Hi I’m Anna and I’m a recognised postnatal doula, registered with Doula UK.
I live in Edgware, North West London with my husband and two lively, active boys who are eight and four years old. I have always enjoyed working with and supporting families and young children. I trained as an Early Years teacher. I worked in school nurseries and then in the nursery of a Children’s Centre in North London.
I then worked as a Family Support and Outreach Worker in the Children’s Centre for six years. This role was very varied and each day was different. I ran groups for parents and babies/young children including Baby Massage, Sensory Baby, Rhyme Time and Stay and Play. I provided outreach support to families from all walks of life, in their own homes and at the Children’s Centre. I also provided parents with information and sign posted them to other services in the local area. I did not return to the Children’s Centre after my maternity leave two years ago and since then I have run Baby Massage and Messy Play sessions.
As a postnatal doula I am able to use the skills and experience that I developed as a Family Support and Outreach worker to support families in their own homes with a new baby or babies and older children.
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 became a Mother without having the support of her own Mother – for whatever circumstances that may be.
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 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.
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
British Red Cross Baby & Child First Aid Training