Birth (Recognised since April 2019)
Lives in: London SE20
Local info and availability:
Central & South East & South West London: Dulwich, Chelsea, Sydenham, Forest Hill, Crystal Palace, Beckenham, Brixton, Herne Hill, Victoria, Belgravia, Westminster, and surrounding areas
KGHypnobirthing * Prenatal Yoga * Mum & Baby Yoga * Pre & Post Natal Holistic Massage * Closing Ceremony * Indian Head Massage * Birth Trauma Recovery - 3 Step Rewind Technique
Hi, I’m Laura,
I live in SE London with my husband and our little boy Huxley in a home we lovingly share with our rescue dog and cat.
It was truly beautiful to work with mothers and mothers to be before and during my own transition into motherhood and I hope to bring all that I have learnt to my future clients.
I am here to support you in your personal and unique journey to motherhood. I love working with both pregnant mothers as well as with mothers and babies once their baby/ies arrives.
My aim is to offer compassionate and heart centred continuity of care to you during your pregnancy, labour and during the early stages after your new babies arrival.
I believe that the happiness and health of mothers has a huge impact on babies and in turn society. This fuels my passion for supporting women in creating awareness, empowerment, respect and positivity around birth as well as creating value around the role of the mother.
I have a holistic outlook, which means that I consider all aspects of a person – mind, body and soul, but I am also realistic. I have no preconceptions about what birth should look or feel like, and no bias towards the method. My aim is simply to support you and give you the tools to optimise your process whatever that ends up being.
Prior to the birth of your baby I will help you to identify your options and feel well informed and confident in your choices in preparation for labour. I can be someone that you can trust to air your concerns with and listen without judgement as you healthily explore any fears or concerns.
I teach Pregnancy and postnatal Yoga as incredible tools to equip mothers emotionally, physically and mentally for pregnancy, labour and after child birth for bonding and wellbeing. This form of birth preparation cultivates connection, awareness and trust in the bodies natural intelligence. I teach movements and breath work techniques which can be effectively used in labour and practices such as relaxation, positive visualisation and mindfulness to help a mother to stay present. I bring a lot of the influence of this work into being a doula.
Additionally I organise beautiful Mothers Blessings (an alternative to a baby shower) to honour a woman’s transition into motherhood. Postnatally I have also trained with Dr Rocío Alarcón and love to offer closing ceremonies which I see as an important and deeply healing ritual for women at any age and stage of their life.
The Birth of your Baby
As your doula my aim is to enhance the labour environment by holding a space where you feel nurtured, safe and empowered to tune in.
Once in the flow of labour l will help you to get in the zone so that you can focus – offering encouragement and reminding you just what a powerful goddess you are. I will serve as a calm and grounded anchor for you throughout the varying stages of labour.
Whilst I am entirely there for you – I am not a replacement for your chosen birth partner – my support extends to them, to be their ally, and to help facilitate a compassionate, intimate and loving connection. My training in Holistic Massage means I also have some nifty massage techniques I can give you or offer your birth partner guidance on. I can offer various techniques to help support you during your labour process as well as some labour related aromatherapy.
I can come to your hospital to offer support with breastfeeding post the birth of your baby should a longer stay be required (depending on individual hospital rules).
Supporting your Transformation into Motherhood
I offer practical and emotional support during the first few weeks to ease you into parenting your own way. I can offer lots of practical assistance as well as a listening ear and a reassuring hug to help you navigate options available to you.
My role is to nurture you in this precious time, enabling as much rest and recuperation as possible so that you can give your baby the best of yourself. Perhaps allowing you time for a relaxing bath, some sleep or just simply some space.
Reintegrating you into home life could mean helping you in looking after your baby and or other little ones, assisting with feeds and nappy changes, assisting with breast or bottle feeding, helping you to navigate new equipment, information on various parenting methods, but mostly helping you to rest, nest, heal and navigate your new roles.
My belief is that women are deeply intuitive about what they and their babies need. I want to help to fill you with confidence and positivity to trust your own instinctual wisdom – leaving you feeling strong and capable as you get to know your little one on the outside.
I strongly believe that birth completion is a really important part of the post natal care that a woman should receive. Should you wish to, we can take time for you to reflect on your labour so that you can move on from it positively. I offer the Closing the Bones ceremony as a beautiful tool to complete the circle. I am trained in the Rewind three step technique should you need further help to work through any birth related trauma.
In addition I can provide Postnatal Yoga and Holistic Massage therapy as well as many holistic post natal nurturing remedies.
It would be an honour to support you during this life changing time.
If you would like to arrange a meet up or call to get to know more about my offering please do get in touch by phone or email
I look forward to hearing from you should you feel that you would like to work with me.
Training and CPD:
- Doula course facilitated by Kicki Hansard of BirthBliss Doulas with specialist lactation focused training from Indira Lopez Bassols – 2016
- KGHypnobirthing Teacher (recognised by the Royal College of Midwives)
- Postpartum healing with Dr Rocío Alarcón
- Birth Trauma Recovery – 3 Step Rewind Technique
- The Foundation for Infant Loss Accredited Training Course
- Wysewoman Aromatherapy for Birth workers
- First Aid training
- 3 hour Paediatric First Aid Course
- MANNTA Maternity Nurse Course
- Triyoga 2 year Yoga Teacher Training
- 1:1 Embodied Relational Therapy Yoga Training
- Birthlight Pre & Post Natal Yoga Teacher Training
- Holistic Massage Training with Quantum Metta
Relevant Volunteering Experience:
- London Tongue Tie Clinic with Katherine Fisher – an international board certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
- Sacred Oils with Felicity Warner
- Urban Priestess Mystery School
Enhanced DBS check in place