SO by now you've probably got an inkling into who I am and what I do. But let me tell you why I do it.
To me, women are incredible, powerful forces of nature, and somewhere along the line society in the UK and in the communities I have lived in overseas, has sort of forgotten this. I'm passionate about active, positive and conscious birth, however this might look for each unique woman. My role in supporting pregnant women emotionally and physically through this transformational time in her life, is sacred to me.
My passion, my love and my foundation for Doulaing is rooted in the traditional principles of yoga and the belief that our bodies contain more wisdom than we know - we just need to reawaken it. However, sometimes our bodies and our babies have a say and birth can look very different from woman to woman and that's ok so long as she is listened to and respected at each and every stage.
I trained as a teacher in Pregnancy and Postnatal Yoga with the fantastic Uma Dinsmore-Tuli in 2015 whilst pregnant with my first child.
My journey as a Doula began in 2016 shortly after I began teaching and my son was born, although in my heart I think I might always been a Doula. I completed the Developing Doulas training with Maddie McMahon in 2016 with a strong desire to Doula for birth initially. I learned the Closing of the Bones ceremony shortly after with Sophie Messenger and Maddie McMahon, a teaching they learned directly from Rocio Alarcon, from Equador.
Via motherhood I have found an even deeper capacity to love and serve other women as they have loved and served me!
I have a personal yoga practice spanning 20 years and have more than 360 hours training. I'm certified by Yoga Alliance US and have studied with some of Europe's most experienced and respected yogis.
Before dedicating all my time to mothering mothers-to-be, (and my own babies) I was a Charity Copywriter for some of the third sector’s biggest NGOs such as CAFOD, Unicef, Shelter, WWF and Mencap. The transition to the yoga and birth world began in 2011 when I arrived at The Special Yoga Centre, a small charity in West London, to take up the role of a role as Communications Manager. It was here I learned the true power of yoga and truly began my journey. I saw the life-changing impact that yoga as a therapy was having on the babies, children and adults with special needs and developmental challenges. I qualified as a Yoga Therapist for children with special needs in February 2014.
I am a certified Yoga Teacher with the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre organisation (ISYVC) with Yoga Alliance US accreditation (RYT200). I trained in the Himalayas, India in November 2013.
In 2018 I moved to Thailand with my two young sons and husband where I began offering my Doula services, mainly to the expat community whilst training to be a Breastfeeding Councillor with the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers.