My work supporting women started in 2009 when I trained as a breastfeeding peer supporter and began volunteering in Blackpool and the Fylde area.
In 2010 I took over responsibility for the Blackpool Mothers’ Milk Bank, a local depot linked to a regional donor breastmilk bank. I volunteered as a coordinator and liaison for local mums donating their breastmilk.
I became a Director of the Breastfeeding Network in 2011 and a trustee of the charity.
Later in 2011 the time was right for me to attend my doula preparation course and I travelled to Cambridge to learn from Maddie McMahon of Developing Doulas.
By 2012 I was a regular member of the Blackpool Maternity Services Liaison Committee now Fylde Coast Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) and between 2014 and 2017 I was the Chair.
Following a mentorship period as a doula (and another pregnancy and birth) I became recognised as a birth and postnatal doula with Doula UK in 2015.
I completed Closing the Bones training in 2015.
Since 2016 I have been a Doula UK area representative.
After being a breastfeeding peer supporter for 7 years, I finally took the step to increase my breastfeeding knowledge, and since 2017 have been studying to be a Breastfeeding Counsellor with the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers (ABM).
I have recently been working alongside Developing Doulas again, and since November 2017 I have been able to offer training for doulas which is approved by Doula UK and is permanently based in the North West on the Fylde Coast.