About me

Hi. My name is Sue. I live in Fareham with my husband and our five children. I also have a step son who stays with us regularly. Their ages range from nineteen down to five year old twins. I have breast fed all of them, for varying times and with varying degrees of success. I’m 43 years young with lots of energy! Please read more about me below...

I have spent most of my working life in an office environment, working part time since I had my first child. This job was unrewarding and uninspiring and really didn’t suit me at all well. I gave up work after having my twins as the childcare/salary equation wasn’t favourable. Now that they are enjoying pre-school I’m finally able to resume work, but this time to do something wonderful – be a Doula…..

My own personal experiences of giving birth are varied but mainly positive. I have given birth naturally to all my children, both with and without the use of pain relief. I have had four of my children in hospital and one in a local maternity home. I have learned a great deal along the way and indeed a great deal more since becoming a Doula. I feel that I have a wealth of experience and knowledge to pass on to fellow women giving birth. I am a firm believer that giving birth can and should be a wonderfully empowering experience and that all women are able to achieve this with the correct information, advice and techniques.

My experiences of the first few weeks at home with a new baby, (particularly with my first child) were of feeling like a fish out of water. Equally on having subsequent children it was hard work keeping up with the demands of the other children when the new born often needed all of my attention. This was even more of a test when I found myself with twins! Fortunately for me my Mum was able to help enormously at that time. These feelings of inadequacy are not uncommon. I now know how different things could have been if I’d had a Doula to help.

Qualifications and courses attended:

Post natal Doula course, March 2006 with ‘Nurturing Birth’
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers ‘Mother Supporter’ training completed October 2006
Basic First Aid training in Nov 2006
Basic counselling skills, qualified to level II CPCAB certificate, January 2007.
I hold a foundation certificate in basic food hygiene, March 2007.
Birth Doula course with Dr Michel Odent*** in April 2007.
Natal Hypnotherapy one day workshop with Maggie Howell, May 2007.
Holistic therapies (general interest course) including massage, aromatherapy and relaxation techniques. 2005.
I am also interested in NLP and have completed a 10 week introductory course. Nov 2005
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I have an enhanced disclosure Criminal Records Bureau certificate dated May 2006.

I am fully insured with Holistic Insurance Services, Towcester.

My personal interests include keep fit, cycling and reading. I enjoy taking the children out in the fresh air and enjoy walks in the woods and along the coast.

* www.abm.me.uk

** www.doula.org.uk

*** www.birthworks.org/bwodent.html

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