Hi I’m Anna and I’m a recognised postnatal doula, registered with Doula UK. I am also currently training to be a birth doula, so that I can support families during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period.
I live in Edgware, North West London with my husband and two lively, active boys who are nine and five years old. I have always enjoyed working with and supporting families and young children and have done so for nearly twenty years. 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 and ran Baby Massage and Messy Play sessions before becoming a doula.
As a 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.