As well as being a mother of three children and a doula, I:
- teach pregnancy yoga since 2010 and
- Active Birth workshops since 2016 at the Pregnancy and Parents Centre
- am an accredited Talking Mats facilitator
- have held a homebirth support group since 2007
- hold Birth Stories workshops
- lead singing groups for women, where we express our voices and make connections
- feel very grateful to now also be teaching on the Birth Educators' Course
- am a member of the Maternity Services Liaison Committee in the Lothians, to advocate for families
I began my journey as a doula in 1997 when I attended the birth of my friend's son at home. I saw then how safe, comfortable and supported she felt, and I witnessed her becoming a strong and very capable mother before my eyes as she laboured. I had my own three children later, between 2005 and 2011 (two pictured). Each of their births was very different and I learned a lot about negotiating with maternity services to meet our needs!
From 2006-2008, I studied with the Scottish Birth Educators' Course, learning how to facilitate groups, understand the many options possible for birth, support every choice without judgement and respect women's knowledge and intuition. In 2008 I completed my doula training with Mindful Doulas and became a member of the Scottish Doula Network. This network forms the bedrock of the support I receive and the support I give. Since then I have been fortunate enough to support many families on their birth journeys.