Training & Experience


Training & Experience

My awareness of the disparities birthing people can face within maternity care soon led to me training, volunteering and working as a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter for The Breastfeeding Network. Over the last six years within my role, I have supported numerous families through their breastfeeding journeys in my local community, as well as volunteered on the National Breastfeeding Helpline. Engaging closely with women immediately after birth has been an immensely rewarding experience. It is an absolute privilege to be a part of such a special period and witness women and birthing people discovering their power by feeding their babies themselves. However I often felt a desire to have had the opportunity to work with the families earlier in their journey, which is why birth work and doula-ing called to me…

My Journey

I decided to embark on my path to becoming a birth doula in 2016 by attending the Paramana Doula course led by internationally renowned obstetrician Michel Odent & experienced London Doula, Liliana Lammers. My attendance completely cemented my passion to support birthing people in their transition into parenthood and my hope to nourish mothers/ parents connections to themselves and to the sacred energy of giving birth – to ideas, expressions, dreams, lives, and existence.

Along the way, I’ve also trained as a Developmental Infant Massage Teacher and Babywearing Peer Supporter, ran baby massage workshops, volunteered in sling libraries, been involved with breastfeeding awareness campaigns, events and films. I volunteer on the National Breastfeeding Helpline (https://www.nationalbreastfeedinghelpline.org.uk/) and with Neighbourhood Doulas (https://www.neighbourhooddoulas.org/), a charity organisation committed to providing doula support to disadvantaged families.

I regularly attend various study days, training, conferences and workshops to further my knowledge and keep me up to date with evidence-based research. I eagerly look forward to continuing my chapter of growth within the birthing world and learning the most from the inspiring families and birth workers I meet.

Ongoing Personal Development, Training & Experience

2019

  • Born to Carry, Babywearing Peer Support Course, London – June
  • Paediatric first aid training, St John’s Ambulance, London – June

2018

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

2017

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

2016

  • Breastfeeding in Special Situations – The Breastfeeding Network Study Day, London – December
  • Information Governance training, Health and Social Care Information Centre, London – December
  • Safeguarding Awareness training, Safeguarding E-Academy, London – December
  • Breastfeeding Supporter Course, The Breastfeeding Network, London – October 2014 – September 2016
  • Paramana Doula training, Lilianna Lammers & Michel Odent, London – March

2015

  • The Breastfeeding Network Study Day, Plymouth

2014

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

2013

  • Breastfeeding Helper Course, The Breastfeeding Network, London – April – September