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ABOUT ME


I am currently a mentored birth and postnatal doula.

I first attended a birth when I was 17 years old and looking back I believe this is where my doula journey started.  The more I learn about the support doulas offer and the difference having a doula present at a birth can make, the more I know this is the path for me. 

I believe you should have the opportunity to have your birth experience in a way that makes you feel informed, in control and listened to and to start your new life as a mother in a positive way.  I will respect and support your birth choices.  In my experience when women feel prepared, respected and considered it can lead to a much more positive birth.  As your postnatal doula I will help you settle into your new life in a relaxed way so you can enjoy those precious first weeks.

I feel that it is important that partners feel supported as pregnancy, labour and birth can be a difficult time for them.  I will work with your partner to help them to support you but also provide support that they may need through this journey.  In my experience if a birth partner feels reassured and confident it can really help a labouring mother to relax and feel safe.

I live in Reading with my partner and our 2 children.  Both of my babies were born in the Royal Berkshire Hospital.  I had two very different pregnancies and two extremely different births!  In my spare time I love spending time with my family.  We love getting out and about and exploring the world, especially if the weather is nice!  I love to bake and find the process (and end result) very good for the soul!  I try to make time for exercise and often use this as my ‘me time’.

I am a member of Doula UK and you can also find me on the Birth Bliss doula register.  I am part of the Berkshire Doulas.  We offer each other peer support and try to meet once a month for cake and a catch up.  I am a user rep for the Reading Maternity Voices Partnership the aim of which is to consult with local people to improve maternity services in the area.  I am also part of Everything Baby Berkshire which is a collective of pregnancy, birth and family workers who offer a range of services for bump, baby and beyond.

I would love to hear from you further and look forward to sharing this exciting time with you.

 
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“Birth is powerful, let it empower you”

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