Birth (Recognised since September 2012)
Lives in: Cookham Dean SL6
Local info and availability:
I cover Reading, Maidenhead, Cookham, Windsor, Burnham, Taplow, Marlow, High Wycombe, Bourne End, Flackwell Heath
Languages spoken other than English:
Thirty years experience as an osteopath specialising in mothers and babies
I am a mother of three children, Luca, 30, Arendall, 28 and Ethan, 24. My first was born in hospital attended by the community midwife and my husband. My other two were born at home with an independent midwife. My husband was there too, of course. My rock. All three births were amazing and empowering and I feel fortunate to have had such positive experiences.
I am also an paediatric osteopath and have spent 30 years looking after mothers and their babies. So many sad and tragic birth histories! I realised that if I became a doula, maybe I could help prevent another tragic story, one woman at a time.
I believe in women. I believe in the power of their bodies to give birth. The human body is such an amazing and versatile, robust and adaptable creation of nature that I am always left spellbound by its ability and resilience. No where more so than in the process of birth. It is the most awe inspiring aspect of the natural world.
Women deserve to experience birth without fear, without rules and regulations, without threat or judgment.
Educating women on the physiological process of birth and the choices they could be making about their birth, either in hospital, birthing centre, or home can help women get in touch with their own wisdom about their labour and what they envision for themselves and their baby. Knowing how your body does this wonderful task can lessen the fear and dispel myths surrounding childbirth.
You can listen to my 2020 talk about labour and childbirth here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvkffecnOaM
You can visit my doula page on this link:
1985 BSc in Biology
1990 DO (British School of Osteopathy)
Career of continuing professional development in Cranial Osteopathy- paediatrics, antenatal, postnatal
2009 MSc in Paediatric Osteopathy including work in SCBU/NICU
2010 Paramana Doula Course with Michel Odent
2010 Breastfeeding Study Day with Maddie McMahon
2010 Doula Study Weekend – Yoga and Breathing, Traditional Birth Skills, Natal Hypnotherapy, Creative Art of Motherhood
2010 Homebirth Study Day with Marie Coveney
2011 Rebozo Workshop with Stacia Smales Hill
2011 Doula Study Weekend – Acupressure/Shiatzu, Maya Abdominal Massage, Workshop Journey: Women of the Red Heron House
2011 Homeopathy for Childbirth
2012 Optimal Foetal Positioning with Renzo Molinari (Osteopath)
2012 Spinning Babies Workshop with Gail Tully
2013 NLP (neurolinguistic programming) Seminar
2013 Homebirth Waterbirth Workshop with Midwife Liz Nightingale
2013 Paediatric CPR certificate renewal with First Steps First Aid
2013 Breastfeeding Study Day
2014 Reflexology for Pregnancy with Clare Cogan
2014 Breastfeeding Lecture with Dr Jack Newman. 2015 Tongue-tie Lecture (ABBP). 2015 Birthing Awareness Workshop with midwife Mark Harris 2016 Positive Birth Conference 2017 Hypnobirthing Conference (Katherine Graves) 2017 Royal Society of Medicine Lecture on Birth Trauma & Injury. 2017 Resuscitation Workshop with Liz Nightingale (IM) 2018 Human Biome in Health and Disease 2018 Evidence Based Birth Webinar – Induction at 39 weeks 2019 Let’s Talk Birth 2019 2019 Saving Lives Conference MMBRACE 2019
I will meet with you and your partner two to three times during your pregnancy depending on your needs and circumstances. I will also answer any questions by phone that pop up along the way as you prepare for your labour. I will be on call ten days before your baby’s estimated date of arrival and until your baby is born. If you like, I can do a paediatric osteopathic check.
I can help you establish breastfeeding. If you experience problems that are beyond my scope of care, I can put you in touch with the right advisors.
I also work closely with a pre- and post-natal yoga teacher as well as a baby massage instructor.
I have experience in home birth, water birth, birth in birthing centre as well as on the labour ward.
If you are interested in speaking to me about having a doula, please phone: 01628 471890