Doula in Farnham

Female Non-smoker Member since Jun 2019 Last Updated Jul 2019 Last Login Aug 2019 Email Website

My Summary

Birth Doula
Postnatal Doula

About Me

Hello! I'm Nikki
I am a Birth and Post-Natal Doula in Farnham, Surrey. A mother of 2 beautiful children. I know what its like to do the pregnancy and birth thing alone....I had my two babies over in Sydney, Australia, without the support of family, or close friends. Hence why I became a Doula! I understand that becoming a Mummy is such a gift, and brings many moments of joy. I also know that it can be a big adjustment, and the learning curve can be steep. It's hugely reassuring to have someone there for you, to support you - even if you have a supportive partner.

As your Doula I will enjoy getting to know you during your Pregnancy, so that I can be your rock while you birth your baby - a dependable part of your journey, supporting you with knowledge, love, and laughs. I know you can do this!

I can continue my support to you after giving birth - by helping you to catch up on sleep, nurturing you by making nutritious meals for dinner. I can be a listening ear, no matter what your concerns might be....As your Doula, I do all of these things, and much more....it's my absolute pleasure to be by your side at this precious time x

My Experience

I have been a Doula for around 7 years, and also run Pregnancy classes and Courses through my business ‘my little bubble’ . I have trained with some of the top birth ‘gurus’ in the world!

I have attended both Home and Hospital births, and have worked with many parents post-natally, including twins. I usually support families up until 10-12 weeks after the birth of their baby, however I have helped support families for much longer and sometimes help as an ad-hoc home help/mothers help with cooking, light cleaning/tidying and with older children.

MY INTEREST in pregnancy and birth began after having two positive birth experiences of my own. I lived in Sydney Australia at the time, and began going to regular Pregnancy Yoga classes with other local mums-to-be. I had a wonderful teacher who passed me a book called: Ina May's Guide to Childbirth – it was this book and my Yoga classes, that inspired me to have an ‘Active Birth’ for the birth’s of my children (one a water birth, and one on dry land!)
These positive birth experiences sparked my interest to become a Doula, and teach Active Birth and Yoga to other women. It is my passion to pass on my positive experiences of birth, Active Birth and Yoga, and to support other women during their pregnancy, birth, and the post-natal period, physically and emotionally. I was pretty isolated from my loved ones back home in the UK, living in Australia and so am passionate about supporting women and their families through the life-changing, yet amazing time, that is having babies.
I believe that a positive healthy mindset contributes considerably to your pregnancy, birth and mothering experience. My life journey has taken many twists and turns, many highs and many lows - such as post-natal anxiety, moving countries and many other experiences that I have learned so much from, and have only made me stronger..... I believe that with the positive support of a Doula, you will have a positive experience on your path to parenthood.

MY STYLE: I have a relaxed, fun VIBE about me, while remaining in awe of the magic that is Pregnancy and Birth. I work intuitively with my clients.

My Qualifications

I have been lucky enough to complete my Active Birth and Antenatal training with Janet Balaskas at The Active Birth Centre in London (Founder of the Active Birth Movement).

This training programme has been described as ‘groundbreaking’ – it is unique in that it encompasses: the physiology of birth and the importance of hormones during labour, active birth techniques, and also the emotional and psychological side of pregnancy and birth. Exploring ways that women and their partners may strengthen their emotional state for birth, and beyond into becoming parents.

I have completed Doula training with Dr Michel Odent (who has written countless books and is known for his role in the natural childbirth movement and for advocating the use of water during birth. I have also trained with Nurturing Birth. My personal experiences of natural birth and my training and experiences as a Doula make me well equipped to deal with the variety of birth choices and outcomes that a woman may choose or be faced with.

I am a Pregnancy and Post-Natal Yoga Teacher, as well as a Baby Massage instructor - trained by ‘Birthlight’

Certifications:
Active Birth Teacher Training – with Janet Balaskas and Jill Benjoya Miller (Empowering women and their partners for natural birthing in a way that is practical, popular and good fun. Understanding birth physiology and the principles of Active Birth)

Seven Secrets of Birth & Active Birth – with Dominique Sakoilsky & Janet Balaskas (A unique combination of the 7 Secrets System and Active Birth creating the most comprehensive birth training available. This combination of physiological and psychological preparation, enables women to access the mind and body wisdom within and to release what gets in the way of accessing that wisdom)

Wise Woman Workshop – with Jill Benjoya Miller & Janet Balaskas (When nature needs medical support, How to use medical routines and interventions with Active Birth)

Paramana Doula Course Feb 2013 – with Dr Michel Odent and Liliana Lammers in London.
Birthlight – Pregnancy Yoga Teacher training 2013 – 2014
Nurturing Birth Doula training Nov 2014 – Approved by Doula UK
Dynamic Positions for birth – Study Day Nov 2014
Nurturing Baby Massage with Post-Natal Recovery – ‘Birthlight’ Feb 2015
Birthing for Blokes – Study day for birth Professionals April 2015
200hr Yoga teacher training (ongoing)

My Availability

I am available Monday to Friday between 9am and 5.30pm

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Last Updated: 01/07/2019

My Fees

  • Doulas from £19.00 per hour

£19-22 per hour for Post-Natal Doula support
£900 for birth support, half paid on booking, half at 38 weeks of pregnancy - or you can pay in 4 installments, with the last due at 38 weeks of pregnancy.

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