Postnatal (Recognised since October 2007)
Birth (Recognised since October 2007)
Lives in: West Molesey KT8
Local info and availability:
Surrey, Middlesex, London and Greater London.
Birth and Postnatal Doula / Night Nanny / Breastfeeding Support / Troubleshooting / Welcome home package / Twins / VBAC / Premature babies.
I have five children who were born in 1987, 1990, 1999, 2004 and 2006 respectively. My experience with each has been different but whether a young mum or an older mum I have found it a pleasure and a privilege that I continue to enjoy. My life has been dedicated to my children and the rewards continue to be amazing. I love being a mother and still feel it is my biggest achievement.
My philosophy is caring, nurturing and embracing the experience that a new life brings. I aim to encourage and empower parents-to-be to have the birth they desire. To give parents-to-be the information they need to be able to make and be confident with their own choices. I support the mother in getting to know her baby and help her find her way as a new mother.
I believe the early weeks with your newborn child are very precious and I believe they should be cherished. I tend to encourage listening to and acting on your feelings. Mums usually know best. Your baby has spent the best part of nine months growing inside you, being protected in your womb, hearing only your heartbeat, body sounds and muffled sounds from the outside. Suddenly they are in this big wide world with all this space, new sounds, smells, and tastes, sensations that are new to them. Everything is a new experience and can sometimes be a little overwhelming for them so don’t be afraid to cuddle, comfort and most of all enjoy your baby.
I hope I can give you support and encouragement as well as information to help you enjoy being a parent!
Early Years First Aid Course.
Birth Doula and Post Natal Doula course with Nurturing Birth
Nurturing Birth Advanced Breastfeeding workshop
Nurturing Birth Advanced Birth workshop
Sheila Kitzinger Birth Crisis Workshop
Water Birth Study Day with Dianne Garland
Jack Newman Breastfeeding Study day
Twins and multiples workshop with Naomi Kemmeny
Penny Simkin workshop, ‘When Survivors give Birth’
I have breast fed each of my children, with the longest being fed to nine months and the shortest stopping at eight weeks. With each child it was different, which I believe has given me extensive experience in this area.
At different times I suffered with Mastitis and Breast Thrush and as a result I am aware of the causes and treatments for these conditions. I also have personal experience of Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction, carpel tunnel and postnatal depression.
I have supported over 200 families, either as their birth doula, postnatal doula or both, covering days and nights, which I find extremely rewarding.
I have supported parents in all manner of birthing situations __ natural births, caesarean section, breach and VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean) __ in a number of different hospitals and homes with a variety of different scenarios, with or without pain relief, TENS, entinox, pethidine and epidural. I have also supported women through assisted deliveries where ventouse, forceps or kiwi have been used, planned c-section, planned and unplanned home birth, water birth, premature babies, twins__ the list grows.
I have supported a number of families in the postnatal period, which I find extremely rewarding. I have vast experience and have thoroughly enjoyed supporting families with twins which has continued beyond the first few weeks, as they may have needed an extra pair of hands attending swimming lessons, appointments or babysitting.
I have worked at the following Hospitals:
Kingston Hospital, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey
St Peters Hospital, Chertsey, Surrey
West Middlesex Hospital, Isleworth, Middlesex
The Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, Surrey
Frimley Park, Surrey
The Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London
Epsom General Hospital in Epsom, Surrey
Chase Farm Hospital, Enfield, Middlesex
For more information please visit my website www.thameside-doula.co.uk
Thameside Doula is my business name. I am Sallie Shelley and I have been working as a doula since 2006 I am a recognised doula by Doula UK and Nurturing Birth. I am also one third of Surrey Doula; I work alongside Michelle Gerlis and Beverley Ashwell working sometimes independantly and other times offering a shared care or back up option, but most of all we support each other and pool our Knowledge for our families: www.surreydoulas.co.uk