Postnatal (Recognised since October 2022)
Lives in: Salisbury SP1
Local info and availability:
Salisbury, Andover, Stockbridge, Fordingbridge, Romsey, Whiteparish, Alderbury
About me, experience and training:
My primary role at the moment is being a mother to 3 very busy boys – James, born 2016 & twins Max & Toby, born 2019. Surprisingly working as a Postnatal doula is a great fit around our busy home life! It’s a vocation that fills me up and allows me to share this sacred, exciting & sometimes overwhelming time with mothers and families usually during the first 3-4 months after birth.
As well as my first hand experience of bringing twin babies into the world I have worked extensively with twin families (as well as single babies) to help them find their feet, offer a safe & non-judgemental sounding board and be the practical and emotional support that is so very needed with any number of newborns!
My mission is always to walk alongside families to help them find their own ways, striving to explain biologically normal newborn behaviours whilst offering encouragement and practical solutions to help make sense of this new ‘job’ that is being a parent.
Alongside my private Doula practice I worked with Homestart Epsom, Ewell & Banstead for a year as a home-visiting volunteer and Perinatal Infant Mental Health (PIMH) co-ordinator. I worked in group settings and on a 1-2-1 basis with mothers experiencing mild to moderate mental health conditions and I am a trained mental health first aider.
I am trained to deliver emotional health focused courses ‘Welcome to the World’ [delivered antenatally] & ‘Nurture Programme for Parents’ [delivered to parents with children of all ages] which aim to provide the ‘building blocks for all emotionally healthy relationships, and are particularly important in forming emotionally healthy relationships between parent and child’.
Other completed training courses include:
Lyndsey Hookway’s Holistic Sleep mini Coaching course
Elaine Goodman’s Homeopathy for Pregnancy, Childbirth & Postnatal
Younique Postnatal’s Intuitive Feeding Course [on-going]
I can offer several ways to work together:
– Postnatal Planning sessions (in person or virtually)
Delivered antenatally these sessions help to put the postnatal period into a cultural context, help you to know what to expect physically and emotionally, give ideas on how to support a newborns’ transition from womb to world and equip you with a better understanding of the 4th Trimester and it’s potential pitfalls and challenges
- In-home, face to face support
Typically 2-4 hours per session – including but not limited to infant feeding support (breast-, bottle- & combi-), practical support such as washing up, light housework duties, baby care whilst parents’ rest, care of the wider family including partners, older siblings, pets as well as an all important cup of tea and shoulder to cry (or laugh!) on!
– Face to face or Virtual ‘Check-in service’
An opportunity to speak about your experiences focusing on the 2, 6, 12 & 16 weeks milestones. Using gentle and intuitive prompts we can explore any issues you might be experiencing, discuss topics of interest or stress, de-brief about life with a newborn, review parental emotional and mental health and wellbeing, physical recovery, relationships and more.
What previous Mothers have said about the support I provided:
‘Becca has always been super supportive and extremely professional, always on hand to answer my questions however small. Before you have children, you don’t realise how much you worry or overthink about whether or not you’re doing the right thing. Becca has a natural way of putting you at ease and provides lots if solutions to try. In particular, Becca has been a source of info on exclusively breastfeeding my second son. She’s been on hand to help when things haven’t gone as smoothly at the start and has also been on hand when I’ve wanted to start combine feeding. She’s always the first person I’d ask advice from.’
‘Life as a New Mum is exciting and special but it’s also extremely overwhelming. There are so many books, blogs and websites giving so much differing advice. When I was swamped with hormones and confused from lack of sleep, Becca was there to help me through, keep me sane and direct me. I found her advice and support so much more useful than the doctors, midwives and other qualified professionals. She was able to help me push for a tongue tie diagnosis without even seeing my baby when many others had missed it – that should be recommendation enough. Becca also helped me to find a feeding process that suited me – not just the blanket recommendations you are given by health professionals but one that worked for me and my baby. She was always there to explain what I was experiencing and what I should expect or sometimes just to listen. I will recommend her services to all my friends and if I’m lucky enough to have any more children I will be needing her support again!’
I hope you found the above of interest and if you would like to arrange a time to chat (either in person or over the phone) then please do get in touch. Becca Welham