Birth (Recognised since October 2019)
Lives in: Claygate KT10
Local info and availability:
I live in Claygate, KT10 and will happily work in all the local areas including Esher, Epsom, Chessington, East & West Molesey, Thames Ditton & Long Ditton, Walton on Thames, New Malden, Worcester Park, Kingston, Tolworth, Epsom, Morden - All KT postcodes. I drive so am also more than happy to venture further afield - extending to London - North and Central Surrey (Guildford etc) - Middlesex (Twickenham, Uxbridge etc)
Birth Doula - (Regognised) - Antenatal planning and information; labour and birth attendance. 4th Trimester Preparation Sessions - Expectations, reality, goals Postnatal Doula - Practical and emotional support during the first few weeks with your new baby. Night Support - ad hoc or scheduled regular nights.
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A little bit about me: I live in Claygate KT10 and have two wonderful daughters who are now young adults making their own way in the world. Being part of their journey into strong independent women has been a huge privilege but, now that they need me in a less practical way, I am thrilled to have been able to start working as a doula.
The biggest honour as a doula is being able to support people to prepare for a calm and positive birth experience. However you chose to have your baby, I will support you in those preferences – home birth, birth centre, labour ward, elective Caesarean Birth – the choice really is yours. My role is to help you source the information, skills and power to make those decisions and to communicate them to your medical care givers.
Birth Doula: As your birth doula I will meet you (and your partner )at least twice before your birth day so we get to know each other. We will discuss and clarify your preferences and work out how best to support you both when the time comes for your baby to be born. This includes looking at various techniques (breathing, movement, relaxation and visualisation, massage and counter-pressure and more) that you may find helpful whilte coping with the sensations of labour. When the time comes to put that into practice I will be there to remind you (and your partner) of everything you have within you but in those times when you want privacy and seclusion I will fade into the background.
Once your baby is born I will stay with you to help you settle, give baby their first feed, tidy up – most non-medical things really – then step away to allow you space with your new family. I will visit you at least once when your baby has been born so we can run through your birth experience; answer any questions you may have; look at any other local support you may need etc and I’m still available to answer questions and offer remote support until your baby is 6 weeks old.
Postnatal Doula: Once you have your new baby you will be adjusting to a whole new family, whether this is your first baby or you are growing your family. The dynamics and practicalities change and it’s nice to have someone around who understands what you have just achieved; how you are feeling; the concerns and fears you may have. I aim to offer you that practical and emotional support especially during the Fourth Trimester (the first six weeks or so of your new life with your baby).
I won’t take over your baby care for you but will support you as you grow into this and give you space to rest and learn about each other.
I hope this gives you an insight into me and what I can offer. If you have any questions, please do get in touch to arrange a no-obligation meeting or a chat on the phone. If I don’t have the chance to say this to you in person,
“good luck with your pregnancy and have a wonderful birth”.
Continued Professional Development – I regularly attend courses to add to my skills and increase my knowledge.
Birthbliss Academy Aspiring Doula Training June 2018
Birthbliss Academy Antenatal and Birth Preparation Workshop November 2018
Love & Loss Project Webinar March 2019
The Facts About Induction Webinar May 2019
Epidurals and Labour Webinar July 2019
Supporting Mulitples Webinar July 2019
Ask Me Womens’ Aid Community Ambassador Training July 2019
Reclaiming the Postpartum August 2019
Breastfeeding Through Vulnerability October 2019
Gathering in the Knowledge – Sarah Wickham September 2019
Home Start Volunteer Training – October/November 2019
Cultural Safety Workshop – December 2019