When I became a Mother, I did not have the support of my own Mother, as she had passed away several years before. Although every situation and everyone’s personal experience is different, I can understand what it may be like for a woman to become a Mother without having the support of her own Mother – for whatever circumstances that may be. I have supported women whose Mothers have not been able to support them, because they live in another part of the country or abroad and whose Mothers have passed away and find themselves in a similar situation to the one I was in when my children were babies.
Since the birth of my second son I have taken a keen interest in the support and services that are available for parents of babies and young children and have researched baby and child development, particularly around sleep and feeding issues. I have training in Sleep in Babies and Young Children and Reflux and Early Allergies. I have also completed the Holistic Sleep Mini Course. I enjoy cooking for my own family and the families that I support, as I understand the benefits of healthy nutritious meals for postnatal recovery and for all the family. I also volunteer for the PANDAS Foundation helpline, supporting women and their families with pre and postnatal depression advice and support.
I know from personal experience about the challenges of being the mother of a new-born and the mother of a new-born and a toddler – the difficulty there can be balancing the needs of more than one child and my own needs as a mother, which can get forgotten. Looking back, I know that I would have benefited enormously from having the support of a Postnatal Doula.
Social Policy BA (Hons) 2:1, University of Sussex
Primary Postgraduate Certificate In Education, University of Surrey
Developmental Baby Massage, International School of Developmental Baby Massage and Movement
Sleep in Babies and Young Children and Sleep Training, Level 3, OCN Credit for Learning
Reflux and Early Allergies, Level 3, OCN Credit for Learning
Younique Postnatal Initial Doula Preparation Course
Breastfeeding Peer Support Training, Breastfeeding Support in Barnet
Development Workshop, Younique Postnatal
Supporting Clients with Subsequent Pregnancies After Loss, The Foundation For Infant Loss Training
Holistic Sleep Training Mini Course, Lindsey Hookway
Birth Doula Initial Preparation Course, Developing Doulas
Complimentary Therapies in Pregnancy and Birth Study Day, PBB Events
iHV Perinatal Mental Health Training, PANDAS Foundation
Postnatal Check In Course, Younique Postnatal
Safer Sleep and Supporting Parents Webinar, The Lullaby Trust and BASIS – Baby Sleep Info Source
Supporting Families Through Pregnancy Loss and the Death of a Baby Webinar, Sands
Fully insured with Morton Michel
British Red Cross Baby & Child First Aid Training