Postnatal (Recognised since July 2022)
Lives in: Redhill RH1
Local info and availability:
Reigate, Redhill, Epsom, Oxted, Crawley, Leatherhead. Godstone, Caterham
Courses Completed in: Basic Life support. Twins and Multiples - Younique Postnatal. Understanding Newborns, - Younique Postnatal. Reflux - Younique Postnatal. Mindful Breastfeeding study day with Anna Le Grange. Tongue Tie training day with Sarah Oakley. Dr Jack Newman study day in Norwich. Babies in mind - course online. Addressing Postnatal Depression as a Healthcare Professional - course online. Peer Support Training.
As a Postnatal doula, I can support you and your family, and help you to follow your own instincts, as a new child arrives. I can interact sensitively with other health professionals to give you and your baby the support and care you deserve. This will enable you to bond/grow in your own time and get to know each other in a safe space. I can bake some nourishing treats and remind you to keep hydrated. I can also focus closely on feeding, whatever form this may take, giving you the support to explore this in your own home in more depth. From my experience on the postnatal ward as an infant feeding specialist, I know just how tricky those first weeks can be. I will help you to gain strength, knowledge, and understand your baby’s cues while helping to manage your workload. Maybe it’s cooking, hanging out washing, holding your baby to give you some time to relax or catch up on some well-earned sleep but most usefully, I’ll give you time to bond with your new baby.
Since becoming a mother in 2010, I realised that my life had changed forever. I always thought having a baby wouldn’t stop me from doing anything, and I felt invincible during pregnancy. It was after the birth of my Son that I realised just how enormous the changes to our life was going to be. But what overwhelmed me the most was the love and patience that I began to feel. The bond that is gained in those very early days is so fragile and essential. Now my children are older, I realise just how precious those early days are and my role as a doula helps empower new mums to do just this.
In 2014 I trained to be a peer supporter and volunteered at our local Baby Café, where I learned invaluable skills that I am forever grateful for. Having regularly visited the baby café as a mum myself, I only realised after my role supporting new mums, just how much I benefitted from additional maternal support.
In 2016 I took a position at East Surrey Hospital on the maternity ward. This journey has been incredibly enlightening, and I have gained so much from it. Being part of the Infant Feeding Team, we support new mums with everything feeding, helping build confidence in those first feeds. My role has given me in-depth knowledge of the hospital, and access to up to date evidence-based research.
In July 2019, I felt ready to make some positive changes, with a strong desire to give continued support not only on the ward but also in the home. I completed my postnatal doula course in October 2019 and am now working as a mentored postnatal doula.
Get in touch if you feel we might work well together, I’d love to hear from you.