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Meet Lucy

Lucy Leonard

Hi , I’m lucy. A mother, doula and breastfeeding supporter

When I became a Mother I found an even deeper capacity to love and serve other women as they have loved and served me. 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 have 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.

Birth can look very different from woman to woman, which is normal, natural and totally ok, so long as she is listened to, empowered and respected at each and every stage of her experience. I truly, wholeheartedly believe, this, have witnessed the alternatives and will work for the rest of my life, alongside women and young families ensuring they have the support they need to thrive.

With more than 360 hours of traditional Hatha Yoga training under my belt, I specialised as a Pregnancy and Postnatal Yoga teacher with the fantastic Uma Dinsmore-Tuli in 2015 whilst pregnant with my first baby. I continued to study intensely on behalf of all my students, taught multiple classes a week, held workshops and women’s circles across South East London where we would inevitably talk about birth preparations and movements and meditations for labour. When mothers-to-be began asking me to be on the end of the phone for when their labour begins, it was an organic evolution to train as a Doula.

My journey into Doulaing began in 2016. I answered the call. My Mother is a nurse, as was my Grandmother, but somewhere along the line I was discouraged from entering the medical profession (with a view to study midwifery) because I was never ‘good’ at Maths and Science at school. I am a writer, an artist, a linguist even. And so I became a writer.

My own birth and transition into Motherhood was transformative. I realised after nestling into my new role, after witnessing the support I had and didn’t have, the things I wish I’d known and asked for, the rights I didn’t know I had…It became clear to me. I was never supposed to be a Midwife. I was a Doula.

I completed the Developing Doulas training with Maddie McMahon in 2016 after speaking to all the working Doulas I could. I booked my first client during that training course, set up my ‘business’ and attended birth after birth from there, meeting the most incredible families as they welcome their babies into their arms. I quickly became a Recognised Doula with Doula UK in 2017. I learned the Closing of the Bones ceremony and Postnatal Massage with Sophie Messenger and Maddie McMahon, a teaching they learned directly from Rocio Alarcon, from Equador. 

I completed my Breastfeeding Mother Supporter certificate in 2018 with the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers and have held voluntary Breastfeeding Support Circles in Thailand. I have attended close to 25 births in the UK, run birth education courses off and online, offered Yoga Nidra for pregnancy as part of The Group: Midwife-led Antenatal Workshops and have facilitated Blessingways and Placenta Burial Ceremonies for women and their communities.

I am a learning alchemist, herbalist and aromatherapist, learning ancient natural healing recipes to assist female mental, physical and spiritual health and wellbeing.

Remember I said I became a writer? Well 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, women, mothers and holistic female health and wellbeing 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.

In 2018 I moved to Thailand with my two young sons and husband where I began offering my Doula services to the expat community whilst training to be a Breastfeeding Councillor with the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers, facilitating a Positive Birth Movement Group and running online Doula services to women across the world.