Hi, I’m Letitia and I run Down to Earth Birth and Postnatal. I offer a tailored to each family Birth and Postnatal Doula service, Postnatal Infant Feeding Support, Antenatal Breastfeeding. I am also a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter, this gives me a special interest and wide ranging experience in supporting infant feeding. I’m based in Liverpool, UK and cover the Merseyside, North Cheshire, Halton and East Lancs.
After teaching dance for around 12 years, I fell pregnant with my first baby, the pregnancy went smoothly, but I felt that I had lost the control I craved during baby’s birth. It was only after the birth that I had remembered a friend who had made use of a Doula to decrease the chances of intervention and to assist postnatally. Once I researched Doulas and the good they do, I was hooked! I felt that my partner found it hard to advocate for me during the process and that having someone there to hold the space for me would have been so beneficial to the whole experience. It was then I promised myself I would train to be a Doula at some point, so that I could be that support to new families and assist them at such a vulnerable and transitionary time… and the rest is history!
In the time since having my first, I have also gained a breastfeeding peer supporter qualification and I’m now looking towards a Breastfeeding Counsellor course and further on, to qualify as an IBCLC. I feel that this can only inform and improve the service I provide.
During pregnancy I was also concerned about still teaching my dance and fitness classes. After much research, I found that mothers who continue to exercise (on the advice of their care provider) during pregnancy can benefit both baby and themselves. I then followed a cpd regarding Antenatal Dance and have now begun teaching these sessions. These classes continue to go from strength to strength and there are now a number of them spread across Liverpool.
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Nurturing Birth Doula
La Leche League peer supporter training
RAD- Benefits of Antenatal Dance CPD
PGCE LLS and BA (Hons) in Dance Practices.
Pending- ABM Breastfeeding Counsellor Training