I offer a range of services aimed at enabling a positive birth experience and continuity of care in pregnancy, birth and beyond.
With a focus on preparing for labour, birth, and life after baby
Birth and Postnatal Doula
Providing one-to-one emotional and practical support.
Supporting parents in-person and on skype consultations, with specialist breastfeeding knowledge and training (accredited with BFI)
'Birth to Two Parenting Support Group Leader'
Exploring the highs and lows of parenting in small, peer supported workshops
Twins Maternity Nurse
Nurturing and empowering families to make the best start possible on their twin-parenting journey (OFSTED registered).
Did You Know?
Doula involvement in pregnancy, birth and beyond has had these positive outcomes:
Decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience
Decrease in the use of labour augmentation
Decrease in the risk of C-section
Decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care unit
Increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth
Decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief
— Hodnett et al, 2012
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.
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.
- 2013 VRQ level 2 in Mental Health Awareness
- 2014 Understanding and Using Rebozo Techniques
- 2015 Introduction to Men, Love and Birth
- 2016 Paediatric First Aid
- 2016 Birth Trauma
- 2016 Physical Skills
- 2016 Introducing Solids
Continuity of care enhances good health and wellbeing for everyone.
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