All About Me
It was during my own transition to Motherhood (which began after conceiving my first child in 2008) that I slowly began to discover my "new" identity. I was learning to follow (& trust) my own instincts where my body & my baby were concerned. I wasn't the kind of parent I thought I would be - but I was OK with that.
Later, in 2011 after my second child was born, I really began to understand the vital role support played in parenting! Having left behind my career in Teaching to raise my family, my yearn for continued learning & a passion for all things birth, baby, breastfeeding & informed choice began to develop.
Solent Parenting first came to life in 2017 (a couple of years after we completed our family with baby no. 3) & I have been steadily growing & nurturing it since.
Unsurprisingly, I seem to get most of my work by word of mouth & I endeavour to ensure I am welcoming & non-judgemental, but honest. I enjoy building relationships with my clients & their families - this means I have a happy client base, who return time & again for my support & to work with me.
I am also very lucky to have my own tribe of strong women who help support me. All are mothers themselves & most of whom also work &/or Volunteer in the Birth & Baby community too, so relate to me well.
Since early 2021 I have begun to work closely with Southsea based, Doula Sophy. We work as back-up for one another & can also offer Shared Care packages. (see birth doula support tab for further info)
Training & Qualifications:
Sling Swing Fareham launched - Sept 2015
School of Babywearing Peer Supporter Training - Oct 2015
Became a Breastfeeding Network (BfN), Breastfeeding Helper - June 2017
School of Babywearing Consultancy Training - July 2017
Took over at Fareham Slingmeet - Oct 2017
Became a BfN Peer Supporter & National Breastfeeding Helpline Supporter - Sept 2018
Nurturing Birth Doula Preparation Course - Nov 2018
Doula UK Birth & Postnatal Doula - May 2019
Solent Parenting Maternal Journal Group began - May 2020