Hi! I'm Jemma, a recognised and fully qualified birth doula, postnatal doula, hypnobirthing teacher and closing the bones practitioner. I chose to become a doula a few years after the birth of my own daughter in 2009
I trained as a midwife at King's College London where I was privileged to work in some of the best hospitals in the UK, including King's, Guy's and St. Thomas'. Working in London has given me a huge amount of experience, I have helped mothers to birth over 100 babies including multiple births and breech babies. I am experienced in home births, hospital births, home from home units and water births. I have worked with people who have additional needs and long term health conditions. I have enjoyed working with people from many different faiths and cultures and am always respectful of women's rights. I have led antenatal classes and postnatal clinics.
Whilst I enjoyed being a midwife I found that it didn't always allow me to give the one-to-one care and support which I believe is so important to women during pregnancy, labour and birth. (Research has consistently shown that one of the most important factors in having a positive labour and birth outcome is one-to-one care). For me, being a doula encapsulates the best parts of midwifery (the part that, unfortunately many midwives do not have time for)...the giving of emotional, practical and physical support and the offering of knowledge which enables women and their partners to become empowered.
I feel very strongly that every woman should be able to give birth in a way that she wants and as your doula I will support that decision 100%. I believe that women should feel supported, cherished and be able to birth with dignity and that the birth partner should be involved and feel part of the process. As your doula I can help you achieve this by giving you the confidence and knowledge to trust your body's instincts and its ability to do what it is designed to do. Whilst things may not always go to plan I can help make sure that your birth experience remains positive.
I will give you the information you need to make informed decisions about your care. I will be your support and will also be there for your partner and family. In short, I will have your back!
I moved back to the NorthWest last year and am loving it! If I'm by the sea or the mountains I'm happy. One of my favourite things is going horse riding with my daughter, I can't wait to go on a beach ride with her. I love walking our dogs, baking, board games in front of the wood burner and spending time with the people who make me laugh...it's all about the warm and fuzzies!
Additional courses, qualifications and study days undertaken; KG Hypnobirthing Wise Hippo hypnobirthing Infant feeding Closing the bones with Japjeet Kaur Deeper into closing the bones with Japjeet Kaur Breastfeeding peer supporter course with Koala NorthWest Leading antenatal classes with Judith Schott Self harm study day with Ian Noonan Fostering and adoption with Gill Aston Human biology Open University Lactation study day with Indira Lopez-Bassols IBCLC Birth bliss doula course with Kicki Hansard Diploma of Higher Education in Women's Health