Path to douling

Training & experience

My awareness of the disparities women and birthing people can face within maternity care soon led me to training, volunteering and working as a Breastfeeding Counsellor for the Breastfeeding Network. Over eight years in this post has allowed me the opportunity to support hundreds of families through their feeding journeys in my local community as well as nationally on the breastfeeding helpline. Engaging closely with women immediately after birth has been an immensely rewarding experience. It is a privilege to provide a specialised service and witness women and birthing people discover their power in feeding their babies and overcoming initial challenges. However, I often felt a desire to be involved with families earlier on in their journeys which is why I felt called to become a doula…

Path to douling

I decided to embark on my path to becoming a birth keeper in 2016 by studying with Paramana doula, a course led by internationally renowned obstetrician Michel Odent and experienced London doula, Lilliana Lammers. The inspiration and knowledge I gained with them cemented my passion to support birthing people in their transition through pregnancy, birth and parenthood. My hope is to nourish mothers’ and parents’ connections with themselves and to the intrinsic design of birthing. Expanding this creative ability to give birth to ideas, expressions, dreams, lives and human existence.

Along the way, I have trained as a Developmental Infant Massage Teacher and Babywearing Peer Supporter, facilitated baby massage workshops, volunteered in sling libraries, had involvement with breastfeeding awareness campaigns, events and films. I have completed specific lactation support training and am working towards qualifying as a Lactation Consultant. I volunteer on the National Breastfeeding Helpline (www.nationalbreastfeedinghelpline.org.uk/) and with volunteer doula organisations supporting families with financial or other difficulties including Neighbourhood doulas (www.neighbourhooddoulas.org/) and Doula UK access fund.

I regularly attend various study days, training, conferences and workshops to further my knowledge and keep I frequently attend study days, training, conferences and workshops to stay up to date and further my knowledge. Most importantly I continue to deepen my practice as an empathic doula and learn the most from the awesome families and fellow birth workers I meet.

Ongoing personal development & training

2021

  • Against the grain allyship workshop – Abuela Doula
  • Lactation Consultants of Great Britain conference – LCGB
  • Breastfeeding London postgraduate level 5 diploma – Centre for Breastfeeding Education

2020

  • LGBTQ+ competency training – Queer Birth Club
  • UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative conference – UNICEF
  • Reducing parental conflict training – Knowledge, DWP

2019

  • Safeguarding Awareness training – St Thomas’s Hospital
  • Cultural competency workshop – Abuelas Red Tent
  • Breastfeeding through vulnerability workshop – Every Woman Doula 
  • Information Governance training – Health and Social Care Information Centre
  • Babywearing Peer Support Course – Born to Carry
  • Paediatric first aid training – St John’s Ambulance

2018

  • LEAP Addressing Healthy Eating: From Conception to Reception
  • Motherwarming Postnatal Remedies – Red Tent 
  • Aware Parenting Conference
  • Babywearing Peer Supporter training
  • Working with families experiencing domestic violence training – Lambeth Council
  • Sleep Techniques Training – Milpond Sleep Clinic
  • Introduction to Infant Feeding and Intro to solids training – NHS Nutrition
  • Infant Massage Teacher – Peter Walker’s Developmental Infant Massage Teacher training
  • Breastfeeding Update training – NHS Breastfeeding Team Southwark and Lambeth
  • The Breastfeeding Network Study Day

2017

  • Getting good nutrition right from the start – First Steps Nutrition Conference

2016

  • Breastfeeding in Special Situations – The Breastfeeding Network
  • Information Governance training – Health and Social Care Information Centre
  • Safeguarding Awareness training – Safeguarding E-Academy
  • Breastfeeding Supporter Course – The Breastfeeding Network
  • Paramana Doula training – Lilianna Lammers & Michel Odent

2015

  • The Breastfeeding Network Study Day

2014

  • The Breastfeeding Network Study Day
  • Physiological Birth Conference: Promoting Normality – St Georges Hospital 

2013

  • Breastfeeding Helper Course – The Breastfeeding Network