'You are going to be the best mum!'
That is what so many people say when a woman is pregnant, but at a time of change and with hormones flying around, we might not always feel so confident or self assured. I know I didn't.
I am a mother of one daughter and I did the Developing Doula course in 2016 in Surrey with the wonderful Zara de Candole from Doulabud.
I live in Puttenham, a beautiful village between Guildford and Farnham in Surrey. Having grown up in the Woking and Godalming areas and with my daughter now at school in Hindhead and my parents in West Sussex, I am frequently in the car, on the back roads, beating traffic, but I feel so lucky to live in this stunning area of the world!
I am a total yoga bunny, knitwear junkie and dog lover. I love long walks on crisp autumn mornings and cosy nights in with a good movie and glass of wine. I have a gorgeous black labrador dog who I thank every day for getting me out walking in the fresh air. My morning walks are my little meditations and space for myself to breathe and reflect.
Family and friends are so important to me and have been a huge support over the years. I have learnt so much from them and about myself, through pregnancy, childbirth and becoming a mother, but also through three bouts of breast cancer when I was twenty six, thirty two and thirty four.
After becoming a mother post cancer and experiencing the lack of support for those of us whose breastfeeding and health may be compromised, I feel passionately about specialising in this area and supporting other mothers who may find themselves in a similar position. No-one is ever alone.
If you would like to read more about the SafeSpace support group I run for those recovering post cancer or read my blog on adjusting to life again after a diagnosis, as well as being a mum and trying to juggle life, as well as all the things we can do to nurture ourselves and take hold of our self care through times of adversity, head over to the Samspaces website.