Lives in: Southampton SO15
Local info and availability:
Southampton. Plus all SO Postcodes and the New Forest.
I am first and foremost a Mother to two children. My own parenting interests lie in attachment parenting, and Pinterest (ha). After the birth of my second baby, in 2016, I became a ‘stay-at-home-mum’. Despite all of my previous experience and achievements, it has been both my greatest challenge and most rewarding accomplishment ever. The appreciation, understanding and empathy I now have for parents is on another level!
I began this journey of caring for Mother’s and their newborns in 2011. Following training as a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter, I volunteered in the local Maternity hospital and also at a local Sure Start Children’s Centre. I gained a Level 2 Diploma in Clinical Health Care Support at the local General Hospital as an NHS Health Care Assistant, and then landed a wonderful job as an NHS Maternity Support Worker. This was based in the Community, where I carried out Mother and newborn postnatal checks in families homes. I went on to achieve a Level 3 Diploma in Maternity and Paediatrics, including training in First Aid. I also hold a current enhanced DBS certificate.
I have a particular interest in breastfeeding support, as this was a huge requirement of my role. However, I also have experience in supporting other forms of infant feeding, and would be non-judgemental of a Parents choices. Other support I am able to offer includes:
– Non-judgemental listening
– Researching information and local support services
– Preparing and cooking meals, snacks and drinks
– Protecting rest and sleep
– Protecting time for self-care
– Hands free time for parents to spend with other children
– Toddler play and distraction
– Shopping for groceries and essentials
– Walking well behaved dogs
– Accompanying you to appointments, groups or classes
– Being beside you, beyond birth
Please get in touch if you would like a telephone call to discuss the services I provide. I can offer a free consultation interview prior to making any commitments, with no pressure to hire me as your Postnatal Doula.