Lives in: Saffron Walden CB11
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Saffron Walden and surrounding villages
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I’m Vera, a postnatal doula. I was born in Germany but I’m now also British having lived in the UK for almost 30 years.
I came to Doulaing after previously working in the technology sector for most of my adult life. Being a mother to our now grown-up daughters (26 and 29) is very enjoyable and I loved my time with them when they were little; initially, I was a full-time mum and, when our youngest was 5, I worked from home in the mornings. I started volunteering for HomeStart about 3 ½ Years ago and found supporting young families to be very rewarding. This inspired me to give my working life a new direction.
The first few weeks after birth are vitally important for bonding with your baby. Being a parent of a new baby is a 24/7 job and adjusting to this can be difficult, especially if you’re still exhausted from giving birth. So, having someone you can rely on to come to your house and ‘mother’ you can be a huge relief.
As a postnatal Doula I will support you emotionally, physically and gather information for you. Depending on your situation and needs, my help will vary and can change from visit to visit. I’ll be a non-judgemental companion supporting your decisions. I can also be an extra pair of hands in your household, go shopping, prepare meals or look after your baby so you can sleep or take a shower. I’ll focus on your recovery after birth and help you adjust to life as a parent, always respecting your choices and wishes.
Please see my website www.veradodge.uk for further information.
Oct. 2019 – now HomeStart: Volunteering
Sept. 2022 TBR Masterclass: How To Safely Support Traumatised Parents in your Care
Sept. 2022 Younique Postnatal Doula Initial Preparation Course
Oct. 2021 MHFA England two day course: Adult Mental Health First Aid
Sept. 2021 NCFE Cache Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Behaviour that Challenges
Jul. 2020 High Speed Training: Paediatric First Aid