Lives in: Aberdeen AB25
Local info and availability:
Most areas of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire
I also offer: Hypnobirthing Classes (with specific workshops for Induction and Caesarean). Postnatal Planning and preparation workshops.
If you are pregnant and haven’t thought about what to expect in those first few months, then this is the time to start.
Postnatal education and support is just as important as antenatal education.
My story & why I want to support postnatally
Before I became a postnatal doula and hypnobirthing practitioner, I was a primary school teacher, specialising in the Early Years so I have always been passionate about education and nurture.
Then I became a parent and unfortunately, I suffered from postnatal depression and anxiety after the birth of my daughter in 2017. It was during this time that I realised I had not prepared for life with a baby, I had only prepared for birth. I felt overwhelmed by parenthood and didn’t feel like I had thought of any possible obstacles to a calm and confident first year of motherhood.
When I sought support I found that postnatal support in Aberdeen was lacking. There was some support but it was very limited and often did not incorporate a holistic approach to the parenting journey. So i re-trained and became a hypnobirthing practitioner and postnatal doula to make sure that I could offer “wrap around” support for new parents. I am truly passionate about birthing people and their families feeling supported, heard and understood throughout their parenting journey.
The skills I bring and my philosophy
As a former Early Years teacher I bring the skills of nurture and being able to encourage independence and learning through doing. I aim to provide you and your family with the knowledge and encouragement to become calm, empowered and fully independent.
As a hypnobirthing practitioner, I also bring many self-hypnosis and mindfulness techniques to postnatal support and recovery. Many of these techniques are about building your trust in yourself and build the strength of your parenting voice and instinct.
Postnatal Doula Support. What I include:
De-brief on birth experience.
Listening ear to support a range of feelings, emotions or situations. This can be for the birthing person, their partner and extended family.
A sounding board for ideas on a range of parenting issues.
Continuous checking in with emotional and mental health and well-being at each session.
Emotional support for you partner and wider family.
Looking after baby while mum rests/sleeps/showers/attends to other child.
Helping with an older child.
Helping with local errands (picking up provisions, dropping things off).
Supporting with infant care – demonstrating nappy care, baby bathing, infant feeding, safe sleep, swaddling etc.
Preparing drinks, snacks or meals – making sure mother is hydrated and fed.
Under-taking simple household chores – putting on or hanging up a washing, washing dishes, putting away dishes, light tidying, putting away soiled baby clothes, light hoovering.
All informational support will be provided as evidence based research and will give you a range of options to choose from. This will allow you to make independent but informed choices on a range of topics, including:
Parenting methods and choices.
Physical recovery for mum (breast care, caesarean care etc).
Signposting to further services should you or your family need them.
I breastfed both of my children so I can support with breastfeeding to a certain level.