I was raised with all the usual middle class expectations: Go to university, get a job, get married, buy a house.
And then I married young, dropped out of my degree, and had eight children instead.
It’s okay; by then my parents were used to me (sort of) – I’d already become a vegetarian at 14 and embraced Islam at 18 with a tendency to look, listen and explore ‘the road less travelled’ and take the pathway that resonated deep within.
And I’m grateful that I trusted my intuition.
I feel peace, gratitude and strength for every hurdle we overcame to stay in integrity with our values, especially when our choices raised eyebrows.
You can break down so many prejudices just by living in integrity and doing something differently to what everyone expects.
I don’t fit neatly into any box, or anyone’s preconceived notions. And I find that opening up about my own unconventional path helps other women to stretch the bounds of what they think is possible.
So let me tell you a bit more about life with my husband, eight children, and our many creature companions in our tiny urban ‘smallholding.’
As a family we grow our own veg, spend a lot of time chatting and enjoying slow living, and are eclectic unschoolers. Much of our learning is focused around the natural world.
My clients tend to be ‘peaceful rebels’ too — mums who are committed to normality and gentle connections in all parts of their lives, who wouldn’t choose aggressive medical intervention unless it was essential, who are a bit hippy and alternative, (even if no one would suspect it outwardly), and who are committed to self-improvement and taking personal responsibility for their lives.
My mothering journey
My children range from very closely spaced to wide gaps. Having had my first child at the age of 21 and my youngest child in the middle-aged years, I have a great deal of insight into many scenarios. I’ve also experienced the continuum of birth experiences from premature-breech-vaginally-birthed twins (with all the NICU drama, including intubation, expressing and tube feeding), to undisturbed full-term home birth and another special arrival with just me and my husband present to welcome our baby at home.
For the past 20 years, I’ve been honoured to support women in many circumstances as a doula through inadvertent freebirths, planned caesareans, low-risk health to high risk management, breech vaginal arrivals, and planned inductions. I have worked with mothers who tend to prefer interventions — and those who aim to avoid them entirely.
My goal is to help women connect to themselves and their values, and support them in making informed choices for the most empowering experience.
I currently combine over two decades of experience in childbirth, breastfeeding and parenting, alongside homeopathy, to help mothers and their families thrive.
Birthwork brings me the highest joy. The mix of hope, surrender and oxytocin. It’s holy and sacred to witness this time when souls come into life, knowing that there is ever the possibility it will be fleeting; that we are truly always free-falling into the hands of God.
- Certified homeopath – International Academy of Classical Homeopathy
- Continuing professional development with Erik Van Woensel and the Centre for Homeopathic Education.
- Childbirth educator and birth & postnatal doula – with certifications from Paramana Doula, AMANI Birth and the Nafsa Project School.
- Volunteer breastfeeding counsellor with the ABM and La Leche League, with experience supporting mothers both on helplines and at in-person groups.
- Continuing professional development with Dr. Sara Wickham, midwife.
- Certified Bowen Practitioner – College of Bowen Studies.
- Continuing professional development of hands-on bodywork skills with Robert Smith (IoS), Graham Pennington (TPD), John Garfield’s Applied Myoskeletal Therapy & Touch for Health Kinesiology.
- Courses completed in Counseling Skills and Theory with OCN, CPCAB and the Open University; volunteered at a crisis centre working with women recovering from trauma.
- Continuing professional development with acclaimed author and doula Penny Simkin to learn more of trauma issues pertaining to birth and the transition to motherhood.
- Certified life coach through the Healing with Hind year-long program.
- Recognised Chaplain through the Markfield Institute of Higher Education, where I was awarded the Highest Achieving Chaplaincy Student Award. My chaplaincy practice was within hospice, offering non-denominational end of life spiritual care.
Whether it involves birth, breastfeeding, parenting or health in general I look forward to serving you on your journey.
Warmly and in Love,
Doula | Homeopath | Motherhood Coach
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—Robert Frost
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.