They say knowledge is power....and I truly beleive it is!
But you can't punish yourself for not knowing what you don't know, forgive yourself, now is the time to gain that knowledge and take control...
My passion lies with supporting women through their journey into motherhood.
My extensive training and experience both professionally and personally has brought me to where I am today and the business I've created provides an outstanding service which I am proud of.
I am here to hold your hand every step of the way, guiding you, reassuring you, empowering you, providing you with statistics and evidence based information and knowledge. Ensuring you feel ready and prepared to welcome your baby into the world, supporting you through the birth or in the first few weeks of motherhood.
Here's how I've got to where I am today...
For many years I worked in the Early Years sector in varying roles alongside raising my first daughter Ella, now 14. After marrying my husband Martin in 2010 and shortly after that falling pregnant with my second daughter Matilda life really changed. I developed anxiety through my pregnancy which had had its problems, and after her birth this worsened until I was diagnosed with post natal depression when she was 6 months.
I felt a failure as a new wife and mother, and as a woman - my body hadn't done what it was designed to do!
I was encouraged to join a Baby Massage class to help and can honestly say it was the best thing we did and benefitted us both hugely.
I decided to train myself to instruct baby massage in 2013 and this was where my business all began. I wanted to start giving something back and helping other new mums like myself and over the years it has been a joy to do just that and provide a safe supportive space for them to go each week. I taught classes for a few years but always wanted to do more and support women not just once they had had their babies but before also and this is when I came across Doula-ing, this was it! it felt like a calling and I knew it was for me, and (with some help with funding from some very special mums in the community who believed in me too) I enrolled with the Birth Bliss Academy in 2018.
The training was the most amazing life changing experience and I learnt so much, not only professionally but for me personally too - the part I did not prepare myself for was exploring my own births/postnatal journeys and I had not realised just how much my experiences had effected me - especially after all these years. Exploring this and understanding why things happened the way they did was like therapy for me and I came home from that training a different person, stronger, clearer and even more determined to educate and support other women to not have the negative experiences I had, to know their rights and choices, to empower them to be confident in their abilities and provide them with evidence based information.
"The Birth process cannot be taken out of the context of the woman's life: it impacts her on a deep level, consciously & unconsciously"
~ Kicki Hansard ~
"Women's bodies have near perfect knowledge of childbirth: it's when their brains get involved that things can go wrong."
~ Peggy Vincent ~
Since becoming a Doula I have done more training to continue to further my knowledge and skills these include Breastfeeding Peer Support, Aromatherapy for Birth, Using Rebozo for Birth, Supporting families through Infant Loss, and most recently I joined the Positively Blooming Coach Academy to become a Women's Emotional Health Coach and Hypnobirthing Practitioner.
This training again was a real life changer. The 8 step programme I went through during training really opened my eyes to how much my anxiety, self esteem and confidence had been holding me back from progressing in my career without me really knowing it. Learning how my mind processed thoughts and feelings and reacted to situations had hugely affected me emotionally and physically. It was such a fascinating training programme and gave me so much personally as well as more to offer to my clients professionally.
Having been a highly anxious pregnant woman and new mum with very little support I totally empathise with where you may be at and feel I am fully equipped to support you effectively to make your story a positive, enjoyable and memorable one.
Whatever stage of your journey you are at and whatever it is you are searching for, I really hope you find the courage to get in touch to discuss how we can work together.
Are you ready to take control?
Book your FREE 30 min consultation with Kimberley to find out more....