Alison Grunwald

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Listing Category: Breastfeeding Peer Supporter and Doula

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  • I am a Birth and Postnatal doula serving North West London and surrounding areas. It is a great privilege to support new parents as they enlarge their families and to help make the process as smooth as possible. I inform, educate, support physically and emotionally and use my experience from dozens of births to guide clients . You can read what two of them had to say below.
    After you get in touch, if you want I will visit, free of charge, so that you can get to know me and decide if I am right for you.
    My Birth Package includes at least two antenatal and two postnatal visits; 24hour on call from 38 weeks; effective support, during labour and birth; help in establishing and maintaining breastfeeding, and providing confidence and information at each stage. I offer massage during labour and support to breathe deeply and relax.
    Antenatal sessions include preparing a strong, well considered Birth Plan, ensuring all baby equipment and necessities are discussed, explaining when I will come, how we will travel to birth unit and the best ways to labour in the early stages and manage pain without drugs, if this is your choice. Not everyone wants this and I will go through the options, explaining how they work.
    Once booked I am easily contactable by phone or email and will always respond promptly.
    I am happy to provide ongoing postnatal visits and also breastfeeding ‘drop-ins’ to support and offer guidance on early breastfeeding and breastcare. I am a peer breastfeeding supporter at the Royal Free Hospital where I help new mothers latch their babies for effective feeding.

    “Alison, you have been an invaluable source of encouragement, knowledge and support, combining professional experience and an extensive knowledge with a deep empathy and genuine concern for the wellbeing of all involved. It is not always easy taking a stranger into one’s home, but you are such easy company and so calm, reassuring and genuine that it never really felt like that. It was not only very helpful, but also a pleasure to spend time with you.
    “Always available when needed, but never imposing or interfering, you have helped to make this the experience we had imagined…..Should we be fortunate enough to have another baby, we can think of no one more helpful and reassuring to have advising and helping us along the way.” Chris, father of baby Carlo, born October 2015 at UCH.

    “From when my husband and I met Alison we felt very at ease but also confident that she had the knowledge and experience to be exactly what we wanted and needed. I chose to have a doula at my second birth due to the bad experience of my first birth.
    “Our antenatal visits were extremely helpful at making me feel positive about the birth, something I never thought I would feel.
    “When it came to the labour, Alison listened to my lead and came to our house as soon as I felt I needed her there. It soon became apparent my labour was progressing very quickly and she kept me and my husband calm and kept a level head throughout.
    “Once at the hospital she calmly made sure the team were aware of all my wishes, which wouldn’t have happened otherwise, as I was close to giving birth, and without her there I would have felt very rushed.
    “she helped make sure I got the water-birth I wanted, and all went very well at the birth.
    “Afterwards she took on a very mothering role of looking after me and being the best advocate I could have hoped for.
    “Postnatally, when I struggled with breastfeeding, she also had very good tips I used.
    “I would not hesitate to recommend her as your doula. I will definitely be recommending her to all my friends.” Laura, mother of baby Conrad, born in Birth Centre pool, UCH

  • About Me:

    I am a happily married mother-of-four, including twins, and a grandmother of 7. I was fortunate enough to have two VBACs (vaginal birth after Caesarean) and be able to breastfeed all my children. My experiences, over 30 years ago, informed my wish to help other women achieve the birth they hoped for and I have (so far) been privileged to support around 50 births.
    I am non-judgemental and happy to fit in with your choices, both for your type of birth and feeding method. I will guide you towards successful breastfeeding or how to safely prepare and store forumula. Also how and when to use a pump.
    My counselling background has been invaluable, as family situations are often complex, and at times of stress I am a respectful listener.
    I provide effective massage during labour which my clients say really helps in managing pain, and I am there for their partners - aware of their needs and happy to involve them as much as they like.
    Birth is a family affair and should be a joyful journey: one of the most important aspects of my work as a doula is to help you to be partners, with your medical care-givers, in any decision-making along the way and never highjacked by events.

  • I have Doula UK Recognition for Births and Postnatal work and am
    Nurturing Birth Certified.
    I am a former Relate Couples' Counsellor and an experienced Fertility Counsellor. I worked at the London Women's Clinic in W1.
    I am a peer breastfeeding supporter at the Royal Free Hospital and I am currrently undergoing further breastfeeding training from an IBCLC lactation consultant.

  • About Me:

    I am a happily married mother-of-four, including twins, and a grandmother of 7. I was fortunate enough to have two VBACs (vaginal birth after Caesarean) and be able to breastfeed all my children. My experiences, over 30 years ago, informed my wish to help other women achieve the birth they hoped for and I have (so far) been privileged to support around 50 births.
    I am non-judgemental and happy to fit in with your choices, both for your type of birth and feeding method. I will guide you towards successful breastfeeding or how to safely prepare and store forumula. Also how and when to use a pump.
    My counselling background has been invaluable, as family situations are often complex, and at times of stress I am a respectful listener.
    I provide effective massage during labour which my clients say really helps in managing pain, and I am there for their partners - aware of their needs and happy to involve them as much as they like.
    Birth is a family affair and should be a joyful journey: one of the most important aspects of my work as a doula is to help you to be partners, with your medical care-givers, in any decision-making along the way and never highjacked by events.