Hi, my name is Mel & I’m sharing my story to tell you a bit more of what drives my passion in working with expectant & new parents…
When I had my first daughter in South Africa, I was on my own with little support & less money. At the time I was completing the midwifery component of my education & so I knew a fair bit about hospital policy in managing physiological labour & birth. What I lacked was the information & support that would give me my own voice while birthing my daughter. We ended up in surgery undergoing an emergency C-section with me under general anaesthetic, & looking back, it was a really traumatic start to our journey as mother & child. When we got home from the hospital, difficult family dynamics made settling into my new role as a single mom that much harder… I remember being visited by an independent midwife & her incredible help while my baby & I established feeding was invaluable. I was scared & so unsure how I was going to cope but her guidance was a beacon of light in a dark time & I remember thinking everyone deserves this kind of support. So, I changed my focus from a medically based perspective to a more person-centred approach & that really shifted my career path.
Roll on 9 years & I was birthing my second daughter halfway across the world in York. This time around, things were very different. This time I had found my voice. The birth was not without its own challenges, few births are, but this time I was empowered. I had the support of a local doula & through my journey with her, I met my tribe. These ladies provided me with the post-natal support I had craved so much with my first born, & ignited my passion to advance my learning so that I too could guide & support others through the incredible rollercoaster of a journey we call parenthood.
It is through my own lived experiences that I am passionate about providing information, advocacy & support to mothers – & their families – around pregnancy, birth, infant feeding & parenting. I wear many hats – former nurse, antenatal educator, breastfeeding counsellor, postnatal practitioner, & holistic sleep coach; all of which strengthen my commitment to support parents on their unique journeys in ways that are most useful to them. This kind of support plays an integral role in influencing early childhood development & infant-parent bonding & I believe is absolutely vital for the development of healthy relationships not only with each other but as a wider society, too.
Through a person-centred approach & by building on current scientific evidence I will provide you with a tailored service offering in-depth support & guidance in All Things Birth & Beyond.
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