Birth (Recognised since November 2015)
Lives in: Sheffield S2 3
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I cover Sheffield and surrounding areas up to around 45 minutes away from my home in S2.
- I have three children, born in 2008, 2012 and 2017. With each baby’s birth I learned the value of having someone to call to run things by, to ask where I could find information about this topic or that, to have someone to confide in and ultimately to have someone with me to help protect the space that I was in with my husband while I brought our children in to the world.
After the birth of my first baby, I trained to teach movement-based antenatal classes. Through this I got a thorough grounding in birth physiology, which I continue to build on. I found that I loved working more closely with families, and decided to become a doula.
I believe that personal autonomy is paramount, and that everyone should be able to choose where and how they give birth, and with who. In my work as a doula, I do my best to share information from different, reliable sources so that truly informed choices can be made. I also teach skills to create the space to be able to make decisions if to do so becomes necessary during labour.
Having a safe space to talk about different concerns can be so, so helpful in making decisions you feel are the right ones for you and for your baby – and they won’t always look like other people’s choices.
I was a breastfeeding counsellor with one of the major breastfeeding support charities between 2011 and 2017. Although I no longer volunteer in this role, the knowledge and skills I developed still inform my practice as a doula.
To build on my experience working with women and their families in the ante- and post-natal periods to cover attending births, I attended the Paramana doula information days, hosted by Michel Odent and Lilliana Lammers in November 2013.
I have experience supporting both home and hospital births, including vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC), multiples and planned caesarean birth. I have a deal of experience working with previous birth trauma and anxiety and have often supported people to develop care plans with their maternity service care providers.