- Is an Access Fund Volunteer
Lives in: Crawley RH10
Local info and availability:
Crawley, Copthorne, Horley, Gatwick, East Grinstead, Redhill, Reigate, Croydon, Haywards Heath, Cuckfield, Brighton, Burgess Hill, Tunbridge Wells, Merstham
- Group & Private Hypnobirthing (Qualified and registered with KG Hypnobirthing DipHBKG) - Breastfeeding Support (Qualified, experienced Breastfeeding Counsellor DipHE) - Mother & Baby Day retreats
Thank you for taking the time to read through my Doulaography 😉
My name is Alexis (known as ‘Lexi). I am 38, married to Mark and we have two daughters aged 11 and 9.
I entered the world of supporting families soon after the birth of my first daughter Eve. When she was 6 months old, I embarked on my journey to becoming a Breastfeeding Counsellor with the NCT and began studying my foundation degree with them and the University of Bedfordshire in March 2006.
The most amazing 4 years was spent with an incredible bunch of women and our much loved tutor, another daughter was born (at home this time) in 2007 … and then, in 2010, (on the day my first nephew was born!) I graduated with a DipHE in Breastfeeding Counselling.
I went on to practice as an NCT practitioner for many years, teaching antenatal BF sessions and working with mothers on a 1-2-1 basis and also at local drops ins. I also trained as a Peer Support Trainer and delivered training to NCT peer support trainees and also for a commissioned project for Haringey Council.
Then, in 2011, I joined a large NHS Trust in Surrey as Infant Feeding Coordinator. This varied role provided hugely enriching experience working with families in a variety of different situations. I worked as part of the Infant Feeding Team coordinating the Unicef Baby Friendly Initiative; teaching healthcare professionals, working on the wards and offering families specialist support with issues including surrogacy, babies born with disabilities, special care babies, multiples and traumatic birth. During my time there, I also introduced a peer support programme, training and supervising 14 lovely volunteers to offer mother to mother support with breastfeeding on the wards.
In 2015, I left the NHS and started ‘The Nest’. I wanted to consolidate my skills and offer more flexibility in the care I gave and I wanted to re balance my work with my role as a mother. More recently, I went on to train with Katharine Graves as a Hynobirthing teacher.
Via The Nest, with its headquarters in Redhill, I now offer Birth Doula care, bespoke breastfeeding support (antenatal and postnatal), private and group Hypnobirthing courses, birth preparation, pregnancy and postnatal relaxation and mummy & baby day retreats. I also run three lively and free to access breastfeeding drop ins across Surrey and Sussex – ably supported by my dream team of peer supporters; fondly known as the ‘Fledglings’.
I am passionate about working with families during these life changing periods. I believe wholeheartedly in informed choice and rights in childbirth and strive to bring empathy, compassion, understanding and ultimately kindness to my practice. I believe every mother and her birth partner/s should experience respectful, consistent, compassionate care with access to information and evidence with which they are able to make decisions.
I have attended many different kinds of birth throughout my career and more recently I decided that I wanted to become recognised with this wonderful organisation; I attended a Developing Doulas course in Nov 2016 with an extraordinary group of women and, as I work through the recognition process, I take stock every day of just how privileged I am to do what I do.
I love new learning and always seek to enhance my professional development, attending study days, conferences and updates as often as possible. In Sept 2017, I will begin my Midwifery BSc at the University of Surrey.
Please take a look at my facebook page or website for more info or give me call for a chat.
With much love and best wishes,