Birth (Recognised since February 2020)
Lives in: Coleraine BT52
Local info and availability:
Covering counties Antrim, Derry/Londonderry, Belfast area and parts of counties Tyrone, Armagh and Donegal.
Languages spoken other than English:
Member of the collective Doulas of Northern Ireland
I am a birth doula based in Coleraine, on the North Coast of Northern Ireland.
Mum to two children and a scientist by training, both roles contribute to my work as a doula. As a mum I experienced pregnancy, labour, birthing and nursing my babies. On the other hand, my scientific mindset can really help in collecting and discussing information about birth and all things-birth that can help my clients make informed decisions about, during and after the birth of a baby.
I first came to know about doulas in 2007 when expecting my first child and I thought doulas could be a great support for parents. As an Italian living abroad, I always missed the support of an extended family around me and as a doula I hope to provide that kind of loving and positive support one can get from someone who knows them well.
A woman’s wishes, feelings and intuition are my priority. Some of my clients have specific health and personal circumstances and they believe in having a doula as an additional support person they are familiar with and comfortable around. I help my clients achieve what is best for them and their babies.
To date I have supported many families and types of births: home births, births in MLUs, straightforward hospital births, caesareans , VBACs, inductions, breech births, twins and triplets.
Additional services that I provide are:
- Preparation to birth and postnatal period (online; as 1:1 or group sessions).
- Spinning Babies techniques to support optimal baby’s positioning and comfort to mum.
- 3 Step Rewind process to help overcome any trauma or distressing feeling related to previous experiences (birth but not only!).
- Virtual doula (for those wanting personalised, one-to-one support to prepare for the birth but are too far away to do so in person).
- Last-minute doula (if you need a birth partner at the last moment).
I trained as a birth and postnatal doula with Nurturing Birth in the spring of 2014 and I am a member of the Northern SHC Trust’s Maternity Services Liaison Committee and Bereavement group.
Apart for birth…I love the sea, long walks, yoga and running 🙂
Available as antenatal and birth doula in counties Antrim, Derry/Londonderry, Belfast area and parts of counties Tyrone, Armagh and Donegal.
You can find more information about me and what I am interested in on my Doula FB page and on our Doulas of Northern Ireland website.