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.

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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 also recently 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 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.

Professional Development

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 LearningReflux 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

DBS

Fully insured with Morton Michel

British Red Cross Baby & Child First Aid Training