When I became a mother to my daughter, Eloise, my life changed more than I possibly could have imagined. As a result, I wanted to find out more about how I could help others make the transition to parenthood, so that families could feel prepared and supported with the arrival of their baby. To start with I supported local mothers on a voluntary basis in London clinics with breastfeeding their babies - and completed two levels of preparation with a major breastfeeding charity.
I have been a postnatal doula for over six years having trained with Nurturing Birth and have chosen for this to be the focus of my doula services. I am also a recognised birth doula who has supported a variety of birth experiences, a qualified infant feeding counsellor who has supported over 1000 women with feeding their babies, a PN Doula Mentor and DUK West Sussex Rep. My passion is to create postnatal support hubs across the UK. I hope to achieve this by hosting a free postnatal support group called the Mother Space locally in West Sussex and by facilitating antenatal workshops called Life After Baby about the postnatal period as well as postnatal sessions and workshops. Other postnatal doulas and supporters are now hosting other Mother Space groups across Surrey and Sussex and I hope I can introduce my Life After Baby workshops to doulas so they can be facilitated across the UK. The postnatal doula movement is indeed growing and I believe Younique Postnatal is the driving force that can keep that momentum going!
Of great importance to me is my continued learning journey - I am always looking for the latest research in birth, postnatal and baby care, read tonnes and attend relevant courses, workshops and seminars. I have also completed a course in Parenting the Under 5s from the Family Caring Trust.
You can find out more about my private practice at www.youniquebaby.co.uk
"I love nurturing new mothers with support and care - and seeing them grow more confident day by day"
"For me being there for the fathers is really important too as they make their transition to fatherhood"
My postnatal doula motto: "Find your own way of being a parent, your baby is unique just like you"