What is a Post Natal Doula?
The definition of a doula; 'also known as a birth companion and post-birth supporter, is a nonmedical person who assists a woman before, during, and/or after childbirth, as well as her spouse and/or family, by providing physical assistance and emotional support' - Wikipiedia
Being a post natal doula means the world to me. I am passionate about not only supporting woman at this crucial stage of their lives, but also encouraging them to take vital time to heal and recover, after illness and child birth. Having had experience of both pregnancy, birth and three breast cancer diagnosis, I have learnt a great deal about the importance of self care, rest, recovery, nutrition and the benefits of holistic support.
I have a mentored profile on Doula UK and I am currently signing up for courses focusing on bone closing massage. I have recently completed courses on baby wearing and post natal mental health, among others. I am actively looking for clients who may need that extra support during the post partum period in all areas and offering my services as Mummy's biggest cheer leader, helping to navigate this transition between life without baby, to life with a baby.
I am writing a regular blog about this journey, about my thoughts, feelings, experiences and learnings. Doula's are a growing domestic army in the Western world, but in countries such as India, China and the middle east, having a doula or multiple doula's through labour and post labour, is part of their culture. By training as a post natal doula, after experiencing child brith and post cancer recovery myself, I want to help make it part of ours.
I have an active profile on The Luna Hive and will soon be collaborating with Younique Post Natal to co host a post natal support group in the Guildford, Godalming and Farnham areas of Surrey.
Read on to find out more and if you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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