Postnatal (Recognised since October 2013)Birth (Recognised since December 2013)
Lives in: Watford WD17
Local info and availability:
North London, North West London, Middlesex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire AL1 St Albans AL5 Harpenden WD17 Watford NW3 Hampstead NW6 West Hampstead N6 Highgate N20 Barnet
Prepare for birth workshop, Birth options session, Breastfeeding support, Overnight postnatal support
I am married to Paul, we have 3 children and live in Watford, Hertfordshire. I was born and raised in North London and come from Irish parents, hence the name “Siobhan” pronounced Shiv-on. Its Gaelic, (Irish). I have found having to go through your life explaining your name is not pronounced Si-o-ban was character building. Life as a working mother and wife is always busy but I thrive on that. I love spending time with my family and friends. My hobbies include eating cake and exercising to work off the calories, although I haven’t managed to get the balance quite right on that. For many years I worked in the private sector; dealing with clients on a daily basis I found that building a rapport with people and listening were key skills. I was one of the first of my friends to have children, so when their turn came they would gravitate to me for support and guidance, a role I thoroughly enjoyed. My interest in birth and the physiology behind it led me to see how sometimes modern day life can interfere with the body’s natural ability, but also how a combination of support and knowledge can really empower a woman, enabling her to achieve a positive birth experience . This research led me to the work of a Doula and I instantly knew that was my future. As well as supporting women antenatally and postnatally I also volunteer at the Royal Free hospital Hampstead NW3 , North London and at Watford General hospital, WD17 Hertfordshire as breastfeeding support. This gives me great insight to the way in which Midwives, Obstetricians and Paediatrician’s work. I have also been able to attend educational courses along side the medical professionals as a result of my working with them.
I am a Doula UK regional rep and a Doula mentor for newly trained Doulas.
I provide emotional, practical & physical support, supplying the relevent information needed for you to make the choices that feel right for you, enabling you to achieve your birth goals. Knowledge is power, this allows you to take control of the environment around, remain open minded and instil confidence in your ability to experience a positive birth and the right birth on the day. As your Doula I also work alongside your partner, providing support for them too, reassuring them along the way. Think of it as building your “dream team”. Support, encouragement, strength & knowledge from all sides, all working to help you to achieve a positive birth experience. During your pregnancy it is not unusual to see different midwives when you go to your antenatal appointments and you will probably experience at least one change of shift during your labour. I offer continuity of care, visiting you at least 3 times before the birth, attending the birth and at least once after the birth, I am always at the end of the phone or email. Also available is use of the many books, CD’s & DVD’s I have on pregnancy and birth.
Please feel free to visit my web site: www.thebirthdoula.co.uk
Or contact me via email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Trained with Nurturing birth : Birth/Postnatal
UNICEF Infant feeding course The Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead.
Jack Newman Breastfeeding study day
Michael Odent study day
Kerstin Uvnas Moberg Oxytocin study day
Breastfeeding support volunteer at The Royal Free, Hampstead NW3 & Watford General WD18
Aromatherapy workshop for Birth workers
Breech presentation birth workshop for birth worker Being present workshop Mark Harris
DUK recognition process
Homeopathy for birth workers workshop When survivors give birth. Penny Symkin Baby wearing peer support training Waterbirth workshop
Previous birth trauma
“Siobhan was warm and came across really passionate and enthusiastic about what she does. She was very accommodating with the fact that my partner was still based in Paris and hadn’t yet moved to London. She went through all aspects of labour with me and helped me put together my birthing preference. She also arranged a separate meeting with my partner when he arrived in London a few days later. I would highly recommend Siobhan and will definitely be booking her way in advance for my next pregnancy. Siobhan had given me enough knowledge to make decisions and choices which in turn made me feel empowered and in control at all times.”
Nnandi & Jean-Jacqui, Highgate N6 North London.
“Siobhan’s extensive knowledge was always so reassuring; when ever I had a worry during the pregnancy or after the birth she was able to explain and reassure me with her knowledge of the physionomy of pregnancy, birthing & breastfeeding.
Totally reliable, supportive and positive. I would recommend Siobhan to everyone having a baby.”
Willow & Mark, Hampstead, NW3 North London.
“Siobhan was our Doula during the birth of second child. My first labour had ended up being highly medicated, This experience had shaken my confidence in my bodies ability to labour naturally. Siobhan restored that confidence, she worked with me and my husband prior to the birth to ensure that we were as relaxed and prepared as we could be. Siobhan is a friendly, professional and calm Doula. I would highly recommend Siobhan and will use her again for any further pregnancies.”
Hanna & Paddy St Albans AL1 Hertfordshire.
After a difficult first birth with our daughter, my husband and I decided to employ a doula to help with the arrival of our second child – our son James who was born in September 2015.
During labour the first time around, we found making decisions quite difficult, and wished we were better informed and had someone to call upon for advice. So when we started to look for a doula, our primary aim was to find someone who could offer us both practical and emotional support.
We both warmed to Siobhan as soon as we met her. She combines warmth with practicality and a “can do” approach which instantly made us both feel more confident and at ease with everything. I felt a huge weight had been lifted after that first meeting.
When it came to the labour itself, Siobhan was great. She was there when we needed her, and took a step back when we didn’t, and I really did lean on her for support – both physically and emotionally! One thing I particularly remember was how useful it was to have her there to help with different birthing positions.
Ultimately, James managed to move himself into a very awkward position during labour so unfortunately forceps were needed – but again, having Siobhan there helped give us confidence when decisions had to be made about that.
Finally, Siobhan’s visit to us after the birth of our son was really helpful. She gave me some invaluable advice about feeding which has stayed with me and I really think has helped me to exclusively breastfeed for longer than I managed with my daughter.
We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Siobhan and we would be happy to speak to any prospective clients of hers to share our experiences.
Ruth, Harpenden AL5 Hertfordshire.