I completed the Red Tent Doula preparation course, coursework and reading list in June 2017.
In February 2019 I attended the Abuela Doula preparation course to expand my knowledge and skills.
In January 2020 I have signed up to become a Badass Doula!
I am currently completing the Association of Breastfeeding mothers, Breastfeeding Counsellor course.
This is a two year in-depth training course that will increase my knowledge and skills to help parents achieve their feeding goals.
I will then also volunteer on the national breastfeeding line taking phone calls day and night from parents with queries on breast / chest feeding.
I completed the School of Babywearing consultancy course in January 2015.
I’ve been working with families to carry their babies for over 6 years.
I ran a sling library for nearly 5 year running drop in and private sessions.
This gave me a great basis of skills for postnatal Doula work. Often working with new parents and their new babies.
My births were such polar opposites.
Isabel is 7 now and I still think back to how I wasn’t listened to, respected or believed throughout my pregnancy and my birth.
I had gestational diabetes and being overweight, I felt like I had no choice but to be induced, stuck on a bed, being told to be quiet.
When we finally fell with our second baby, I knew I wanted it to be different, it had to be.
I heard about these amazing people called Doulas and what they do, I knew I needed one!
Emma was born a week or so after her “due” date, at home into the water and finally birth was this amazing, empowering thing that I can do.
So since that day I knew that I wanted to be a Doula, to support and empower parents to have the birth that they want, the birth they need.
My friend asked me to be with her during her cesarean birth in January 2017. I came straight out of there and booked my course with Red Tent Doulas for June.
Watching a parent and child be born, whilst being held, supported, trusted, loved and respected isn’t something you can do just once!
I worked with families and their babies for over 5 years with my other business Southend sling library - as a babywearing consultant.
Especially in those early days new families deserve so much support and love and where there are gaps in the world that we live in, postnatal Doulas slip in and fill that gap with love and support.
I love to read, sing, play piano and the guitar. I love nothing more than good food, good music with great company. I also love animals, in particular my dog, Princess Leia, so if you have a furry friend,
be prepared for me to love them too!
So that is me, that is why I am here.
Get in touch if I can help
Contact me and we can have a chat to see if I am your Doula.
As an out and proud Non Binary, Pansexual I strive for inclusiveness in language and space for my LGBT* siblings.
In 2020 I have started running workshops for birth workers and other professionals working in the industry to educate and share knowledge on how they can start down the road to be LGBT* competent rather than just Queer friendly.
I have been invited to speak on many platforms regarding LGBT* incivility in the birthing world - with Badass birth workers with Jen Muir, Speaking with Mars Lord of Abuela Doulas, and with Mark Harris on the popular podcast - Sprogcast.
I have had an article published by Aims: Birth Beyond the Binary.
See my media page for more.
This doesn't mean that I don't support the hetero cis families that approach me,
I just hold a special place in my heart for those that birth and parent outside of the worlds cis hetero normality.