Postnatal (Recognised since September 2013)Birth (Recognised since January 2013)
Lives in: Colchester CO6
Local info and availability:
Essex, Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Cambridge, all London areas
Also available for overnight post natal support.
Hi I’m Ali and I am an experienced birth and postnatal Doula recognised with Doula UK since 2013. I cover the South East of England, including all London areas. I am also part of the Doulas In Essex group and Birth in the City Collective.
I live with my family in Marks Tey, Essex after moving to the UK from Guernsey in 1998. I have four children of my own and two step children raised as my own ranging from twenty-two to twelve so we have a very large, diverse family of which I am very proud.
I am a Chair of Governors; Barnardos Infant feeding volunteer and Doula UK Leadership Team member.
I love fund raising; food; music and dancing. I play the clarinet; have a green belt in Judo and can run like the wind! I also have A levels in French and Spanish.
I am also a very tiny 4ft 8″ – much to my 6ft step children’s delight!
Having supported over 150 families, life has taught me that despite being the organised control freak that I am, not all things are meant to be controlled. Pregnancy, childbirth and the journey of parenthood are among them.
I believe that Women should be empowered to make each birth experience their own, that they should have the emotional and physical support they need whether they are geographically close to their immediate family or not; married or single; younger or older than “average”; first or fifth baby, living a comfortable lifestyle or on a budget… it really doesn’t matter and my rates reflect this.
A Doula is not a luxury and you don’t need a fortune to hire one!
I will tailor myself and what I bring with me to each family depending on what their needs are. That may range from collating antenatal information in order for each family to make informed decisions; having a hand to hold or using some of the homeopathic remedies that I have for childbirth. Sometimes families just want some emotional and practical help postnatally. I am a non judgemental presence in your home or hospital to help you on your parenting journey. I also have birthing pools, TENs machines, rebozo, birth stool and various books, CDs and DVDs.
Normally, a few kind words and plenty of laughter are the way forward!
“Alison was an energetic bundle of positivity from the moment we met her and she gives wonderful massages.” R & S
“Having Alison’s support was invaluable to us both. She was an unobtrusive but reassuring and constantly supportive presence.” H & B
“Would that all women…. had an amazing Doula like you.” R & R
“Ali was fantastic – a huge help, a lovely woman. Exactly what was needed.” R & R
“Thank you so much for your support along the way. You’re an amazing person and I’m so glad to have met you.” G
I am DBS checked, have a full driving licence, relevant insurance and have attended the Conscious Birthing Doula preparation course as well as their Advanced Doula training course.
I have had the privilege to attend the following study days:
Supporting Every Birth run by Michelle Every
Third Stage and Beyond run by Amanda Dixon
The Art of Doula Listening run by Ashley MacDonald
Confident Birth Workshop run by Susanna Heli
When Survivors Give Birth run by Penny Simkin
Supporting Women with Breech-Presenting Babies run by Shawn Walker
Tongue Tie Workshop run by Maddie MacMahon
I have had a wide range of life, pregnancy and birth experiences – including breech presentation; emergency caesarean section, PPROM, premature births, time in SCBU, surviving abuse, combatting post natal depression, loss, VBAC x 3, breast AND bottle feeding.
I have supported single mums, loving couples – (same sex couples included), VBAC’s, twins and triplets, have mental health experience and have supported through loss, IVF, surrogacy and adoption.
I also regularly support refugees, victims of abuse and trafficking in a volunteer capacity.
I bring the doula model of care to people across the full spectrum of pregnancy experiences, including IVF, adoption, surrogacy, termination, miscarriage and stillbirth.
As well as home births, I have also worked in Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, The Portland Hospital, UCH, St Thomas’ Hospital, The Royal London Hospital, The Royal Free Hospital, The Whittingdon Hospital, Queen Charlotte’s Hospital, St Georges Hospital Tooting, Kings College Hospital, Lewisham Hospital, St. Helier Hospital Sutton, PAH (Harlow), North Middlesex Hospital, Newham University Hospital, Homerton Hospital, Whipps Cross Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Woolwich), Darent Valley Hospital Dartford, Basildon Hospital, Queens Hospital Romford, Broomfield Hospital Chelmsford, Colchester Hospital, St. Peters Maldon, WJC Braintree and the Princess Elizabeth Hospital in Guernsey.
More information can be found on my Website.