too. Thanks so much for sharing your wealth of knowledge with us and giving us the FBM!

Lyndall Cowie - Hypnotherapist - London, UK

Creating Menstrual Health in Brighton Feb 2010

I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I booked my place but I can tell you that it exceeded all my expectations and I know that my friends who attended felt the same way. 

Since saturday I have been filled with new energy, hope, inspiration and power. I seem to be getting more out of each day and feel happier and thankful to be alive and in charge of my destiny and life choices. So thank you. Something has definately shifted...

Cherith Loane, Brighton

I just wanted to let you know that on 27 July I had my second child, Leila Sophia and now feel I can put a 5 year fertility journey behind me.

I just wanted to thank you for all your support, particularly during some of my lowest points. The in person sessions and your cd helped me so much.

N.W - Second time mother from London

My husband and I had been trying to conceive for just over two years. We had had all of the fertility tests possible possible and frustratingly there were no indications that anything was wrong. By the time I contacted Sjanie we'd undergone one Fail IVF session. We found the whole situation emotionally draining and the drive to conceive had completely taken over our life to the point that we both felt we were not really living our lives.

My first session with Sjanie was a month before we began our next IVF cycle. Through working together we addressed some of my fears and she helped to show me that there were so many positives in my life that I had been neglecting. It is with this new lease of life that Sjanie helped me, in turn us, through every step of our second IVF cycle. Unlike the cycle before we approached it in such a relaxed manner and really allowed ourselves to get excited by the fact that this could actually work.

We were so excited to see a positive pregnancy test and even more excited to have a six week scan a couple of weeks later to not just see one little heartbeat but two! With Sjanie's brilliant approach I went from not being able to imagine myself pregnant to now housing twins! We can not thank her enough and I am sure I will continue to use her brilliant relaxation techniques throughout my pregnancy.

Jo, first time mother from London

The Fertile Body Method Training

Thank you Sjanie for such an informative and inspiring course. The Fertile Body Method course has given me the tools to confidently work with fertility issues. I am delighted to already be working with a number of women dealing with fertility issues and I wouldn’t be anywhere near as prepared had it not been for your course and support. What really stood out for me was how well structured the course material is, as well as the very thoughtful detail contained throughout the course notes. Your text book is brilliant, such a broad range of knowledge containing useful, practical and common sense tips and tools. Your warm and passionate teaching style has inspired me so much and I’m so pleased that I have had the opportunity to take this course with you. Your training DVD is an invaluable learning resource and I can't thank you enough. A further advantage to taking your course is that, not only has your FBM been ideal for treating fertility issues, but I have found myself using your techniques for many other conditions in my practice too. Thanks so much for sharing your wealth of knowledge with us and giving us the FBM!

Lyndall Cowie - Hypnotherapist - London, UK

The Fertile Body Method Training

"I found the Fertile Body Method training with Sjanie  both educational and inspirational. The course material is presented in a clear, structured fashion, which gives the therapist a defined method to work from, or a springboard from which to launch, depending on their own level of experience. Sjanie’s personal approach is engaging, inclusive and motivating; The Fertile Body Method Practioner’s Manual is a brilliant resource, concise and well-written.

I've been practising since 2002 but had not previously worked with clients with fertility issues. Sjanie’s training and encouragement gave me the confidence to work with such clients and to discover a whole new area of interest. I came away full of enthusiasm with ideas buzzing around my head!

The focus on dealing with the underlying emotional issues has been invaluable; the thoroughness of Sjanie’s format for working though the IVF cycle has been particularly useful for me. I would recommend this training as a must for those wanting to work in the field of infertility.

As a therapist, I have found it immensely rewarding to work with clients who have gone on to have babies after many years of disappointment; I wouldn’t have had that experience without this training. 

Thanks Sjanie, on behalf of me and all the excited new parents!"

Barbara Cook Dip.C.Hyp. MBSCH; MSHA Affil; FBM Practitioner; Member of the British Psychological Society

The Fertile Body Method Training

"I found The Fertile Body Method course with Sjanie Hugo absolutely fascinating. Despite having been a Hypnotherapist for many years I discovered a great way of working within a good strategic plan towards success in matters of Fertility. I want this to become a real specialism for me in the future, and the small number successes I have had to date have only confirmed this. Resolving underlying issues is key to this method as well as preparing body and mind for successful conception and pregnancy. It is invaluable in helping those who have assisted conceptions with IVF etc, as the emotional and physical turmoil needs to be rebalanced and addressed.

The method is clear and unfussy, the book a joy to refer back to and all seems like the best kind of common sense approach which appeals to both myself and my clients. It is flexible and easy to use across a variety of client issues.

The course with Sjanie was intense but wonderful to experience, as not only is the material brilliant but the teaching is done with such warmth and passion for her subject.

I am looking forward to expanding my expertise in this field and growing my business too! Thank you Sjanie!"

Heather Wood, MBSCH, DCH, NHR Clinical Hypnotherapist, Fertile Body Method Practitioner and HypnoBirthing Educator

The Fertile Body Training Course

I thoroughly enjoyed the Fertile Body course, it was informative and focused. My objective for attending the course was to learn a more structured approach to working with fertility issues – and that is exactly what I got. But I also came away with a real sense of hope for anyone with fertility problems and a much stronger understanding about working with women and men with fertility issues. I am very grateful for the personal and friendly approach to the training that Sjanie gave. One of the best courses I have been on for a long time.

Ewa Douglas, Hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner

The Fertile Body Method Training Course

I can honestly say that I feel more confident & prepared to work with any of my clients after doing this course than after any other course I’ve completed. For a change, EVERYTHING you will learn on this course is relevant & very helpful to have an excellent therapy framework.

Claire Bourne, Hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner

The Fertile Body Method Training

Thank you Sjanie for such an informative and inspiring course. The Fertile Body Method course has given me the tools to confidently work with fertility issues. I am delighted to already be working with a number of women dealing with fertility issues and I wouldn’t be anywhere near as prepared had it not been for your course and support. What really stood out for me was how well structured the course material is, as well as the very thoughtful detail contained throughout the course notes. Your text book is brilliant, such a broad range of knowledge containing useful, practical and common sense tips and tools. Your warm and passionate teaching style has inspired me so much and I’m so pleased that I have had the opportunity to take this course with you. Your training DVD is an invaluable learning resource and I can't thank you enough. A further advantage to taking your course is that, not only has your FBM been ideal for treating fertility issues, but I have found myself using your techniques for many other conditions in my practice too. Thanks so much for sharing your wealth of knowledge with us and giving us the FBM!

Lyndall Cowie - Hypnotherapist - London, UK

The Fertile Body Method Training

The best professional development course I have ever been on. One of the best teachers I have had -  inspirational. Sjanie really knows her stuff! Thanks again for a wonderful three days.

Pat Whittaker - Hypnotherapist, Retired Headteacher