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 and across the North West, offering birth and postnatal support to women and their families, antenatal preparation for parents and Closing the Bones for all women. I have taken the step to increase my breastfeeding knowledge recently and am now a trainee Breastfeeding Counsellor too.
I have recently been working alongside Developing Doulas again, in order to be able to offer training for doulas based in the North West, these are exciting times for doula work in this part of the country!
When I’m not working, then I’m generally spending time with my children, crocheting, trying to get to grips with Instagram (!) and trying to meet up with friends for tea and cake. My network of friends (and my mum) are amazing, they continue to inspire and support me and they deserve a mention – thank you!
Supporting women in pregnancy, birth, with infant feeding and in the early days is important to me. As a result of my enthusiasm and keenness to speak up, I have become involved in various organisations responsible for improving and monitoring health and maternity services: member of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP), having previously been the Chair for 3 years; service user representative on Blackpool Teaching Hosptital’s Delivery Suite forum; former User Auditor with the NW Local Supervising Authority; Peoples Panel member for Public Health England; and most recently Senate Assembly member for the NW Clinical Strategic Network. If you are interested in any of these roles and what they undertake please get in touch!