My name is Zoe Walsh, I live just outside Blackpool with my 2 daughters born in 2009 and 2007.
Having children completely changed my world and from that moment I began to explore how I could support women in pregnancy and in the early days after a birth. Initially I trained as a breastfeeding peer supporter and eventually as a doula in 2011 with the fabulous Developing Doulas. Now as a recognised birth and postnatal doula I work in and around Blackpool, Lancaster and Preston, offering birth and postnatal support to women and their families, antenatal preparation for parents and Closing the Bones for all women. I have been working alongside Developing Doulas again recently in order to be able to offer training for doulas based in the North West.
Supporting women in pregnancy, birth, with infant feeding and in the early days is important to me. I am a member of the Maternity Services Liaison Committee (MSLC) known locally as Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Maternity Matters, having previously chaired for 3 years. I’m a service user representative on the Delivery Suite forum for Blackpool Teaching Hospital, a User Auditor for the Local Supervising Authority and am on the Peoples Panel for Public Health England.