Hi! I’m Lucy, a birth and postnatal doula based in London. I am a 20 year old student studying Dance Practices (Choreography) at Middlesex University as well as being a qualified dance teacher with IDTA. I love reading, writing and dying my shaved head!
For a lot of doulas, their bios start with ‘I have __ children and this is my experience of pregnancy…’
But, my story is a little different. I am a 19 year old dance university student with no children.
For a long time, when people asked me why I trained to be a doula, I never knew what to say but I have realised that like a lot of people, it is an amalgamation of many experiences.
So, where did my passion on the maternity sector come from?
Well, since the age of 11, I had a long battle with mental health including anorexia nervosa. Anorexia has a lot of physical elements to it as well as mental so at the age of 13, I suffered a loss of my periods meaning that discussions around motherhood, fertility and pregnancy were around me from a young age.
I then went onto develop non-epileptic seizures when I was 14. This was a daily challenge for me and my family as I had up to 30 seizures everyday and struggled to do anything beyond lay in bed. However, in August 2020, I made the decision to go on the contraceptive pill for personal reasons and my seizures completely stopped. When I asked the doctors about this sudden change they said it made sense as it was likely to be a hormonal imbalance and when I asked why it wasn’t offered to me when they started, they told me that they didn’t think my parents would want their child on the pill. This bought up so much frustration in me on the attitudes towards women in medicalised spaces. And now… here I am!
For a full list of my services and to find out a bit more about who I am, check out my website!
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Currently studying BA Dance Practices (Choreography) degree.
IDTA Freestyle Dance Teacher at Associate level.
All additional courses I have completed are listed on my website.