I started my doula journey in 2009 with Nurturing Birth, a dedicated training organisation I remain close to now as one of their doula Mentors.
I gained Recognition from Doula UK for births and postnatal work after a further year of supervision by their then head of training, and have attended around 70 births – each one a deeply moving experience.
It was with some regret that I retired, at the end of 2018, from being on-call for births to focus on antenatal education and hands-on postnatal help for new families and for those whose needs may be urgent for other reasons. This is to allow me time to help my own family as it grows.
I take opportunities to do further training and regularly attend courses and seminars in interesting areas such as postnatal mental health. Being a trained and experienced counsellor helps me give of my best when there is a need. All my doula work with clients is confidential.
I am the mum of four married children and grandma of eight, my most recent grand-daughter having arrived in January 2018 at the Whittington Hospital. I was privileged and delighted to have been my daughter’s doula.
I began my family almost 40 years ago with twins born suddenly at 34 weeks’ gestation by Caesarean Section, a very frightening event as no one had the time to offer any reassurance to me and my husband. I’m not sure doulas were known about then but this was an experience that formed my desire to help other women and to remain linked to the caring professions. My twins spent their first three weeks in special care, a very steep learning curve for us!
My next two babies were VBACs (born vaginally).
I was taught to breastfeed when my tiny twins were two weeks old and this is a skill I pass on with love to my clients if I am asked to, and, as a peer breastfeeding volunteer to new mothers in the Royal Free Hospital. I have recently received a long-service award from the NHS.
In addition to being a doula I am a qualified and experienced couples’ counsellor, having worked in the past for Relate and as an infertility counsellor at the London Women’s Clinic. I am well aware of how emotions can overflow at times of stress and the importance of a calm and understanding presence.
I take everyone into account when I work with families and have had appreciative feedback from new dads who feel they too have had their emotional needs met. Please read some excellent client feedback on the Testimonials page.
Thanks to having worked for 10 years in a primary school environment teaching phonics and working one-to-one with children with complex needs, I have a wealth of patience. I am also a Healer, having trained with The Healing Trust. I volunteer weekly at a local healing centre in Highgate. Above all, I love babies and helping new parents become confident and capable.