Birth (Recognised since May 2019)
Lives in: Stokenchurch HP14
Local info and availability:
Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire
Hypnobirthing, Closing the Bones, Three Step Rewind (for birth and breastfeeding trauma) and Rebozo.
Since 2014, I’ve been supporting expectant parents through Hypnobirthing. After many of my clients asked me to provide support to them at their births, I decided it was time to begin this journey and became a Doula in 2018.
I specialise in supporting women who have fear or anxiety around giving birth. As I am experienced in using Hypnobirthing I support many couples who have learned Hypnobirthing techniques as part of their birth preparation, or I also offer a complete package that includes a full birth preparation including the very best of Hypnobirthing combined with more traditional antenatal education. However, I do recognise that Hypnobirthing isn’t for everyone and I have supported many people who haven’t used this birth preparation.
Previously I have undertaken a variety of voluntary roles with NCT. I now volunteer in my local community running a busy Positive Birth Movement group for local and expectant new parent. I am also a Service User Representative on the Buckinghamshire NHS Maternity Voices Partnership, working as part of a team of women and their families, midwives and doctors who work together to review and contribute to the development of local maternity care.
In addition to these roles, I am a qualified Breastfeeding Peer Supporter with Buckinghamshire NHS Maternity Services. I volunteer alongside Health Care Professionals giving valuable infant feeding support and time to new mums, however they choose to feed their babies.
I am passionate about supporting families from pregnancy through to the early days with their new baby. It is important to me that you feel powerful throughout your pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. It matters to me that you have choices, and that you feel heard, safe, protected and loved.
When I’m not working I love to read, spend time outdoors and my current favourite physical activities are running, swimming and this summer I’m trying to get to grips with stand-up paddleboarding (something I never thought I’d do, but such fun). I am by no means a gym bunny though!
I generally cover an area up to a one hour drive from Stokenchurch. I support births across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and parts of West London at hospitals including Cotswold Birth Centre (Chipping Norton), Horton General (Banbury), John Radcliffe (Oxford), Hillingdon, Royal Berkshire (Reading), Stoke Mandeville (Aylesbury), Wallingford Birth Centre, Wexham Park (Slough) and Wycombe Birth Centre as well as home births. If you live or plan to birth somewhere that is more than a one hour drive from Stokenchurch, do please contact me as I may well be able to support you.
For postnatal work I generally cover a 10 miles radius from Stokenchurch and tend to work in towns such as Beaconsfield, Bourne End, Henley, High Wycombe, Maidenhead, Marlow, Oxford, Princes Risborough, Thame and Wallingford. If you live further afield, do please contact me as we may well be able to find a way for me to be able to support you.