Postnatal (Recognised since October 2016)
Birth (Recognised since May 2017)
Lives in: Reading RG7
Local info and availability:
Reading, Newbury, Bracknell, South Oxford, Basingstoke, Bracknell, Winchester, Swindon and Andover. I am willing to travel up to an hour from home.
I am a KGHypnobirthing teacher so please have a look at my website www.bumpbabyandbeyond.uk for local courses taking place. I am also a qualified baby massage instructor. I have experience in supporting both single women and couples with first and subsequent pregnancies as well as multiple births. I have also supported women with homebirths, waterbirths, IVF pregnancies, asylum seekers and women suffering with tokophobia and mental health issues.
A little bit about me:- I’ve been very happily married for 39 years, have two sons and three wonderful grandchildren. My own births were very different but relatively straightforward. I live between Reading and Newbury but also cover areas including Swindon, South Oxford and Basingstoke. I have spent the majority of my working life as a Personal Assistant for a variety of companies and have only now found my true vocation.
It was a friend of mine that sparked an interest in me to become a birth doula. I was fascinated by what she was telling me and I couldn’t wait to start supporting women and their partners to have a positive birth experience. I also wanted new parents to start parenthood feeling contented, happy and feeling fully supported so they can enjoy those early days with their new family.
I also became a KG Hypnobirthing teacher as I had seen firsthand how hypnobirthing can help to release fears, anxieties and pre conceptions as well as building confidence in women. Practising hypnobirthing instils a calm and confidence in labouring women that enables your body to work efficiently and as nature intended. It also enables partners to be actively involved both during the pregnancy, labour and birth and introduces skills that will help with the new role as parents.
I provide full antenatal classes to small groups or private sessions that will ensure you have access to information to enable you to make informed choices about where you have your baby and the kind of care you would like during your pregnancy, labour and birth.
I would like all pregnant women, whether it’s a first or subsequent birth to have an experience that can be looked forward to, an empowering experience and one you can feel totally in control of. I really enjoy being part of a supporting team and helping to create the kind of environment you want during the birth of your baby.
Birth is a natural event but each one is also a little miracle! I would offer you continuous support in a warm, sensitive and caring way to help you feel relaxed and confident. I will assist with labouring and birth positions to encourage and reassure you. I will also support you once your baby has been born, so that you and your partner can start parenthood feeling confident and knowledgeable in meeting the demanding needs of your new family.
So, whether you are searching for a hypnobirthing course, a birth or postnatal doula, and you feel happy that I could support you, please contact me. I am always available for a face to face interview or if you prefer a phone call/email and you can find out a little more about me to see if I am the right person for you.
My training has included the following:-
Birth Bliss Doula Course, trained with Kicki Hansard 2015
Baby Massage Instructor, trained by Hands on Babies 2015
Paediatric First Aider – since September 2015
Better Birth Positions Workshop – October 2015
Tongue Tie Workshop – November 2015
Rebozo Workshop – November 2015
KGHypnobirthing Teaching Course – April 2016
When Survivors Give Birth – April 2016
Natural Birth Workshop with Ina May Gaskin – 2017
Nominated for UK Doula of the Year March 2017
Awarded Doula of the Month February 2018 (Birth Bliss)
Testimonials from previous clients:-
I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to have a doula for my second birth after the traumatic birth of my son.
It’s been incredibly emotional for me, there’s no way we would of got through it without Sue,the support and advice she gave us throughout my pregnancy and Caesarian was amazing. I was sceptical at first about the Hypnobirthing but the strength it gave me on the day was incredible. She has made me a better and stronger mother and I can’t thank her enough for what she’s given me and my family. – Daisy
Sue is wonderful and my husband and I are very glad we met her. She helped by showing us hypnobirthing and also by being there with us on the day. I know the experience would have been much less manageable without her support, and the visits afterwards are lovely also.
One of the main benefits was that she guided us towards confidence, and helped us to prepare ourselves with the full picture and balanced information before making decisions. – Keri
Sue was with me when I had my daughter last September. It was the first birth she had attended as a Doula and to be honest you would never have guessed. She was fantastic. She second guessed everything I needed and stayed by my side for 4 days, even slept on the floor. I would recommend her to anyone, there is no way I would have coped without her.Having Sue with me during labour was amazing! She really made a difference. She was so attentive and there was nothing that I would have changed about the experience. Once or twice it was as though she knew what I was thinking as she asked questions that I was about to ask! Donna
I found Sue to be very easy to talk to and she put me at ease straight away. She is very considerate and thoughtful. I feel that she went above and beyond her duty of care. Having a doula was an amazing experience! Lisa
Sue has this amazing calming influence. I call her the “baby whisperer”! She is a real treasure! Rebecca and Adam
Sue helped me for nearly 4months after the birth of my third child. I was nervous about how I was going to cope and how my two girls were going to react to a new member of the family especially as they were still so young themselves. Sue was amazing!! She quietly came into our lives and offered support, care and advice that was utterly invaluable. The girls loved her and and she is now hugely missed. I would highly recommend her to anyone apprehensive about a pregnancy, birth or new baby. Abbie
Sue is wonderful and has been such a help to me over the last 9 months with my little boy. I would highly recommend her. Emily
The most valuable gift you can give someone is support, Sue delivers both emotional and physical support. She has an amazing insight into all babys needs. Lise
I have been working with Sue since I was 27 weeks pregnant with my twins, found her to be a huge asset in the delivery room and her post natal help has been brilliant. Teresa
I have been present at hypnobirthing births and seen how in control the women are, and how also the partners are a lot calmer and able to help and what a difference it really does make to the start of parenthood for them. Kelly
Sue is a lovely teacher, she is very open, honest and friendly. She ensures everyone is happy and relaxed and has a great sense of humour! Cathy
Thanks Sue for your excellent classes, my birth was amazing. I can honestly say I really enjoyed it and would love to do it all again! Mary
Sue was unable to be my birth doula because she was on holiday but she provided a hypnobirthing course instead. The course was incredibly well-structured, informative and there were plenty of chances to ask questions – Sue is incredibly knowledgeable. Also, the book that Sue provided as part of the course was hands-down the best book about the birthing process that I read. We took Sue’s advice and were very committed to practising so we felt well-prepared for the birth. When the big day came, the midwife couldn’t believe how quiet and calm I was. The skills I’ve learned from Sue will continue to be useful in any stressful situation in life – not just birth. She’s very professional and well worth the investment. Abby
My husband and I attended Sue’s empowering hypnobirthing course in October, for the birth of our first baby in early January. Looking back, the course had a huge impact for two reasons: my husband was such an amazing birth partner, knowing exactly what to do and when; and I stayed calm and positive during the (very long) labour thanks to daily hypnobirthing practice I learnt from Sue. For anyone looking for a better understanding of the birth process and ready to discover the power within, I would highly recommend Sue’s hypnobirthing course. Thank you Sue for giving me the confidence to trust my intuition which helped us make the right decisions throughout pregnancy, labour and birth. Tuuli
I sought a doula to help me remain positive, flexible and confident about the birth of our first baby, and Sue did all this and so much more. Her naturally gentle and caring nature makes her an amazing birth partner, and was also brilliant support for my partner. Above everything I hoped for my birth I wanted to be able to stay calm the most. Sue, alongside my partner, enabled me to do this – even at the end of the fourth day of labour (and next to no sleep) I felt empowered and at peace. Sue committed herself to us for the entirety of my labour and birth, and was a constantly reassuring, knowledgable and positive voice. She was also very practically helpful – which is so useful when you’re both tired and trying to coordinate everything. She was always thinking ahead so we could focus. Sue also supported me in attending the hospital for an extra scan (I declined induction) and really put me at ease for this. I feel I made all the right choices for the birth of our little girl, who came into the world calmly and continues to be a happy, contented baby. I can’t wait to tell my daughter all about her coming into the world and Sue’s presence. Thank you so much Sue, who we now consider a life long friend xx Lucy