I’m mother to 2 wonderful young people and stepmum to one wonderful, all-grown-up person. I’m a birth and postnatal doula, doula course leader and doula mentor. I have also been a breastfeeding counsellor since 2005 and founded a well-known breastfeeding support group in 2007. I am co-founder of Cambridge Breastfeeding Alliance.
I live in Girton and work with families all over Cambridgeshire and sometimes beyond.
I used to teach English but gave it up because parents and babies are far more fascinating! There is quite literally no greater honour to be had in life than supporting new families.
I have been doing this thing since the beginning of 2004 so have now been around for the births of well over 100 babies. I was shortlisted for the Doula UK Doula of the Year Award in 2009.
My clients have opted for hospital, Birth Centre and home births. Some have chosen to have vaginal births after caesareans. Some have had twins and more! I have also supported women having caesareans, and been present in theatre. I have also supported many women labouring and birthing in water, both at home and in hospital.
I have worked as a postnatal doula for dozens of families, both short and long-term. I love nurturing a family through the transition to parenthood, watching their confidence grow as they work out how they’d like to parent.
My goal as a doula is to accompany parents along the journey in whatever way is most useful and nurturing for them. We all birth and parent in different ways – and there are so many choices. A doula’s role is to walk the path with the family, point out things of interest or useful information and hold the space while they decide on the direction that is right for them.
I am half Cornish so I can mostly be found yearning for the sea and eating far too many cream teas.
I am a recognised doula with Doula UK.
I am a registered Breastfeeding Counsellor with the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers
I run a Doula Preparation Course and enjoy guiding women through their first steps to becoming a doula
I am a Mentor for Doula UK.
My book Why Doulas Matter is published by Pinter & Martin
“Just the Doula”
£850 includes all antenatal support: a minimum of 2 antenatal preparation for birth sessions, unlimited phone and email support during pregnancy, support during labour and birth, 1 or 2 postnatal visits and 6 weeks telephone/email support if needed after the birth
£1000 includes an antenatal preparation for breastfeeding session or extra birth preparation or babycare session on top of the minimum of 2 antenatal meetings, 2 postnatal visits and a Closing the Bones massage plus 6 weeks phone/email support if needed after the birth.
Retainer Fee: £400. The remainder of the full fee: payable by, or at, 38 weeks into the pregnancy or at the postnatal visit.
Postnatal rates: £20 per hour.
A note about fees: Money is a necessary evil. I need it, to care for myself and my family. However, if I wanted to be swimming in the stuff, I’d go do something else! I try not to let money get in the way of me supporting a family who I feel a real affinity for, so if you are concerned about my fees, talk to me. We can usually find a way. I have been paid in so many ways over the years so am definitely open to being paid or part-paid in kind, as well as cash. So if you or your partner have a skill or service you can share, let me know!
I’m happy to be paid in instalments.
Likewise, if, after you have been ‘doulaed’ you think I’m a bargain, you are very welcome to pay me more. If you want to show your appreciation, or you think I’m cheap at double the price, or you want others, less fortunate than you, to be able to benefit from doula support – whatever the reason, your gift is appreciated, received with love and used to help those in need.