Postnatal (Recognised since June 2011)Birth (Recognised since March 2011)
Lives in: Henley on Thames RG9
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As your birth Doula I can offer continuity of care and am available to work in the early days and weeks in the post natal period. I often travel up to and over hour so you'd be surprised of the area's I can cover 😉
Antenatal preparation for home & hospital birth. Rebozo for comfort, foetal positioning & more. Induction. Vaginal birth after caesarean. Gentle Caesarean. Home & Water birth. Pregnancy & Labour Massage. Aromatherapy Head Hand Foot Massage. Baby massage. Breast feeding support.
Hello my name is Callie, I became a Doula eight years ago my daughter had read an article about the world of Doulas and suggested that I should train as, she felt that other prospective mothers would benefit from my nurturing, supportive and calm presence that I gave her during the births of my four grandchildren. Since then I have supported many couples seeking external help for different reasons. Families today have busy life styles and internal support for the mother to be may not be as readily available. Many women find themselves increasingly isolated from relatives or friends who can play a helpful role during their pregnancies and labour simply due to the time available to the care giver. Often, what a mum wants more than anything else is to talk to someone about her hopes, worries, and expectations, and generally how she is feeling. I have gained much experience over the years mainly with mothers who’s first births left them dissatisfied and disempowered. Fathers who wanted to help support their partners and share in the birthing environment and more. My passion for the work I do is to help make the outcome of a woman’s, and their partner’s journey a positive and memorable one.
All labours are unique and even with siblings. A woman can have a totally different birthing experience. I believe women should give birth where they feel most comfortable, I support your choices however you chose to birth, whether it’s a home birth or a medicalised one in hospital. Generally women who have had the benefit of a Doula have said they have had an enhanced experience and/or a quicker birth. Whilst pregnancy is a miracle, it does present many issues where a Doula can assist where you have to make some important decisions. I provide valuable assistance and help you get the information you need so that your choices become properly informed choices. I offer continuous support delivered in a warm, sensitive and caring way, whether you want to give birth naturally, with medication, or are planning a home birth or a C-section. I will help you to relax and feel confident, and assist with labouring and birth positions, whilst offering reassurance and encouregment. I also support father to be, to ensure that he feels needed and confident. I usually meet with the prospective parents in the second or third trimester of pregnancy for us to get to know each other better and to learn about prior birth experiences and/or the history of the current pregnancy.
2009 – Birth & Postnatal Doula Course Nurturing Birth with Valerie Goedkoop
2009 – Paediatric First Aid Training Surrey First Aid
2009 – Water Birth Study Day with Diane Garland
2010 – Birth Crisis workshop with Sheila and Celia Kitzinger
2010 – Doula UK Study Day with Jack Newman, world renowned breastfeeding author
2010 – Home Birth Study Day with Marie Coveney
2010 – Breast Feeding Study Day with Maddie McMahon
2010 – Nurturing Birth Experienced Doula Study Day with Kicki Hansard Doula of the Year
2011 – Rebozo Course with Sarah Montague
2011 – Twin Study Day with Naomi Kemeny
2011 – Childbirth Study Day Towards a paradigm shift with Michel Odent
2011 Breech Presentation Study Day with Joy Homer & Shawn Walker
2012 Spinning Babies Workshop with Gail Tully
2012 Legal Birth Rights Workshop with Paul Golden Midwife & Rights Advocate
2012 Baby Massage Diploma with Peter Walker
2012 – Midwifery & Nursing Bereavement Study Day with Jade Deverill & Claire Jarrett
2012 – The Sexual Experience of Birth with Sheila Kitzinger & Celia Kitzinger
2012 – Antenatal Focus on Fear with Rebecca wright
2012 – Hypnobirthing and EFT Emotional Freedom Technique Study Day with Catherine Stott
2013 – Water Birth Workshop with Liz Nightingale Update my kniowledge
2013 – Practical Skill to Prevent & Resolve Malpresentation with Magical Birth
2013 – Paediatric First Aid Course with First 2 Your Aid. Renewal
2013 – Aromatherapy Workshop with Wysewomen Nicola Goodhall. Update
2013 – Introduction to Homeopathy Pregnancy & Child birth with Lucy Tiereira RSHOM
2013 – Childhood Sexual Abuse on Adult & Childbearing Women and Their Caregivers with Penny Simpkin
2013 – Indian Head Massage Diploma with Geraldine Wachholz
2014 – Facilitating Blessingway Ceremonies with Keeley Farringdon
2014 – Listening & Practical Skills Study Day with Ashley Macdonald
2014 – Bringing Us All Together Inspiring M/w’s Mary Cronk Virginia Howes Lesley Page Sheena Byrom
2014 – Physiological Birth Promoting Normality Health Care Professionals within the Maternity Services
2015 – Birthing for Blokes with Mark Harris
2015 – The Pelvic Floor Anatomy Function & Rehabilitation Facilitator Alexandra Keating.
2015 Maternity, Midwifery & Baby Conference at Middlesex University
2016 – Paediatric & Emergency Life Support 1st Aid. Facilitator Margaret McAuiffe
2016 – BFN Breastfeeding Network Study Day
2017 – Babies and Breathing Day
2017 – Doula UK Conference
I hold a child and paediatric first aid certificateand a current CRB.I am fully insured. I regularly attend Home Birth Meetings andoften attend courses, workshops, and training sessions, as I feel it is important to improve on my skills and stay current with related topics. All certificates provided on request.
I have supported many couples seeking external help for different reasons. Whether it’s for much neededbirth preparation, or for the birth of their baby, or forinvaluable postnatal support.
As a birth DoulaIhave given support to many women and their partners at home, in the Hospital environment and in theatre where there has been no advocate for the birthing woman.
I use Aromatherapy massage and pressure points, to help mother to be feel relaxed, calm and confident.I have given support to women by using a variety of skills with various change of positions, comfort measures, movement and breathing techniques. Rebozo which is prevention, facilitating good positioning throughout pregnancy so there is less need for a ‘cure’ at the end of pregnancy or in labour. I offer Aroma Massage in pregnancy and labour. Indian Head massage. In the postnatal period I have helped women and their families for much needed support and guidance with Breast feeding support. Baby Massage therapy. Breast feeding support, Bespoke Chocolates & Aroma Oil Epsom Bath Salts. Please take a look at my web site for more information.