Postnatal (Recognised since August 2015)
Birth (Recognised since August 2015)
- Is an Access Fund Volunteer
Lives in: Alderley Edge SK9
Local info and availability:
Doula Mentor, Birth & Postnatal Doula in Alderley Edge providing support across Cheshire, Manchester providing antenatal, birth, infant feeding and postnatal support, & placenta encapsulation. Please contact me for specific areas http://thedoulaelement.co.uk/areas-covered/
Languages spoken other than English:
British Sign Language
Placenta Encapsulation Antenatal Sessions Infant Feeding Workshops and Support in Postnatal period Closing the Bones Rebozo Doula UK Area Rep (Cheshire) Doula UK Conference Coordinator Doula UK Rep Coordinator
Doula support in Cheshire and beyond
My name is Nikki Mather and I am a Birth and Postnatal Doula currently living in Alderley Edge and work with families across North West England. I am conveniently situated near Macclesfield on the border of Cheshire, Derbyshire and Lancashire so can travel effectively within an hour to many places across the North of England and West Yorkshire.
Being a mum myself of three children ranging from 10 through to 22, I understand the need for good support networks. It was during the pregnancies and early months of my youngest two children that I started researching exactly what pregnancy means to me and the physiology of birth. I was eager to learn more about what exactly it was that made our bodies so amazing.
Birth can be an amazing, transitional experience. With the exciting months you have ahead, you may be thinking about having a doula to help in your transition to motherhood. As a new parent, you may feel worried, excited, anxious, nervous, all at the same time! Doula support in your pregnancy, birth postnatal weeks can be beneficial for you in your journey to discover more about the coming months.
As a Birth Doula and Postnatal Doula I fully believe pregnancy and birth can be an amazing, transitional experience, always accompanying you on your journey to motherhood when needed, I am able to listen fully and support you to find your own way, encourage and be with you, always available to support you emotionally as you are empowered to birth freely in your own time. I aim to fulfill my role and to support you with your transition from womanhood to motherhood and also support your partner or older siblings. I am able to support women who would like a natural birth as well as women who opt for elective caesareans and fully support your birth choices. My role is flexible and your support package can be tailored to suit your families needs.
Throughout my working life I have worked in Community Development in a variety of roles, supporting and caring for all ages. Working alongside healthcare professionals and families in various roles, has supported my transition to doula easily and seamlessly and I believe I have an abundance of transferrable skills which I bring to my role as a doula.
2007 La Leche GB Peer Support Counsellor
2009 UNICEF Breastfeeding Management (Baby Friendly Initiative)
2010 UNICEF Baby Friendly Based Breastfeeding Peer Support Training
2012 (Two Year)Breastfeeding Counsellor
2013 Nurturing Birth Doula Preparation Course
2014 Paramana Doula with Michel Odent
2014 Acupressure for Pregnancy and Birth
2015 Rebozo Workshop-Unlocking Birth-Techniques to resolve and prevent malpositioning
2015 Closing the Bones
2015 Tongue Tie-The Politics and the Passion
2016 Mark Harris-Being Present/Masculine-Feminine Dance
2016 Motherwarming-Traditional ways of nurturing the mother across the world
2016 Breastfeeding Case Studies Maddie McMahon
2017 Developing Doulas
2017 Placenta Encapsulation (IPEN) Certified with Placenta Remedies Network
I have over 10 years experience supporting women with breastfeeding & infant feeding, and have experience in paid and voluntary roles to facilitate breastfeeding support, supporting over 900 women with one to one support and also facilitated group support. I have supported the work of La Leche GB and Association of Breastfeeding Mothers as a volunteer.
I am able to offer breastfeeding support and signpost women with breastfeeding issues to appropriate healthcare professionals for complex issues in the North West.
If you would like to, in pre-conception or antenatal sessions, we can discuss and facilitate informed choice in areas such as:
Debrief of previous births
Birth Centre and Hospital Birth
Placenta Encapsulation and Remedies
Please see my website www.thedoulaelement.co.uk or contact me for more information about how I can support you.