I trained to be a doula because I had a doula myself for my second birth, and that made all the difference between me feeling impotent and done-to, as I had the first time around, and empowered and strong the second time. I want to help you find the strength and power within you and I want to support you so you can meet your pregnancy, birth, feeding, and parenting goals.
I believe that loving, encouraging, and informed support really matters, so I will offer you evidence-based information, a warm and friendly listening ear, and an attention to detail that means that I will focus on your needs and desires.
I have extensive experience with both antenatal and postnatal support because I am a trained peer supporter through Pregnancy Sickness Support and also a trained breastfeeding counsellor on the National Breastfeeding Helpline. I have a particular passion for breastfeeding and have myself been a breastfeeding mother for six years and counting now. I also have experience of fertility treatment and would be happy to support individuals/families on their fertility journey.
Some of the relevant training I have taken includes:
a doula course;
a breastfeeding peer support module;
a breastfeeding counsellor course;
stress management skills;
courses in anatomy, physiology, genetics, and other science subjects.
Feel free to ask for my CV if you would like to know more.
Beside my volunteer roles, I work as an academic in literature and translation at the University of East Anglia. Outside of work, I love spending time with my family, reading, walking, and swimming. I am originally from Chicago, in the US, and now I live in Norwich with my wife and our two children and two cats.
I am a mentored doula, which means I am supported by a more experienced doula, and this in turn is beneficial to you since you in a sense get two doulas for the price of one.