I offer support to both new and expectant parents to help families adjust to life with their new baby or babies. This includes breastfeeding support as well as more holistic support as a Postnatal Doula.
I have three school-age children and my own experiences of birth and early parenting led me to qualify as an NCT-trained Breastfeeding Counsellor. In the past ten years I have supported hundreds of new and expectant parents with all aspects of feeding milk and solids to babies and toddlers. This has also entailed reflecting on related issues such as sleep, and physical and mental health.
My interactions with families underlined their need for ongoing support to adjust to life with their new baby or babies. I trained as a Postnatal Doula with Conscious Birthing so I could offer exactly this type of support. My approach is to keep things as simple as possible in the postnatal period by encouraging parents to focus on their baby's needs and their own basic needs. I sit alongside parents as I listen and try to understand things from their perspective. I am also a practical person who is quite happy to roll up my sleeves and get on with whatever needs to be done around the house.
I regularly attend relevant conferences and workshops to ensure that the families I support continue to benefit from new knowledge and best practice around pre and postnatal support. As so many issues for new parents relate to sleep, I have completed Lyndsey Hookway’s Holistic Sleep Coaching (Mini) course. I am also a Developmental Baby Massage Teacher, certified by Peter Walker.
For many years I have been involved in my local community as an NCT Enfield Branch volunteer, assisting at Bumps & Babies meetings, organising Walks in the Park for people with babies or young children and offering breastfeeding support at local Children’s Centres.