Postnatal (Recognised since May 2005)Birth (Recognised since May 2005)
Lives in: Abbots Langley WD5
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London and Hertfordshire, **Limited availability**
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Doula of the Year 2009, Certified Doula with BOND, Birth Preparation Workshops, Doula Course Facilitator
My name is Kristina Hansard but I am known to everyone as Kicki. I was born in a small town called Asele in Swedish Lapland, the magical land of the midnight sun and the Northern Lights. I moved to England in 1990 and I have two girls born 1998 and 2000 at Watford General Hospital.
I trained as a Legal Secretary but was working in the IT industry before I had children and was lucky enough to be able to stay at home to care for them. I came across the word “doula” in a Sunday Magazine and immediately felt that this was something I wanted to do. Having been away from my mother at my own births I feel strongly about being there for others when they embark on the journey of motherhood.
I believes that birth is a truly normal, and at the same time, deeply profound event that is optimised by personalised support, defined birth goals with flexibility built in and solid education. Supporting the labouring woman and her partner together as well as individually is very important to me. By not replacing but by helping the partner participate in the birth to the best of his/her ability lends to a deeper family attachment and bond.
My goals are to instill confidence with true information, equipping women and families for the work of labour, birth and postnatal period, build a trusting safe rapport, and understand each family’s unique needs and birth goals. For more information on the different packages I offer, please visit my website, www.birthbliss.co.uk.
I trained with Kassandra Clements and BOND (British School of Nurturing Doulas) in London, July 2002. This course gave me the extra knowledge I needed and together with my own natural birth experiences, I feel confident and honoured to be supporting women and their partners at this very special time of their lives. I hold a Diploma in Professional Relaxation Therapy and I have a Certificate in Social Sciences through the Open University as well as a BSc Open (Open).
In July 2004, I attended a conference in Bristol and had the pleasure to meet Ina May Gaskin, who’s book, ‘Spiritual Midwifery’ is a must read for all pregnant women. I have also spent a day in Sheila Kitzinger‘s lovely house outside Oxford on her ‘Birth Crisis’ workshop. In June 2007, I was very excited to meet with the ‘grandmother of all doulas’, Penny Simkin. I had the opportunity to invite Penny back for a two day workshop in 2013, which I organised and she really is very special. These women are truly inspirational and I feel honoured to have met and spent some time with them. I also enjoyed meeting Dr. Jack Newman and to attend a study day on breast feeding with him here in the UK in 2010 and in June 2011, I organised a day with Michel Odent which was incredibly interesting. In 2012, I invited Kerstin Uvnas-Moberg, who is a world authority on oxytocin, to come and talk to a group of doulas and other birth professionals and her books about oxytocin are fascinating. I translated her latest book “The Hormone of Closeness” from Swedish to English and it’s a book that everyone should read! I have also published my own in 2015 called “The Secrets of Birth”, which won the Janey Loves Platinum Gold Awards in 2017.
My most recent course was with Penny Simkin and Phyllis Klaus in San Diego where I attended their “When Survivors Give Birth Educators Workshop”. This was by invitation only and I feel so lucky to have trained with two of the ‘elders’ of the doula movement. Penny Simkin and Phyllis Klaus are two of the founders of DONA (Doulas Of North America) and Phyllis Klaus did the very first studies into the effect of doulas together with her husband Marshall Klaus and their friend, John Kennell. It was a once in a life-time opportunity and I’m very excited to be carrying on the wonderful work that they have dedicated their lives to.
In 2005, I took part in a television programme called ‘Mum + One’ about doulas, which can still be seen on the Discovery Home & Health Channel. I also feel very honoured to receive the Pregnancy & Birth Magazine and Doula UK award of “Doula of the Year” in 2009. It was the first year this award was presented, which makes it very special to me.
I have been working as a doula trainer since 2006, travelling all over the UK as well as running some courses abroad. This year, I have trained over 650 aspiring doulas. I also run my own ‘Prepare for Birth’ workshops and one-to-one birth preparation evenings. I have completed the City & Guild Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS).
I have supported births at the following hospitals and birth centres: Watford General, QEII – Welwyn Garden City, Stoke Mandeville, Lister Hospital – Stevenage, Luton & Dunstable Hospital, Northwick Park Hospital, Chichester Hospital, Braintree Birth Centre, The Princess Alexandra Hospital (Harlow), The Portland Hospital, The Whittington Hospital, The Royal Free (Hampstead), Chelsea & Westminster Hospital (Kensington Wing and NHS), Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, St Mary’s Hospital – Paddington (Lindo Wing and NHS), Homerton Hospital, West Middlesex University Hospital, UCH London, Hillingdon Hospital, Wexham Hospital, Edgware Birth centre, Hemel Hempstead Birth centre, Heatherwood Birth centre and a number of home births, even one at Windsor Castle!
“Having Kicki as my doula gave me confidence and a sense of calm that I didn’t know I had, and allowed me to focus on the business of giving birth – not worrying about what was going on around me. I can’t thank her enough for the enormous difference she made to my birth experience. I would recommend her to anyone and I hope she will be there again if I have another baby.” Helen
“I cannot recommend Kicki highly enough! From our first conversation, when I knew next to nothing about doulas and was fearful about the birth, she put me at ease. I spoke to several doulas after that but I already knew Kicki was the right one for us. Our initial meetings were a joy, we got on brilliantly. My husband, who’d been skeptical about someone else being at the birth, a stranger in essence, was instantly won over. Kicki was careful to assure Paul of the importance of his role and how she could help him to fulfil it. She was obviously knowledgeable and experienced, with many births behind her, which was very comforting for both of us. She was fantastic throughout the labour – both at home and at the hospital – giving just the right amount of support, reassurance, motivation and comfort. Kicki’s knowledge and experience also proved invaluable to the hospital staff, quickly establishing a great rapport with each member of the team, and helping them where she could. When it came to making decisions about what to do next, Kicki gently guided and reassured us but never pre-supposed and we always felt in control. By the time our gorgeous son was born, Kicki felt like family and I couldn’t imagine her not being there. I have no doubt Kicki will be one of the first people I call if I’m lucky enough to get pregnant again.” Jo, Hertfordshire
“We can’t thank Kicki enough for all the support she gave us before, during and after labour. I had a very positive and natural birth experience and I’m sure that Kicki being there played a large part in allowing this to happen. I didn’t have to worry about things or practicalities at the hospital, but could instead focus just on relaxing and the arrival of our beautiful baby daughter. Kicki’s help postnatally has also helped build my confidence. We would definitely recommend Kicki to anyone.” Jane Henderson
“Kicki Hansard has worked with us as our doula since my son was born. I can’t fully express the comfort that a professional, experienced doula such as Kicki can bring. So much more than a nurse or nanny, Kicki provides a full service of child ‘love’ as opposed to ‘care’, suggestions on feeding/sleeping, practical support around the house (Kicki even put furniture together for us) and emotional support when the going gets tough. Kicki, although one of the most experienced and high profile doulas in the UK, is extremely humble, no job is too small and she always is efficiently busy. In addition, Kicki has an easy, great personality and for anyone concerned about having a ‘stranger’ in your home or having to make conversation, Kicki is easy going and fun to have around. I would highly recommend Kicki’s services for anyone that wants to provide the very best start to their child and wants to live their life too!” Dr Samantha Collins, Aspire Coaching and Training LTD
“Having Kicki gave us confidence. Knowing that we were walking into a hospital environment with someone who’d protect our interests plus be there solely for us was fantastic. I will always remember Kicki telling me ‘You’re doing so well’ at a time in labour when things were spiraling out of control and intervention was threatened. Her voice was always calm and assuring. She was priceless.” Alison
“Kicki certainly enhanced my birth experience. When she arrived at my home, and later when we were reunited at the hospital, I immediately felt profound relief and experienced a drop in the level of pain, and felt reassured, comforted and more able to cope. I had not realised how preoccupied my husband would be with the other children and with organising stuff and how very little help he was in supporting my labour process. I reached full dilation with only TENS as pain relief, coping with the pain naturally. It would have been much harder without Kicki” Jacqui
“Kicki Hansard has been a blessing to our family, and I have a deep appreciation for her professionalism and nurturing skills from a man’s perspective. While I recognize her extraordinary abilities as a doula, they go far beyond this. She earned our complete trust from the moment we first met and had the courage to tell us the truth about any situation, even if it may have been something we did not want to hear. She has also given us the gift of time – quality time to spend together as a family by being able to see what needs to be done, and then just doing it! She’s always looking for ways do things that free up our time. She’s even assembled furniture for us, and in doing so provided me with even more quality time to spend with my family. Kicki is now considered part of our family and will always hold a special place in our hearts. She helped us in so many ways to make the first few precious months with our new baby boy so much pleasure, less stressful and more memorable.” Robert Silverstone, President & CEO, Silverstone Consulting Inc.
“We were lucky enough to enjoy a wonderful water birth without drugs and Kicki played a crucial role in helping us achieve this. From the first meeting, her calm, easy approach and expert advice gave us confidence that we could have the birth we wanted. She was constantly on hand to offer practical help when needed, without ever feeling intrusive. We’d definitely use her again and hope we have the chance to do so!” Chris & Monica
“It was positive and reassuring to discuss issues regarding the labour with someone who has great experience and knowledge of childbirth.” Helena
“Kicki was our post natal doula in 2007 and I can never thank Kicki enough for her expertise and hands-on practical approach provided through the first few stages of parenthood. We turned to Kicki well beyond the pre-birth / post birth stage. Not only was she there for us providing emotional and practical support in the first few weeks, but also help us work through all challenges that our little one threw at us in the first year (breast feeding difficulties, routine changes as baby grew, rejecting bottle, weaning, refusing lumpy foods and more!). Kicki’s knowledge, experience, professionalism and support was a great asset to our family and I have no hesitation in recommending her. I completely credit Kicki with giving me the strength and support I needed once I became a new mum.” Mrs S
“Kicki was amazing! We couldn’t think of anything she could’ve done better. She was with us 100% the whole way. I still feel so grateful.” Karen
“Kicki worked as my postnatal doula in 2006. She is extremely professional and knowledgable about the needs of new mums and their babies. She is very supportive and uses her experience to help mothers do the mothering. She is a helpful, relaxed and easy going person, whom it was a pleasure to have in my home.” Hannah
“I cannot recommend Kicki highly enough. I went into the final stages of pregnancy far more relaxed than I would have been without her. She made us feel more confident & stronger to deal with such a life changing event.” Sarah