Birth (Recognised since January 2004)
Lives in: Bognor Regis PO22
Local info and availability:
Hampshire, Surrey, East and West Sussex
Homoeopathy, Support after traumatic birth, Breast Feeding counsellor, VBAC Information, Diet and Nutrition. Certified GAPS Practitioner. Placenta Remedies Specialist. Homeopath making homeopathic remedies for women from their placenta, umbilical cord, vernix and breastmilk. Homeopathy only during your pregnancy and labour
Since childhood I have wanted to work with birthing women. It took the birth of my first child to really start teaching me about the needs of birthing women. My first baby was born by caesarean section, the second, at home under water, and my 3rd and 4th on dry land, at home.
I believe that birth is a normal process. Whilst there is a place for medical interventions, most women, with loving support and care are able to give birth to their babies without them. Enabling women to make informed choices leaves them with a great sense of achievement. I offer a debriefing session both for Women who have already given birth, and for first time Mum’s to help overcome any fears or anxieties. I work within one hours driving range of Chichester. So far this has included Windsor, Farnham and Lewes. My Doula package is as follows: I make at least four visits before the birth, to get to know you and your partner, and to ensure that I know what your plans and requirements will be for your labour. My role is flexible to meet your needs, for example, we can work on breathing techniques and comfort measure for labour, your diet, draft a birth plan, learn what your rights are, whatever you need to have the best possible birth experience. I am available for you, 24 hours a day, seven days a week for two weeks either side of your due date (this can be varied) so that you can call me as soon as you are in labour. I stay with you, gently encouraging and nurturing you throughout your labour. I will remain with you for as long as you need after the birth, to ensure that you are comfortable and settled with your new baby. I also support your partner, enabling them to take as full and rewarding a role as needed. We work as a team. This frees you from worrying about your partner during your labour. In a way, I am a non-judgmental Mother, sister and best friend, all rolled into one for you! If you are at home, I will help with housework, to tidy up and clear away so that you can relax and enjoy your baby. After your baby has been born, I will make 2 follow up visits, to debrief your birth, help out in your home with baby care, light housework, and to be a listening ear. I often bring a nourishing home made meal for you! From when you book me, to six weeks after the birth, I am available by telephone and email for support.
I am a La Leche League Leader, so can help with breast feeding support. I am a qualified Homoeopath, offering the additional benefit of Homoeopathic treatment during and after your labour, should you want homoeopathic treatment. I have studied Buteyko Breathing, and use this method to help women and birthing people breathe in a way that enables them to relax and welcome their surges . I also share “The Pink Kit, Birthing Better” with clients. I regularly attend study days on Birth and related subjects, this has included Hypnobirthing and Memories of Birth. I have trained in Spinning Babies techniques with Gail Tully, participated in many workshops, including some led by inspirational people such as Mary Cronk, Ina May Gaskin and Binnie Dansby. I cheerfully offer these skills to you as needed.
I am a Placenta Encapsulation and Placenta Remedies Specialist. As a Homoeopath I make homoeopathic remedies from placenta, vernix, umbilical and breast milk so that parent and baby can benefit for many years from these unique medicines. I also offer a Homeopathic standby service so you can call anytime during your labour.
I am a Doula Mentor with DUK
I have been supporting women who want to give birth after caesarean section (No matter how many) since 1992. This involves providing information about birth, labour and your rights: listening, debriefing and helping women to explore their best options for future births. I work support birth at home, in hospital and even the middle of a field. I have supported women choosing a caesarean birth, both prior to, and during labour, and attended them in theatre during the birth. I am also experienced in Water Birth ( including home twin and breach birth) and hypnobirthing. I am now studying to become a Hypnotherapist. I have helped to set up and run Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC) Support groups. My contact details can be found in various pregnancy and birth books and magazines. Telephone 01243 868440. See me at www.doulafilm.com
I am a Certified GAPS Practitioner ( Nutritionist)