In 2003 my eldest daughter was born. I found her birth and early days an overwhelming and heavily medicalised experience which didn’t get any easier in the following months. Healing from a traumatic birth experience whilst caring for a ‘high-needs’ baby was exhausting! I became acutely aware of just how important information, rather than advice, and emotional support at this time of transition and adjustment are, in the months leading up to the birth and in the birthing process.
On completion of my nursing qualification in 2004, among other things I worked as a childbirth educator and doula for an independent midwife practice in South Africa.
In 2010 I moved to the UK and in 2012 my second daughter was born. I was well informed and thoroughly prepared to ensure I experienced an empowering labour and birth experience. Breastfeeding however, was far from easy and the impact of family and familiar support networks being far away confirmed for me the need for postnatal support – not only for new families but growing families too.
After much reflection I realised that providing information in a supportive and empowering manner in a full-time capacity is what is most important to me, and I decided to re-train specifically to work with women (and their partners) at this exciting – sometimes overwhelming — time in their lives.