Hello, What a pleasure to be doing this amazing work. I am passionate about empowering women and men to feel confident in their decision making for themselves and their children. The act of physical birth is deeply entwined with the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of the woman and the environment. When we acknowledge this, the woman and her family are empowered to direct the course of events to their own satisfaction.
I am a New Zealand educated midwife, now practicing as a doula here in the UK. I have been involved in women’s physical, mental and emotional health for over 20 years.
As i am an advocate of continuity-of-care I offer you a full package of support from pregnancy, then birth, then for the first 6-8 weeks of the babes life.
However, I can also break this into sections, depending on your needs.
On arriving here in the UK, via 3 years in Bali, I discovered that continuity-of-care was not an option for most pregnant women in the larger cities. I consider this to be one of the most important things for a happy outcome for mother and baby through the birthing process and the first few weeks of the babe’s life.
I first heard of doulas back in the 70’s but they were unknown in New Zealand at that time (they still are – mostly) Upon coming back to the UK, I found that doulas had become very popular with the decline of continuity-of-care within the high density cities. So I made the decision to become a doula here as this fitted perfectly with my philosophy on childbirth and infant care.
I became a mother in the late ‘70’s at the age of 22 and it was after attending many births in the 80’s I was invited to be the birthing companion to my friend and her husband in the early 90’s… for her homebirth…. This coincided with a desire for a career change (from stage and production managing) at the time. The desire to support and empower women in their right of choice for childbirth called and I went down the path of midwifery and counseling.
I found that I was counseling women more and more, listening to their birth stories and supporting them through some traumatic experiences. The first-time parents also needed lots of support and coaching through the birth and then most importantly – now what to do with this beautiful little being that they had created together.
This role earned me the title of ‘Spiritual Midwife’ and that in turn led me to a greater education in women’s mental and emotional health. I also realized after becoming a grandmother – that the doula role perfectly fits the Grandmother archetype.
I am a passionate advocate of the bonding of baby and the mother (or main caregiver) after birth as I feel this leads to a more balanced, healthier and connected adult in later life. (This is now being researched extensively in the present day).
I have lots of ‘tools’ in my toolbox and lots of experience to draw from… however I cannot ‘tell’ you what to do – what I can do, is to suggest many options to help you make your own decisions about what is right for you and your family, thereby enabling you a better opportunity to live a more full and enriched life.
i have attended natural births, home births, cesarean, ventouse, forceps and VBAC deliveries, though my qualifications as a midwife are not valid here in the UK so i cannot be in a place of responsibility for any medical decisions or advice.
I support and study Ina May Gaskin, Frederick Leboyer, Michel Odent, Dr Gabor Mate, Gordon Neufeld, hypnobirthing, , waterbirthing, La Leche League, breastfeeding support groups. Plus many complimentary therapies such as Bach Flowers, Homeopathy, aromatherapy, massage, placenta encapsulation, baby sounding, plus more.
I am happy to do your baby’s Human Design chart for a small fee.
“It is a matter of the woman being comfortable, not stressed, in a place where she feels safe, without people fussing, without other people stressing, without anyone else trying to have her baby for her, no telling her what her body already knows.” Libby Williams
Bachelor of Health Science (Midwifery) - AUT - New Zealand
Conscious Birthing (Doula course) - UK
Antenatal and Birth preparation (Kicki Hansard) - UK
Lactation consultant - New Zealand
Certificate - Midwifery: Building Relationships Saves Lives - Australia
Wholistic Therapy - NZ, Australia
Bach Flower Practitioner - New Zealand
Bodywork - various
Reiki - New Zealand