I currently offer a number of one off sessions in your own home on a number of subjects.
Preparation for breastfeeding
This is a 2 hour session with you (and your partner) in the second half of your pregnancy. We explore your feelings about breastfeeding, your previous experiences of feeding any older siblings, how breastfeeding works, what to expect in the early days and we practice some positions to help comfortably breastfeed in and talk about how to latch your baby on effectively. This session costs £60.
I just wanted to send a little note of appreciation once again for the breastfeeding session…Almost three months into motherhood now, your words and lessons have continued to ripple through my days and offer subtle reassurances…Breastfeeding has been an incredibly positive, bonding experience and I owe a great deal of that to the fact that she wasn’t the only one between us who knew what she was doing. The knowledge from your session gave me confidence from day one and most importantly, gave me an inner tool kit to pull from during any tiny bumps in the road – recognising why certain things may happen and knowing that they weren’t necessarily problems has kept me feeling at ease, even during the fussy moments.
Yours has been a gift that has continued to echo, and is one I am very grateful for.
Breastfeeding Basics antenatal breastfeeding classes
Together with my colleague Justine Fieth, these small classes (maximum 3 couples) in a comfortable venue in Cambridge help prepare you for the most important job of early parenthood – feeding your baby. As well as learning and exploring your feelings around the various joys and challenges of baby feeding, the class gives you the opportunity to get to know some other parents.
Details and dates are kept up to date on our facebook page. Class fees from £50 for a 2 hour session.
Two, 2 hour sessions to explore your childbirth choices, debrief from any previous birth experiences, help with preparing your birth wishes and intentions, talk about strategies for labour and birth, comfort measures and breathing techniques for you and for your partner to support you with. Tips and ideas for the early days with your baby.
Sessions in the comfort and privacy of your own home. These sessions cost £125 in total.
Birthing for Blokes
If you are about to become a father, you may find an online course designed specifically for men, facilitated by the famous midwife Mark Harris very useful. You can read about and sign up for the course here. (disclaimer: this is an affiliate link, but I know Mark personally and completely endorse his approach, his knowledge and this course and, frankly, I think men get a raw deal and are forgotten so much in maternity care. You deserve to be prepared in a way that suits you, know how to support your partner and have a chance to enjoy becoming a dad!)
Here’s my friend Kati talking about the course: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baB1dDfD8KI
Having someone listen to your story without judgement can be very cathartic. A doula can validate your feelings, explore what happened and allow you free rein to express your emotions. We can investigate various ways to work through to a place of peace, from ‘birth art’ to journaling to guided visualisations. I can also signpost you to other sources of support. This process can be a cleansing way to prepare the way for a new baby.
The 3 Step Rewind is a deep relaxation and hypnotherapy technique that allows traumatic memories to be processed and filed away, instead of remaining stuck, constantly triggering feelings of anxiety and stress as though the event were still happening in the here and now. I have been trained in this simple, yet amazingly powerful technique. Rewind is great for birth trauma, other traumatic events that leave you with symptoms of stress, and phobias that can be traced back to an upsetting incident. Rewind is safe, effective and can be used in conjunction with other therapies. I trained with clinical psychologist Mia Scotland and you can read more about the technique on Mia and Mark’s MAM Learning site or here
“I feel the word to describe is it perspective. Like I’ve taken a step back and can see the big picture. It’s like at the end of a horror movie and the lights come on and you realise the monster isn’t real and it was all just a film and you’re safe.”
One session: £60, follow up sessions in required, £50.
Baby Led Weaning
Have a baby heading towards that 6 month milestone? This session is roughly 2 hours and helps you explore how you might like to introduce solid food to your baby. We talk about knowing when your baby is ready for solids and share tips on making the transition to solids a fun and easy process. £20 per family. A minimum of 4 mothers/couples needed.
One to one session: £60
There is lots of really skilled breastfeeding support available in Cambridge, available free of charge, including the group I help run at Trumpington Meadows Primary School every Monday afternoon. However, some mothers need a postnatal doula who has good breastfeeding support skills. If this is what you are looking for, I may be able to help. I charge my normal postnatal doula rate of £20 per hour.
I have trained with the Breastfeeding Network and and am now a registered Association of Breastfeeding Mothers Breastfeeding Counsellor. I can use this knowledge to support you with breastfeeding as a doula.
It is the very essence of the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers that support is offered free of charge, that support is free from any commercial influence and that the organisation is accessible to all. It is crucial that these principles are upheld and are seen to be upheld. It is therefore not possible to act as a doula and an ABM Breastfeeding Counsellor for the same woman.
Therefore, if you require help, support or information from the ABM, you can access that through our helpline. (08444 122 949), a National Breastfeeding helpline which connects parents with a Breastfeeding Counsellor in their area) Alternatively, you could ring the National Breastfeeding Helpline (0300 100 0212) or your doula may arrange for another counsellor to contact you.
Closing the Bones
A nurturing, relaxing massage for the postnatal period, closing the hips after childbirth, helping the pelvis, uterus and bladder to return to their natural positions and to help a new mum feel pampered and at peace.
More information here.
£75 for a two hour session.
£100 for session with 2 doulas, with rebozo rocking and helpful arms for a baby if necessary.