I am first and foremost a Mother to two children, Oliver and Amelie.
I began this journey of supporting families in 2011, after the birth of my first baby.
Following training as a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter through an NHS programme, I volunteered on the postnatal ward in the local Maternity Hospital and also at a local Sure Start Children's Centre in a support group.
I worked to gain a role 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 also taught parent education classes - preparation for the postnatal period, and a breastfeeding workshop. I went on to achieve a Level 3 Diploma in Maternity and Paediatrics, including training in Paediatric Emergency First Aid. I have a particular interest in breastfeeding support, as this was a huge requirement of my role, and therefore have gained lots of experience in this area. However, I also have experience in supporting other forms of infant feeding, and as a Postnatal Doula, it is my duty to support and remain non-judgemental of parents choices.
After the birth of my second baby, in 2016, I took a career break to spend time at home with my children. Despite all of my previous experience and achievements, it has been both my greatest challenge and most rewarding accomplishment yet. The appreciation, understanding and empathy I now have for parents is on another level!
Following training with Younique Postnatal and undertaking a Doula Preparation course in 2019, I became a self employed Postnatal Doula. I am now able to provide flexible and continuous support, tailored to the needs and preferences of each individual family. To see examples of the support I can offer, please visit my services page.
I have a commitment to continuing my professional development, to ensure my practice and skillset stays refreshed and relevant and to gain further knowledge in my interests. My most recent studies include becoming a Mindful Breastfeeding Practitioner in 2020, taught by IBCLC Anna Le Grange, and I have attended a baby loss education and awareness session for Doulas, delivered by Beyond Bea Charity.
I am fully insured as a Postnatal Doula, and hold a current enhanced DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) certificate, which I would be happy to present upon request.
If you'd like to learn more about how I, as a Postnatal Doula, can support you, please get in touch.