I am a birth and postnatal doula in and around London. I am also a keen advocate for the benefits of antenatal preparation for informed decision making and for mother-centred continuity of care through the golden month of early parenting.
I feel keenly that the experience of our current lockdown present very real challenges for new mums, many of whom will have had to birth their babies in difficult and unexpected environments. Listening to your story, offering a safe online space to debrief and engage with the challenges you face is one important way in which I seek to offer you relief and support. I also practice in the hope of finding positives that will continue to inspire and encourage new mums in this time, not least in finding quiet and restful ways to shelter, nest and find peace at home with your new baby.
I live a culturally Anglo-French lifestyle with my French husband and three teen children in a between Herne Hill and Brixton where our community is strong and engaging even in this current crisis.
In my own time, I thrive on daily walks through the green spaces of London and beyond, outdoor swimming, peaceful moments with a good book, pilates, community, friends and family. Being there for you as a new mother also brings me joy!
Whatever the unique set up that characterises your situation, the support I can offer you comes with the combined knowledge and experience of being both a mother and a doula and there is much, even in the present confinement that can be done to help with the practicalities of the early months with a new baby so you feel confident to build up your family, your way.
Contact me to arrange a free interview. I offer online support and back up all sessions with follow up resources, email and phone contact as needed.
I encourage you all to take heart and reach out for support. I wish you well.
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Nurturing Birth Doula
workshops in Newborn care, Twins & Multiples and Reflux (all certified through Youique Postnatal)
Holistic Sleep Coaching with Lindsay Hookway
Every Birth Matters workshop with Nurturing Birth
"Thank you for making me feel listened to... with your calm, supportive presence." S&C, Hampshire
"You really are such a gem & support... a loyal, generous, kind and empathetic font of knowledge... It made the world of difference." Clare, Fulham
"I found today's session with you very reassuring and useful. Thank you" Amy, Camberwell
"Claire supported us in creating a bespoke plan for the birth - both taking into account our ideas and also the difficult context of Covid. She was extremely empathetic and patient, taking time to listen to my partner and I and where we were coming from. She provided a great deal of information and support. " Sara, Streatham
"Claire was very understanding and I felt she provided a truely listening ear. My concerns and fears seemed valid to her, and that was important to me - I wanted to feel understood. I wasn't sure before we met what I was looking for in a doula but I felt confident after meeting Claire that she had all the qualities I wanted in my doula." AR, Honor Oak.