Lives in: nayland CO6
Local info and availability:
I am based near Colchester on the Essex/Suffolk border and I cover Essex, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. Within 1 hour drive from North Colchester. Please do ask about other locations and I'll be happy to consider them.
Languages spoken other than English:
Infant feeding and troubleshooting breastfeeding issues. Educational materials such as books and birthing ball for loan. Rebozo. Cloth nappies.
Born in France and brought up in Reunion Island, I have lived in England for over 20 years and now reside on the Essex/Suffolk border with my incredibly supportive partner and our blended family. Giving birth to my two sons was amazing and empowering and has completely changed the way I see myself and the world.
My passion for supporting families through pregnancy, birth and the first few weeks of parenthood comes from my own experiences, I had a natural breeched- birth (VBB) during lockdown, and my absolute love for helping others. I love making a difference!
I am mother/parent-led while I provide you and your family with continuous and non-judgemental care, understanding, information, love and support. My role is to support and nurture YOUR decisions and make the process as beautiful as possible, whatever the circumstances. I am always building on my knowledge with regular workshops and reading books and have recently trained in biomechanics for birth and as an infant feeding supporter. If I can’t provide you with support in the areas you need, then I will seek out and signpost you to local practitioners who can help and I am on hand at every stage to discuss all the options available to you.
Becoming a parent and/or adding to your family is a wonderful experience but it can be confusing and overwhelming at times- I believe my experience and knowledge can help you on this journey.
There is a doula for everyone- get in touch and see if I am the right one for you!
Outside of work, I spend my time raising my children, volunteering for Barnardo’s and at my local hospital maternity ward, going on walks, paddle boarding, cooking for friends and travelling.
– Mental Health First Aider training- February 2020
– Childbirth physiology training with Dr Rachel Reed- February 2022
– Developing Doulas birth and postnatal training- June 2022
– Infant Feeding Peer Supporter training with Barnado’s – November 2022
– Paediatric First Aid training- November 2022
– Safeguarding Children Level 2 training- January 2023
– SANDS’s Supporting families through pregnancy loss and the death of a baby training -April 2023
– Sophie Messager’s Rebozo for Birth Biomechanics- May 2023
– Biomechanics of Birth training in Norwich with Molly O’Brien- June 2023
– Language Matters: Birth trauma training with Make Birth Better- September 2023
– Peanut ball training- November 2023
– UNICEF UK Baby Initiative Infant Feeding Training for paediatricians- November 2023
My key interests
East Suffolk and North Essex Maternity and Neonatal Voices Partnership (MNVP)– I am a member of the Colchester Hospital MVP, which aims to help improve services for expectant and new parents. Through this I have developed contacts and good relationships.
Infant feeding support at my local maternity ward– I have recently joined the Volunteers Infant Feeding Team to help women with any breastfeeding or bottle feeding questions offering them advice, guidance and support.
Doulas without Borders– I am a member of this amazing volunteering group offering accessible, grassroots services to women and childbearing people experiencing multiple disadvantage and financial hardship during pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.
VBB (Vaginal Breeched Birth) – Having had a physiological vaginal breeched birth in June 2020, I was motivated by two factors which guided my own decision making: the evidence and the choice. I can signpost you to the latest information and research, can help you draw your VBB birth plan and have details of a local VBB specialist who I can signpost you to if more help is needed.
Breastfeeding after an emergency caesarean section– I have completed a research project around this topic because nearly 30% of all births are by c-section with nearly half of it by emergency. Having breastfed my two children for a total of three years and knowing how difficult it can be, I feel passionate about supporting and providing families with practical tips and help. Message me if you would like a copy of my leaflet.
Postnatal planning – Having had my second baby during lockdown, I know how difficult and isolating life after birth can be. I have a passion for helping people being prepared physically and mentally and have put together a postnatal intentions booklet to help parents think about what things you need to put place to be able to look after yourself physically and emotionally in the early days and weeks after your baby is born. Find out more in my care packages below.
My care packages
One introductory consultation (over the phone or face to face), two prenatal appointments (face to face), then continuous contact throughout pregnancy for questions and support, 24/7 on call from 38 weeks until baby is born, continuous support throughout your entire labour (keeping in mind your preferences throughout the birth and empowering you to have a positive birthing experience), practical support in the immediate postpartum period, one postpartum follow up visit and unlimited telephone support afterwards until baby is 6 weeks old. Package: £990
You know you need to start planning for what comes after birth but not sure where to begin? Most people have some kind of birthing plan but making a postnatal plan is equally important. This will help you put the right support in place and get you thinking about how to take care of your own wellbeing and recover from birth. The session (at your home or by video call) also includes prompts for important conversations to have with your partner or co-parent about how you can best work together as a team. Two hours session: £60
Daytime postpartum care
20 hours block (minimum of 3 hours at a time, for up to 6 weeks after birth) to allow you for complete reset, catch up on what makes you feel whole, my doula care is catered to you and your family’s needs. My support includes: being a listening ear (sharing practical knowledge, de-briefing on your birth story, supporting you emotionally), setting you up for success ( referrals to more specialist support if needed, providing you with evidence-based information, reminding you are an amazing new parent and not to be hard on yourself!) , new-born care (soothing, cuddling, baby wear, cloth nappies, bathing), infant feeding and troubleshooting breastfeeding issues, giving you your time back (helping with light household chores, taking baby for walks, meal and snack preparation)My doula services vary by family. Let’s discuss how you can feel most supported! Package: £400
Ad-hoc postpartum care
£20 per hour: Just need support to fill in the gaps? This one’s for you! Customisable hours to fit your routines, minimum 4 hour shifts for hourly bookings, let me know what would be most helpful for you. I also offer virtual support should you prefer it.
I look forward to hearing from you! x