Postnatal (Recognised since May 2019)
Lives in: Edgware HA8
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Hi I’m Anna and I’m a recognised postnatal doula.
I live in Edgware, North West London with my husband and two lively, active boys who are eight and five years old. I have always enjoyed working with and supporting families with babies and young children and have done so for nearly twenty years.
I trained as an Early Years teacher. I worked in school nurseries and then in the nursery of a Children’s Centre in North London. I then worked as a Family Support and Outreach Worker in the Children’s Centre for several years. This role was very varied and each day was different. I ran groups for parents and babies/young children including Baby Massage, Sensory Baby, Rhyme Time and Stay and Play. I provided outreach support to families from all walks of life, in their own homes and at the Children’s Centre. I also provided parents with information and sign posted them to other services in the local area. I did not return to the Children’s Centre after my second son was born and ran Baby Massage and Messy Play sessions before becoming a Postnatal Doula.
As a postnatal doula I use the skills and experience that I developed as a Family Support and Outreach worker to support families in their own homes with a new baby or babies and older children.
Since the birth of my second son I have taken a keen interest in the support and services that are available for parents of babies and young children and have researched baby and child development, particularly around sleep and feeding issues. I have training in Sleep in Babies and Young Children and Reflux and Early Allergies.
I am also a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter. I trained with the Barnet Breastfeeding Service and volunteer at drop-in groups in my local community and at Barnet Hospital.
When I became a Mother, I did not have the support of my own Mother, as she had passed away several years before. Although every situation and everyone’s personal experience is different, I can understand what it may be like for a woman to became a Mother without having the support of her own Mother – for whatever circumstances that may be.
I know from personal experience about the challenges of being the mother of a new-born and the mother of a new-born and a toddler – the difficulty there can be balancing the needs of more than one child and my own needs as a mother, which can get forgotten. Looking back, I know that I would have benefited enormously from having the support of a Postnatal Doula.
I believe that the first few weeks and months with your baby are so important and that every mother should have the support that she needs to feel confident in her own abilities as a new mother.
As your dedicated postnatal doula I will discuss your needs and the needs of your family, support you in the way that best meets your needs and will benefit you and your family. I believe that every baby and every family is unique so the ways that I support families may differ, but some of the ways I can help you and your family are:
- Providing practical and emotional support
- Non-judgemental, supporting your choices and make suggestions to help you
- A listening ear, if you want to talk about the birth of your baby or any concerns you may have
- Baby care assistance
- Practical support caring for baby while you take time to rest, shower, bath, have time to yourself
- Accompany and support for first outings with baby – walks, shopping, baby clinic, midwife, health visitor, immunisations
- Breastfeeding and formula feeding support
- Sleep support
- Reflux support
- Prepare nutritious meals – for your lunch and an evening meal
- Looking after older child/ren
- Light housework – general tidying, loading dishwasher, washing clothes
- Help to prepare home before birth of baby – and life with a baby or life with baby and older child/ren
“Anna is a kind and empathetic person. She was non-judgemental. She was understanding of my needs and those of my children. She was quick to establish a good rapport with all my children. She supported me very well both practically and emotionally. She was very reliable and trustworthy. She carried out that I asked her to do and sometimes I did not even have to ask.”
Mother of third baby, N4, North London
“It was very helpful for us to know that Anna was coming and that we would get a break, particularly in the beginning, before we had the diagnosed dairy allergy as we have a very fussy baby, so it is pretty full on when she’s not there.
Anna was always looking for ways to help out. Her presence made it possible for us to do things together that we hadn’t been able to do since before the baby’s birth (like eat lunch together)”.
Parents of first baby, Belsize Park, London NW3
“Anna’s support with my newborn was so valuable. Anna did not dictate as to how to parent however she provided advice whenever asked. Anna’s approach was to empower rather than take over which is what I really valued. Anna had a very gentle good way with my baby. Definitely recommend Anna as a postnatal doula.”
Mother of first baby, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London NW11
“Anna came to us when our second daughter was only two days old. She was invaluable in allowing me to get those precious hours of sleep in the first weeks while she cared for my baby. She also helped keeping the house in order and providing nutritious meals. This completely changed my second experience with a newborn and helped with a quicker and smoother recovery. Anna is very caring, kind and soothing with the baby and we very much welcomed her calm and non judgemental presence.”
Mother of second baby, Hampstead, London NW3
I see that my role as a postnatal doula is to support mothers and the whole family in any way that I can in order to help the transition to becoming parents of a new baby. I empower a new mother so that she feels confident to care for her baby and make decisions about the care of her baby, while feeling able to manage household tasks and generally feel positive about her new role as a mother.