When I became a mother to my daughter, Eloise, my life changed more than I possibly could have imagined. As a result, I wanted to find out more about how I could help others make the transition to parenthood, so that families could feel prepared and supported with the arrival of their baby. To start with I supported local mothers on a voluntary basis with breastfeeding their babies and then trained with Nurturing Birth as a doula.
Seven years on and I have supported hundreds of families as a Doula UK recognised birth and postnatal doula - and qualified breastfeeding/infant feeding counsellor. Of great importance to me is my continued learning journey - I am always looking for the latest research in birth, postnatal and baby care, read tonnes and attend relevant courses and seminars. I have completed a course in Parenting the Under 5s from the Family Caring Trust and am happy to share what I have learnt with parents. I am a Doula UK Postnatal Doula Mentor and the Regional Rep for West Sussex. For more information about all my qualifications, please take a look at my Doula UK profile page by pressing the link button below.
Over 3 years ago, I felt passionately that postnatal doula work should be given more credibility and preparation, so along with two colleagues, we set up our course provider Younique Postnatal to train other women who would like to become postnatal doulas. For more information please take a look at www.youniquepostnatal.co.uk.
I am training to be a fertility doula and am passionate about wanting women to feel they can conceive a baby in whichever circumstance or time of life they are in.
I live in Easebourne, near Midhurst, West Sussex and host a free support group for new mothers from the Haslemere Youth Hub every Wednesday from 1-3pm called The Mother Space - Midhurst and Haslemere, which you can find on Facebook and co-host the Positve Birth Movement Meetup - Fernhurst, Midhurst and Haslemere with birth doula, Shirley Stump.
I love singing, open water swimming, interior styling, crafting and visiting historic houses.