Postnatal (Mentored)Birth (Recognised since May 2017)
Lives in: Brighton BN2
Local info and availability:
East Sussex, parts of West Sussex and surrey
Closing the bones practitioner. Sacred shamanic drum healing practitioner. Facilitator of ceremonies and ritual.
I am passionate about positive birthing, and creating a positive supportive environment in the early days with your new baby.
I am a mama of four children. I was a teenage mum with my first and an older mum with my youngest, I had one in hospital and three of my babies at home. Ever since I had my first baby I knew I wanted to work with pregnant mum’s, the passion grew with each of my children’s birth’s, as I learned more about child birth. I knew I definitely wanted to be a Doula after attending my sisters first home birth, it was the most amazing experience to be a part of.
I have often felt I wanted to be a midwife but life obstacles often get in the way of the training. I was booked on the training for 2016 but I felt it would be too much in the end with my growing family, and so my family booked me on a Doula training course.
I trained initially with Conscious Birthing and registered with Doula UK, I knew immediately I had found my niche in life.
I also trained as a Breastfeeding / Feeding Peer Supporter with Sussex Community NHS Trust in 2008, and worked actively for two years in a parent and baby play group supporting families around feeding. I recently re-took the training in 2014 and now work on the postnatal wards at my local hospital supporting new parents.
I have also breast fed all my babies long term so understand fully the stresses, strains and loveliness breast feeding brings.
My philosophy I would say in brief is that I feel empowering women to completely trust their bodies is key to birthing positively as well as creating an environment both parents are comfortable in. I am also a believer that knowledge is power, so the more you learn about your options during your pregnancy, the more positive your birthing story will be.
As your doula I will support you in doing what is right for you without judgement. I can help you in research, birth preparation, creating a birth plan. I will support you, your partner, and midwives during labour to help enable you a positive birth experience. I will also provide important post natal nurture and support. I have interests in meditation for pregnancy, herbalism and homeopathy.
All that I offer will all depend on what you want and need, and can change as your journey evolves.
Being a doula for me is an absolute honour, I know my skills will evolve with each new experience, it is for me also a spiritual experience as much as a physical role. I really feel pregnancy and birth is one of the most important rites of passage life offers and will do my best as your doula to support you in honouring your journey to becoming parents.
If you are interested in meeting up or have any question’s I will look forward to meeting you.
CPD days and training attended:
Breast Feeding Peer Support Training, with Sussex Community NHS Trust, 2009, retaken in 2014.
Rebozo and Closing The Bones, May 2016
Closing The Bones – with Developing Doulas, Sophie Messeger, May 2017
Water Birth Study Day – with Dianne Garland, January 2016
Time to heal, supporting women after assisted conception, NHS, September 2016
Infant Feeding with Maureen Michen, June 2016
Birth Story Healing with Rachel Weber , May 2016
Reframing Birth Midwifery Conference, July 2017
Spinning Babies, July 2017
Microbirth, September 2017
NLP for Birth Professionals with Mark Harris, November 2017
Aromatherapy For BSUH Maternity Services, for Midwives, Student Midwives and Doulas, March 2018
Sacred Drumming for Pregnancy and Birth, two year training, 2017 – 2018
Red Tent Advanced Doula training, April 2018