Birth (Recognised since February 2011)
Lives in: London SW16
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I live in Balham, London SW16. I work in SW London and attend both hospital and home births. I love to work with local Mums.
Former Nurse, Teaches Hypnobirthing classes, Reflexology, Massage, Gentle Birth Treatments, Experience with Twins.
I live in Balham, near Tooting Common, with my husband and two children. They were both born at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in 2001 and 2004. I experienced two very different births; the first a very empowering natural birth, the second an induction at 37 weeks…… not what I had planned! I was supported at each birth by a wonderful doula who provided constant support and encouragement for my husband and I. Having two such different experiences highlighted just how unpredictable birth can be and how invaluable it was having someone there to guide and support us throughout our labour and birth. This inspired me to become a doula myself.
Originally a nurse I trained as a reflexologist 25 years ago. In 2005 I trained with Dr Gowrie Motha as a Gentle Birth Practitioner. Following this I began working with pregnant women preparing them for the labour and birth using reflexology and massage. My clients then started asking me to attend their births which I did and this led onto training as a doula. From 2012-2013, I worked as one of the first NHS Doulas at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in the Birth Centre. In 2013 I trained as Natal Hypnotherapy Practitioner and now also teach hypnobirthing workshops from home.
Having a baby is an exciting, life changing event. It’s something that you will remember for the rest of your life. Every woman deserves to have a positive birth experience however she chooses to give birth. As mammals we know how to give birth instinctively. Given the right environment and support where a woman feels safe, relaxed and calm she can achieve this.
I work with you during your pregnancy supporting you and preparing you for the birth of your baby. I get to know you and understand how I can best support you and your partner. We discuss any hopes and fears you may have and how you would like to give birth. When you go into labour I stay with you throughout, helping create a calm, quiet environment where you feel safe. I support you however you wish to give birth. Once your baby is born I help you with breast feeding. A few days later I visit you at home and support you in those early days of parenthood.
Training and Education
1984 – Registered Nurse – Royal Free Hospital, London RN 1991 – Reflexologist MAR 2005 – Gentle Birth Training Course with Dr Gowrie Motha
2005 – Gentle Birth Practitioner
2006 -Suzanne Enzer’s Pregnancy Reflexology Course
2009 -Nurturing Birth Doula Training Course
2011 – Recognised Birth Doula
2013 – Natal Hypnotherapy Training Course
2014 – Natal Hypnotherapy Practitioner
Additional Training and Study Days:
Feb 2011 – Tongue Tie and Breast Feeding- Mary Griffiths Lactation Consultant
June 2011 – Childbirth: towards a paradigm shift- Dr Michel Odent
March 2012 – Breastfeeding London Study Day – Siobhan Pearce
Oct 2012 – A day with Sheila Kitzinger
Oct 2012 – Unicef breast feeding training – Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
Dec 2012 – Breech Study Day with Mark Kronk, MBE,RM, RGN Sept 2014 – Natal Hypnotherapy – Managing Induction
March 2016 – Home Birth – Inspiring Woman CHB Conference
Nov 2016 – Birthrights – Elizabeth Prochaske & Julie Frohlich
Dec 2016 – Royal Society of Medicine, Pain Relief in Labour.
I have attended over 100 births and supported women in a variety of births including; waterbirths, natural births, inductions, caesarians, epidurals, VBACs, twins, ventouse, hypnobirths and home births.
I have attended births at; Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, St Thomas’s Hospital, St Georges Hospital, St Hellier’s Hospital, Queen Charlottes Hospital & Kingston Hospital.