Lives in: Chingford E4 6
Local info and availability:
London, Greater London and happy to travel anywhere within a 1.5 hour radius.
Homeopathy for Childbirth & Postpartum - June 2023 / Trauma Support for Pregnancy & Birth - July 2023 / Mindful Breastfeeding - July 2023 / Breathwork - August 2023 / Baby Wearing - September 2023
The miracle of life and birth is a sacred and powerful rite of passage that can be both positive and empowering. I am in awe with the workings of the woman’s body and the baby’s innate intelligent design that works in unison to bring about the birthing experience. Growing up in a culture where pregnancy and birth are celebrated, I have always been around mothers and babies; I also have the honour of being a mother of two beautiful children. My passion to be a doula has been fuelled by my grandmother, who was a traditional midwife in Jamaica. She shared so many experiences with me and taught me so much. I received so much knowledge from her in holistic remedies, more specifically the use of natural herbs and foods to support with birth and the postnatal period. Becoming a doula made me realise that this was all second nature to me.
As your birthing doula, my aim is to make you feel safe, supported, loved and empowered to achieve your best birth possible and for you to take away joyful memories of your special day. You will receive my physical, emotional and practical support before, during and after birth and until you are comfortable for me to leave. I will provide you with continuity of care, access to accurate information and be an experienced guide along this journey. I will listen with an open heart helping you to identify your preferences and support your decisions ensuring that your choices are heard. If you have a partner, I will work with him/her to approach the birth with confidence. If you are approaching this birth alone, I can be the supporting hand that can provide you with the love and help that you will need. I am passionate about working with mothers from various backgrounds, especially those who are vulnerable and who have additional needs.
As a postnatal doula, I look forward to meeting and working with the rest of the family, whether that is an older sibling or grandparents. I am known for my reassuring, mature and confident nature. I come with a wealth of experience as I have spent fourteen years in education working with children of various ages and more recently children with additional needs after qualifying and working as a Special Needs Coordinator for the past five years. I am also known for my culinary skills and delicious Caribbean foods!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me as I look forward to meeting, working and supporting you on your birth journey – no matter where you choose to have it!
“Mavis was amazing! My daughter was 6 weeks premature and I was able to have a natural birth. She helped me so much throughout the labour, from encouraging me to stay calm and breathe through contractions to reassuring me to trust my body. She made me feel extremely comfortable and was so supportive. Mavis was my only birth partner throughout my delivery and I couldn’t have asked for a better person. She held my hand, breathed through every contraction with me, helped me get into various positions and was an important advocate. When my daughter was born and taken to NICU she checked on her on my behalf as well as made sure I was comfortable and had something to eat. She explained to me how my body would feel and what to expect over the next few days and weeks after the birth which was so helpful as this was my first child.
Following on from my birth, I asked Mavis to also be my postnatal doula. Due to me having special needs and being partially deaf, Mavis was a massive support transitioning into motherhood. She provided constant reassurance which helped me feel confident and was always patient and understanding. She attended appointments with me and my daughter and was always advocating on my behalf. Mavis taught me how to hold, change, bath and feed my daughter due to her experience with new born babies. She also helped with the preparation of meals and light housework. She also provided night support which was invaluable as it helped me rest and recover. Overall Mavis supported me and my daughter for 6 months and I cannot thank her enough for her unwavering love and care, I don’t know what I would have done without her!” – A.S (Birth & Postnatal Client)
“Mavis is warm, approachable and has a great sense of humour and offered great practical support around the house and to our newborn son as we adapted to life as new parents. Mavis was knowledgeable about nutrition to support breastfeeding and offered practical advice to help me breastfeed efficiently (was initially struggling with regular feeds – transpired there was a tongue tie issue). Mavis was very sensitive to our religious beliefs and we were able to build a good bond on this basis. Thanks Mavis for the support and the delicious food!” – S.M (Postnatal Client)