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Welcome

Seeking information and support in the transition to parenthood is a critical step in ensuring your health and wellbeing – and that of your baby’s – throughout this life-changing journey, in pregnancy, birth and beyond.

Services

I offer a range of services aimed at enabling a positive birth experience and continuity of care in pregnancy, birth and beyond.

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Did You Know?

Doula involvement in pregnancy, birth and beyond has had these positive outcomes:

  • 34%

    Decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience

  • 31%

    Decrease in the use of labour augmentation

  • 28%

    Decrease in the risk of C-section

  • 14%

    Decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care unit

  • 12%

    Increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth

  • 9%

    Decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief

— Hodnett et al, 2012

Mission Statement

I aim to support women by upholding their birthing and parenting decisions, based on their personal circumstances and relevant information, to ensure the best possible outcomes for them. This support will assist them to translate their hopes and desires into memorable, lived experiences.

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About Me

Mel and her girls

I am a mum. I am also a fully qualified Advanced Birth & Beyond practitioner (University of Worcester), with a background in nursing and complementary therapies, and have worked with families as a doula and childbirth educator since 2005. I am committed to promoting and facilitating positive birth and parenting experiences. This has motivated my continued research into practices and circumstances that impact birthing and early parenting experiences, including birth trauma and perinatal mental health. Birthing approaches and resultant situations play an integral role in influencing early childhood development and infant-parent bonding.

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My Story

Continuity of care enhances good health and wellbeing for everyone.

Testimonial

We feel very fortunate that Mel was our doula and recommend her to anyone looking for a knowledgeable, reliable, friendly and positive support person for your antenatal, birth or post‐natal care.

— Dr Pegine Walrad and Dr Robert Rothenberg