Postnatal (Recognised since May 2016)
Birth (Recognised since May 2015)
Lives in: Kingston upon Thames KT2
Local info and availability:
I cover Kingston, Surbiton, New Malden, Wimbledon, Hampton, Putney, Wandsworth, Acton, Ealing, Twickenham, Richmond etc., all the surrounding areas in SW London and Surrey: KT1, KT2, KT3, KT4, KT5, KT6, KT7, KT8, KT9, KT10, KT11, KT12, KT13, KT14, KT15, KT16, KT17, TW1, TW2, TW3, TW4, TW5, TW6, TW7, TW8, TW9, TW10, TW11, TW12, TW13, TW14, TW15, TW16, TW17, TW18, SW2, SW3, SW4, SW5, SW6, SW7, SW8, SW9, SW10, SW11, SW12, SW1, SW14, SW15, SW16, SW17, SW18. SW19, SW20.
Languages spoken other than English:
I co-run the Creative Birth Journey Urban Day Retreat (Ante Natal class) in Kingston. I am a volunteer peer supporter with Kingston Hospital's community infant feeding clinic. I facilitate Mother Blessings and Postnatal ceremonies. I was the Chair of the Kingston Maternity Voices Partnership from 2019-2021.
Since 2009 my profession is all about babies, children, families and birth. I am passionate about supporting women and their partners to be empowered, to find their inner knowing, and to have confidence in their pregnancy, birth and parenthood journeys. I am quiet, gentle, easy going, and fun loving, and I fully support the choices a couple makes for their pregnancy and birth without judgement.
As a birth doula I will help you and your partner to create that space, the optimal environment, to birth your baby. Prior to the birth, we will meet at least 3 to 4 times antenatally to discuss what you have in mind for your birth and I will fully support your choices. I will believe in you and you will feel empowered and will trust yourself. I will come to you when you need me for your labour and you and your partner will feel supported and listened to. Then after the birth, I will visit you again to offer you the chance to debrief your experience, listening to both you and your partner the talk about how you felt it all went. I will answer any questions you may have and help you get off to the right start with feeding your baby.
As a Postnatal doula I will help you in those beautiful early days of your baby’s life, for as long as you think you need, and nourish you with my expertise. I provide emotional, informational and practical support, drawing upon my 10+ years of experience of working with families, and my continual adding to my practice with learning and building upon my skills. I can cook for you and your family, do light housekeeping, help with chores or projects, and be there to listen to your birth story, your concerns and your questions. You can sleep and feel restored and refreshed. You can feel nourished and listened to. You will feel reassured and will gain confidence. I will be there for you. If you have older children, I can muck in with them too, relying on my skills having been an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted Registered Childminder for 12 years, so you feel rest assured that they too are tended to.
I have specialist infant feeding knowledge having trained with the Centre for Breastfeeding Education, a Royal College of Midwives accredited lactation course, towards becoming a Lactation Consultant. I can support in breastfeeding and safe bottle feeding. I also work part-time for the NHS as an Infant Feeding Supporter at a London hospital.
Additionally, I have training in perinatal mental health, supporting women on how to cope with perinatal trauma or anxiety. I am trained in the 3 Step Rewind Technique for birth or perinatal trauma. I have been volunteering with the PANDAS Foundation, a charity and community offering peer support to those with perinatal mental illness, since June 2021.
Below are what some Birth Clients have said about me:
“We were so lucky to have Erin as our Doula. From the moment we met, her serenity, empathy and warmth instantly put us at ease. She has been an incredible source of support through pregnancy, birth and beyond and we have really benefited from her wisdom and kindness.
“We are so grateful to have had Erin as part of our birthing team. She is always reliable, responsive, professional, evidence-based and fully committed to enhancing the birth experience you want to have whatever that may be. Our birth threw us the unique and completely unforseen curveball of a global pandemic (!) which resulted in some changes to the birth plan as a result of government and hospital policy. At every stage Erin was all over every piece of guidance and every option available from the hospital and the government and was able to offer us the full suite of virtual support and complete assistance in reviewing our birth plan. It was unchartered territory for us and so many other couples.
However, at every stage (including the final two nights in a row she stayed up with us assisting, advising and comforting) I know that we were in such a better place having that hand to hold enabling us to stay calm and relaxed and ultimately to improve and enhance our birth experience. COVID has challenged us all in very different ways, but I now know the true depth of support and assistance great doulas like Erin can offer and it really is very humbling. Thank you, Erin!” Hannah and George, May, 2020
“We’re so lucky to have Erin in our lives ❤️ Her varied, holistically global toolbox of support has made her the most flexible and accommodating Birth and Post-Natal Doula one could ask for. Not only does she fulfill my need for less traditional and more alternative motherly care, but she’s an encyclopedia of knowledge to my partner who much more prefers the researched science side of things!” Lena, November 2019
“My husband thought Erin was the perfect birth partner. He said they spoke to one another with their eyes and worked together perfectly for what I needed. He had the best experience that a dad could have. ” Carolina
“I had a wonderful natural birth in May 2015. My husband and I don’t know what we would have done without our amazing doula Erin. From the moment we met Erin we clicked. I felt an easy sense of comfort around her. I knew she would be perfect. We got to know her over two antenatal appointments where she took us through fear and anxiety release exercises, really preparing me for my labour. Looking back, we don’t know what we would have done without Erin. With Erin’s support I was able to have the beautiful birth that I wanted, overcoming my fears, and bringing my baby safely in to the world.” Leena
“Erin is a brilliant, attentive, considerate, patient doula. She was a calming reassuring presence. She is intuitive and imaginative and kept Claire calm during a frenetic 20 minute race to hospital. After baby was born, she was very helpful, looking after Claire’s needs, making sure she had all she wanted. She is a very friendly, approachable person who puts people at ease. I would recommend her extremely highly to any of my friends.” Mark
Below are what some Post Natal Clients have said about me:
“Having Erin as our doula for postnatal support has been invaluable to us. In the beginning I had doubts about my ability to breastfeed but Erin’s pre birth breastfeeding session gave me the initial confidence that I needed going into this as a first time mom. After the birth of my son, the first few days and weeks were particularly challenging as he had jaundice but Erin was there for us throughout this difficult time. If we had any questions or concerns she was only a WhatsApp away.
From teaching us how to soothe our baby to sleep, to showing me how to navigate through the struggles of breastfeeding, Erin’s support has been priceless.
She is also an excellent cook and she helped us by prepare delicious meals for my family – a huge support during the early days of learning how to take care of a newborn. I wholeheartedly recommend Erin!” Nandita
“Not sure what I’d do without Erin’s virtual support! My daughter was born in the second week of March, and Erin was due to start as my Postnatal Doula just as London went into lockdown. Even though I haven’t been able to have Erin over to be with my daughter and me because of the current situation, Erin has been a fantastic support to me so far over the first four weeks of my daughter’s life, via FaceTime, telephone and text. We speak every other day or so and she shares with me her advice, knowledge and research and I ask all of the questions under the sun, so far relating to nappy rash, tongue tie, feeding (breast, bottle with expressed milk and formula), nappies, baby behaviour, dummies, sleep, wind, colic, my feelings, etc. The list is ongoing as the days go by! I originally wanted a post-natal Doula for those early weeks after having a baby, as I didn’t know what to expect from my life as a new Mummy, and thought I’d need the support and reassurance from someone who knows what they’re doing and talking about, and that’s exactly what I’m getting. I’m not sure how I’d be without Erin, especially at a time like this!” Hannah L. March/April, 202
“Erin’s kind, gentle nature, her patient ear, her vast knowledge and insatiable interest in all things mama and baby, make her a really special doula. I felt incredibly lucky to have her and truly don’t think I would have survived without her!” Fran, January 2020
“I can’t recommend Erin highly enough. She was the epitome of calm and kindness in those whirlwind first few months when it’s total chaos! I had an elective C-Section and wasn’t sure whether I wanted doula support, but it turned out she was just the the right fit for me and what I needed. I immediately felt at ease with her, trusted her implicitly around my baby, who instantly took to her, and valued her wisdom which was never forced on me but always gratefully received. As well as the advice and reassurance she was just a great listener and allowed me to take some small Time Outs to have a bath, go to a yoga class, get a breath of fresh air or simply sit in another room and have a moment all of which made me feel slightly more human! All safe in the knowledge my baby was in the best care.” Jo
“Erin is very knowledgeable and enormously interested in birth, babies and mothering. She is warm hearted and non judgemental. I had major breastfeeding issues which we chatted through – she was very supportive to me at this time. I looked forward to her coming, nothing was ever too much trouble. I consider Erin a friend now.” Ruth
“Erin is a warm, funny and kind person who instantly puts you at your ease. She is a caring and nurturing person and is very comfortable to be around. I felt safe and supported with her. She is gentle and a great listener, very sympathetic and caring. She was great with my toddler and also wonderfully caring and engaged with my baby. I felt very able to open up to her and offload. I also would ask her advice which she would give as suggestions, and often after researching first. She would roll up her sleeves as soon as she arrived and would tidy up; she was a huge help and was always looking for things to do. She was great at making food for us too.” Charlotte
“Erin was so helpful. She did chores and babycare. She was compassionate and gave me confidence in my ability as a mum. She sympathised with my difficulties. I couldn’t have survived without her.” Felicity
“I strongly recommend Erin as a doula to everyone. She is someone who truly loves to be with babies and kids, she is knowledgeable as a doula and she is an amazing chef who can easily make delicious food even with simple instructions I gave to her.” Vicky
“Erin is a lovely empathetic person to have in your home. She is also a great cook!” C.
“My husband and I were the luckiest when Erin came to help us after our baby girl, Tomiko, was born. Erin was incredibly caring, compassionate, and helped us so very much during those trying first few weeks. We are from Argentina so when living in London we didn’t have our family close by. Erin was there to support us and help us through it all. All I can say is THANK GOODNESS she was there with us. Her experience gave us confidence and she taught us so much. You and your family will in the best hands with her.” Veronica
“Erin supported me during my first anxious months as a mum of twins. She helped me look after them and keep the house running but most importantly allowed me to get some much needed sleep. I appreciated her calmness in the face of my uncertainty and her vast experience and knowledge was invaluable in navigating those early weeks.” Anupa
“Erin provided wonderful post natal doula support to me when my son was born. She covered for a few sessions while my regular post natal doula was away and I really appreciated her help. Living away from family meant that we needed additional support. She listened, provided support, and helped cook some tasty meals for us. This allowed me to rest and recover. Erin’s knowledge is extensive and current – which I found very helpful. She provided information and completely supported the decisions I made. I would highly recommend her services.” Christle
A bit more about me:
I have two children; my daughter was born in February 2006 and my son in January 2008. Until March 2020, I worked for 12 years as an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted Registered Childminder and have extensive knowledge in child development and the Early Years. I have a deep interest in learning about other cultures and countries. I love to cook and bake and spend a lot of time with my children in the kitchen. I love to read and am a bit of a compulsive book buyer. My current genres are parenting, child development, and birth. I believe strongly in the value of women supporting other women and I wish to do my small part in the big experience of helping a woman bring life into the world. I embrace unconditional, non-judgmental support and know the value of full attention listening and of having companionship in what can sometimes feel an isolating time. I was the resident host of the Kingston SW London Red Tent so am well used to holding space for others.
Birth and Postnatal Doula Training with Developing Doulas (Nov, 2013)
Birth Doula Training with Paramana Doulas (Oct, 2013)
Continuous Professional Development:
Pediatric First Aid Training (February, 2023)
- Through the Dark Lens Conference, Abuela Doulas and the Association of South Asian Midwives CIC, (February 2023)
Breastfeeding and Relationship Building Course, Baby Friendly Initiative, UNICEF (November 2022)
Perinatal Mental Health, Institute of Health visitors, (Feb – March, 2022)
Fathers Perinatal Mental Health, (February 2022)
- Doula UK Conference, (January 2022)
Solution Focused Questions, Mentor Training, SFPossibilities, (Dec 2021)
- Postnatal Check In, Younique Postnatal, (November 2021)
Rocio’s Wisdom: Healing for Women, Workshop for birthworkers and therapists, with Rocio Alarcon, (October 2021)
Trauma Informed Workshop with Kate Woods from Trauma Informed Education, (October 2021)
Cultural Competency workshop with Abuela Doulas, (November 2021)
Mātram Consulting’s ‘Learning to Unlearn’ anti-racism training with Pavithra Atul Sarma, Anti-racism consultant (July 2021)
Infection Prevention and Control Coronavirus (COVID-19) update training with the Royal Borough of Kingston (March, 2021)
- Understanding Newborns, Younique Postnatal (July 2020)
- Understanding Reflux, Younique Postnatal (June 2020)
- Postnatal Planning, Younique Postnatal (May 2020)
- Lactation education training with Breastfeeding London (June 2018-May 2019)
- “Deeper” Closing the Bones Training with Sophie Messager (March 2018)
- Birth Trauma Recovery with the 3 Step Rewind Technique with Alex Heath at Traumatic Birth Recovery (March 2018)
- Shamanic Dimensions of Pregnancy, School of Shamanic Womancraft with Jane Hardwicke-Collings (February 2018 and May 2020)
- Closing the Bones Training with Sophie Messager, (October 2017)
- 2 Day Paediatric First Aid (October, 2017)
- Promoting Positive Mental Health in Children 0-10, (October, 2017)
- Pregnancy and Ayurveda with Alma Health Ayruveda (September, 2016)
- Birth Art with Virginia Boboro at Birthing From Within (May, 2016)
- When Survivors Give Birth with Penny Simkin (April, 2016)
- Pelvic Floor Workshop with Cherry Baker (Nov, 2015)
- Sacred Pregnancy Teacher Training (Oct, 2015)
- Sacred Post Partum Mother Roasting Workshop (Oct, 2015)
- “Giving Mothers a Map” Study Day with Natalie Meddings (June 2015)
- 2 Day Paediatric First Aid (Jan, 2015)
- Dynamic Positions in Birth with Margaret Jowitt (Nov 2014)
- Conception, Birth and Beyond, by Geoffrey Montague Smith, D.O., MD, Wise Traditions (Weston A Price) Conference, (Feb, 2014)
- Healthy Pregnancy, by Sally Fallon Morell, Wise Traditions (Weston A Price) Conference, (Feb, 2014)
- How to Have a Healthy Immunity, by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD, Wise Traditions (Weston A Price) Conference, (Feb, 2014)
- Breastfeeding Workshop for Doulas, Pt 2, with Anna Page, Lactation Consultant (Jan, 2014)
- Breastfeeding Workshop for Doulas with Anna Page, Lactation Consultant (Sept, 2013)
- Food Hygiene Course (June, 2013)
- Level 3 Diploma in The Children’s and Young People’s Workforce (April, 2013)
- 2 day course in Paediatric first aid (updated every 3 years) (Jan, 2015)
- Enhanced CRB check (2009)
My Specialties: I hold Mother Blessings for pregnant women. (Also known as Blessingways.) Mother Blessings are a magical gathering of female friends and family for the mother to be. I bring the women together and I guide us all to shower love, friendship and pampering on the expectant mother all in aid of emotionally preparing her for birth and her journey in to motherhood. I am the Co-Creator of the Creative Birth Journey urban day retreat with Nadia Raafat. The Creative Birth Journey is a doula-inspired birth preparation retreat where we engage in creative, deep and reflective work with the pregnant mamas and include fear release, affirmation cards, a blessingway, guided meditation, and pregnancy yoga among other things. Our workshop is offered quarterly in either Kingston upon Thames. I offer Postnatal ceremonies honouring mothers and the pregnancy and birth journey they have been on. I offer Birth Art sessions for women to deepen their understanding of their pregnancy journeys. I advocate for improvements in maternity services in my role as Chair of the Kingston Maternity Voices Partnership.
- I have been a Birth Doula to couples both at home and at hospital, and to first, second, third and fourth time babies!
- In 2006 I had a hospital birth at Kingston Hospital with my first child. In 2008 I had a home water birth with my second child. I had the same doula for both births.
- I have my own experience with Hypnobirthing, Bowen Technique and acupuncture for inducing labour when overdue.
- I was an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted Registered Childminder from 2009-2020 (useful for postnatal doula support if you have an older child.).
- I volunteered with Home Birth Kingston, a community support group for parents interested in learning more about the option of a home birth.
- I volunteer with the Kingston Maternity Voices Partnership, helping families get their voices heard so we can all contribute to improving maternity services.
- I volunteered for the Kingston NCT, serving on their committee.
- I was a volunteer with the Kingston and Merton Real Nappy Network.