Birth (Recognised since December 2015)
Lives in: Birmingham B45
Local info and availability:
Able to comfortably cover Bromsgrove, Birmingham, Shirley, Halesowen, Redditch, Stourbridge, Worcester and surrounding areas. B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B11, B12, B13, B14, B15, B16, B17, B25, B26, B27, B28, B29, B30, B31, B32, B38, B45, B47, B48, B49, B60, B61, B62, B62, B63, B64, B65, B66, B67, B68, B69, B80, B94, B95, B96, B97, B98, WR1, WR2, WR3, WR4, WR5, WR7, WR8, WR9, WR13, WR14, DY7, DY8, DY9, DY10, DY11, DY12, DY13
Hello! My name is Kat – I’m a recognised birth doula and mentored postnatal doula living in sunny south Birmingham on the Birmingham/Worcestershire border with my Partner, Daughter, a Greek cat and a barmy hound. I’m Mum to three children, 2 boys and a girl aged 26, 21 and 19 respectively. I’m also a grandparent to a 6 and 4 year old who are a constant source of joy in my life.
Having had an elective caesarean section with my first child, followed by two VBACS in the 1990’s, I understand the stark contrast that can exist between birth experiences, and what it’s like to feel satisfied with a birth outcome, extremely dissatisfied, and sometimes both at the same time! I firmly believe that whatever the circumstances one finds oneself in, with knowledge and good support a positive birth experience can be achieved.
The crux of my philosophy is that women’s bodies are incredibly powerful and capable of astonishing feats; women’s minds are powerful and perfectly capable of making the right decisions for them and their baby. My role as a doula is not impress on you my own beliefs about birth. It is definitely not my place to tell you that one mode of birth is better than another, or to tell you how to bring up your baby.
The simple fact is, I love being a doula, and will move heaven and earth to ensure you feel fully supported in a way that is meaningful to you, so that you can approach birth and early parenting realistically, positively, and with clarity and confidence in the decisions that you make about your care. I’m a good listener, calm, caring, friendly, organised, resourceful and passionate about ensuring that parents have all the information they need to make informed decisions that they feel good about.
For details of my birth and postnatal packages and the level of support you can expect if you book me, please feel free to browse my website and if you have any questions feel free to drop me a message or give me a call. Choosing a doula for your birth or postnatal team is a very personal decision, therefore I offer a free face-to-face consultation providing a valuable opportunity for you to ask any questions that you might have directly, as well as see how we get along.
I am available as a doula to those going through the anguish of miscarriage and still birth.
Nurturing Birth Doula Preparation Course
AMMET EFT Levels 1 & 2 practitioner training in 2009
Continuing Professional Development:
Microbirth with Bridget Supple
Baby-wearing Peer Supporter training with Sophie Messenger
Loving the Multiple Mamas with Mars Lord
Spinning Babies with Jennifer Walker
Supporting Every Birth with Michelle Every
Resolving Malposition with Selina Wallis
CASP & Cochrane UK workshop __ Understanding Research for Decision Making
Amazing Births Hypno-Birthing course for parents
Complex and uncomplicated pregnancies, single parents, water birth, hospital birth (on consultant and midwifery led units), home-birth, baby loss, teen pregnancy, post-dates (40+ weeks), 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th time parents, birth following previous birth trauma, induction, emergency caesarean section, VBAC, hypno-birth, breast and bottle feeding.
I have personal experience of both bottle and breast feeding. In addition I have personal experience of postnatal depression and birth related PTSD.
I am one of the facilitator’s of the Birmingham South Positive Birth Group.
When I’m not working I can usually be found either walking (with the dog), curled up with a good book or playing violin with a local amateur community orchestra.
I have a full clean driver licence with business insurance.