Birth (Recognised since August 2014)
Lives in: London SW11
Local info and availability:
I cover Central London and most Greater London districts.
Languages spoken other than English:
Pregnancy Yoga, Mum & Baby Yoga, Pregnancy & Postnatal Massage, Closing of the Bones, Bengkung Belly Binding, Baby Massage, Babywearing, Hypnobirthing, Birth Preparation.
I am passionate about active and conscious birth and supporting pregnant women through the amazing transformation that parenthood brings forth.
I certified as a Birth Doula guided by revolutionary childbirth pioneer Dr Michel Odent and doula Liliana Lammers. I’m also a pregnancy and postnatal yoga teacher, hypnobirthing childbirth educator, massage therapist and babywearing consultant.
In April 2015 I attended an intensive 6-day Midwife Assistant workshop at ‘The Farm Midwifery Center’ in Tennessee, USA, founded by Ina May Gaskin -the pioneer of natural birth in the United States.
I am one of the founder members of London Bliss Doulas, offering women and couples a comprehensive range of childbirth support before, during and after birth.
I was born in Argentina, from English stock and I live in London since 2001.
My job is all about you, the baby and your partner, if you have one, to ensure that your childbirth is as positive an experience as possible.
I give it all with an open mind and an open heart. No matter what decisions you make in your pregnancy, birth and life, as long as you have been accurately informed and make decisions that you feel are the right ones, I will support you all the way to help you have the best birth experience you can. That’s what is most important, no matter what the circumstances.
I want to empower you, to make you have confidence in yourself, reassure you about your instinctive ability to give birth, help you make fully informed choices and respect your desires.
My support is non-medical. I’ll be there for you on the emotional and practical side of things. I will spend time with you antenatally, getting to know you and your family and as your constant contact and companion during your labour and birth, I will do my utmost to keep you calm, reduce any anxiety you may have by ensuring you feel cared for emotionally and physically without feeling observed or judged when at your most vulnerable. We are a team and as well as all of the above, I am there to help with massaging, breathing, encouraging different positions to help with an active labour. I am also there as your advocate and to help reinforce your birth preferences and what you feel is most important to you during this time.
Though it is my job to ‘mother the mother’, I naturally appreciate the importance and significance of husbands/partners and am always happy to help with any concerns and questions they may have.
My philosophy is that you and your baby are most important. You should trust your instinct and go with what feels right for you. I am there to support and care for you. Women have given birth since the beginning of time – they are strong and their bodies are amazing. So are you.
I have experience assisting normal natural births at home, birth centres and hospitals as well as medicalized births: labour with epidural, during augmentation or induction, instrumental delivery and supported women through elective and emergency caesareans. I also have experience with Planned Unassisted Homebirth (no midwife nor obstetrician present).
I’ve supported births at St Thomas’ Hospital, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, St George’s Hospital, Royal Free Hospital, UCH – University College Hospital, Portland Hospital, Kingston Hospital, King’s Hospital, Queen Charlotte’s Hospital, Lewisham Hospital and St Mary’s Hospital (including the Lindo Wing)
Baby Yoga – Sally Lomas, Birthlight – March 2016
Khalsa Way Pregnancy Yoga – Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Santa Monica, CA – January 2016
Midwife Assistant – The Farm, founded by Ina May Gaskin, Tennessee – April 2015
Restorative Yoga – Judith Lasater – March 2015
Fertility Massage – Clare Blake – February 2015
Baby Massage – Active Birth Centre with Peter Walker – February 2015
Babywearing Consultant – School fo Babywearing – February 2015
Introduction to Breastfeeding – Indira Lopez-Bassols – November 2014
Yoga & Labour Study Day – Judy Cameron and Katheleen Beenan, BWY, October 2014
Hypnobirthing – Katharine Graves, The Hypnobirthing Centre – August 2014
Traditional Mexican Rebozo Techniques – Clare Blake, Fertility Massage – July 2014
YogaBirth Certification (200hs) – September 2015
Deep Tissue Massage – Trevor Gorard, School of Natural Therapies – May 2014
Pregnancy Massage – Amy Taylor, Purple Turtle – April 2014
Holistic Massage – School of Natural Therapies – April 2014
Pregnancy & Massage – Suzanne Yates, Well Mother – September 2013
Undisturbed Birth Study Day with Sarah Buckley – July 2013
Paramana Doula Training with Dr Michel Odent and Liliana Lammers – February 2013
Postnatal Yoga Certification – Nadia Narain, triyoga, London – April 2013
Pregnancy Yoga Certification – Nadia Narain, triyoga London – December 2012
Vinyasa Flow Yoga Certification (200hs) – Satsanga, Goa, India – March 2012
Hatha Yoga Certification (200hs) – triyoga London – December 2011