BSc(Hons) Midwifery (1st)
NNEB Nursery Nursing
KGH Hypnobirthing DipHb(KGH)
Doula UK member (recognised)
Doula UK Devon Area Representative
Nurturing Birth Doula
Supporter of 'Better Births' Healthwatch Devon, local MVP (Maternity Voices Partnership) and 'Doulas Without Borders'
Board member- 'Mothers First'
"Having qualified as a Nursery Nurse I worked as a full time Nanny in sole charge of babies and children from birth to five years old. I then married and had three children of my own. One born in a hospital, one at home and one at a Birth Centre. I later worked as 'Nursery Nurse in Charge' of a baby unit at a Day Nursery, then left to go to University. I gained a First Class Degree in Midwifery. I worked as a Midwife in two NHS hospitals, on labour and postnatal wards and in a fantastic Birth Centre.
I am privileged to have witnessed birth, new motherhood and fatherhood, and shared the journeys of many new and growing families. I was thrilled to be birth partner for my eldest daughter, at the beautiful homebirth of my granddaughter. I was then delighted to be there for her home waterbirth of my grandson. I am enjoying being a Nana, and it adds a new dimension to my understanding of women and families.
I chose to leave midwifery to become a Doula. I studied with Nurturing Birth and am now a recognised Doula on the Doula UK register, the Nurturing Birth Directory and a listed Hypnobirthing Teacher on the KGH directory.
My aim is to offer support to all parents-to-be, for them to have a Goodbirth, to empower them to make their own choices in whatever circumstances they find themselves.
I have always believed that birth can be a natural process, if women are able to access their own innate resources. This is of course not always possible when there are medical or other factors. Regardless of where and how a woman births I would hope she feels safe, nurtured and in control.
During my study for my Midwifery Degree, I chose to visit 'The Farm' in Tennessee, USA. The Midwifery Centre founded by Author, Midwife and International speaker Ina May Gaskin and her colleagues. Ina May and members of the inspirational team, gave us insight in to their successful practice. I was lucky enough to stay in a cabin by the clinic, and attend daily workshops. I left there with many incredibly useful, practical skills, which I still use in my Doula practice. (see RESOURCES page for reference).
Please do contact me to have an informal chat/email about what level of support you feel I could offer. Flexible, individualised support to suit you. I am excited to be able to offer courses in my new office 'THE SNUG' at GOODBIRTH.''