I am the eldest of four, and have four children of my own. Pregnancy, birth and babies have always been a big part of my life! Each of my pregnancies and births was unique and special in its own right, but there were times where I had so many questions, or doubted myself, and I would have dearly loved the unwavering support that a Doula can offer. I knew that this was a role I would love to fulfil for other women, and that to some extent, I had already been doing and I began to look in to training to become a registered Doula.
I have been enthralled, fascinated and amazed by pregnancy and birth for as long as I can remember. I believe passionately in a woman’s right to give birth wherever and however she chooses and it is my role as a Doula that enables me to support women in achieving this. I feel strongly that women deserve a continuity of care, an impartial advocate and access to all the information and choices relevant to them.
I enjoy supporting all women and their pregnancies, but as 3 of my 4 pregnancies were breech babies, I have a particular interest and desire to support mothers experiencing the same. I was also able to have a VBAC (vaginal birth after a caesarean) and again, love working with women who want to explore this option.
I have experience of breech birth, caesarean birth, VBAC, hospital birth and home birth.
I completed my training in May 2016 and have been fortunate to build regularly on my Doula experience since then. I volunteer locally at a peer support group that provides the opportunity for informative, open discussion about all aspects of pregnancy and birth, I also work as a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter in the local area and am trained in the 3 step Rewind technique – a process which helps those who experience feelings of fear or trauma to restructure the memory so that it no longer causes them distress. I am a recognised Birth and Postnatal Doula with Doula UK, and adhere to their principles of best practise and confidentiality and now mentor newly trained Doulas within the organisation.
Training courses completed include;
Conscious Birthing Doula Training
Homeopathy for Labour and Birth
Reiki for Gatekeepers
NCT sling library volunteer
3 Step Rewind Technique
Breastfeeding Peer Supporter
Human rights in Maternity Care – Birthrights.