A bit about me
Hello, I'm Laura. I live in Tonbridge, Kent, with my lovely little family.
I spent the first decade of my career working as a TV producer in the UK and Australia, making much loved shows like Grand Designs, Gogglebox, First Dates and One Born Every Minute.
During my time on One Born, I was lucky enough to spend many hours with women before, during and after their births. Being part of their life-changing experience was an incredible privilege and something I wanted to do more of. Years later, I found out about the role of the doula and there was no looking back.
I trained with the Birth Bliss Academy in 2018 and I'm passionate about helping women to have positive birth experiences and become the mums they want to be.
My role as your doula
Whether you’re a first or a seventh time parent, married or single, wealthy or on a tight budget – whatever your circumstances; your birth matters.
There are so many choices in pregnancy, birth and early motherhood, it’s easy to get bogged down in the pros and cons, forgetting that the most important decision making factor is YOU!
That’s what I’m here for, to help you get to the bottom of it all, tune in to your instincts and find an approach to birth that works for you, your baby and – if you have one, your birthing partner while keeping flexible and open.
Birth itself, while utterly magical and life changing, is also unpredictable, uncontrollable and all encompassing. I will be a constant presence who is there for you, protecting your space, your choices and your experience. During labour, I will work to create a calm and safe environment which encourages you to let go. I can be as visible or invisible as you need me to be. Sometimes you might even forget I’m there, but I promise I am, figuring out ways I can make the experience more comfortable for you.
I want you to feel listened to – not just by me, but everyone involved in your birthing experience. I want you to feel central to the decision making process and able to call on your own knowledge and intuition to make the best decisions for you and your baby.
It’s a big privilege for me to walk alongside you, supporting you as you make your profound transition to parenthood. I care about you and how your birth makes you feel: informed, free from suffering and supported, with compassion.
Aromatherapy For Childbirth, October 2019
Wombspace Workshop, Mizan Therapy, July 2019
The Biomechanics of Birth With Molly O'Brien. June 2019
Positive Birth Movement Facilitator, Tunbridge Wells, May 2019 - ongoing
University of Exeter, Addressing Postnatal Depression, June 2019
Wysewomen: Mother Warming - Caring For Mums In The First 40 Days, May 2019
Life Touch You: Massage Techniques For Doulas, January 2019
BirthBliss Academy: Doula Preparation, November 2018
Doula UK Birth Mentoring, November – May 2019
Doula UK Postnatal Mentoring, November 2019 - ongoing
Doula UK Introductory Workshop, August 2018
I will be attending the following training courses over the next few months as my ongoing commitment to my professional development.
Postnatal Recovery Massage, with Sophie Messager and Teddy Brooks - December 2019
Hypnobirthing Practitioner Training With The Calm Birth School - January - March 2020
Mindful Breastfeeding Practitioner Training with Anna Le Grange - January 2020
I truly believe that everyone deserves a doula, but I also need to value my time with a fee that I feel is a fair reflection of my services. Therefore, I ask that people who can afford my full fee to please pay it, so that I can then offer a reduced rate to those who can't. I'm very happy to offer payment plans as well as gift vouchers - perhaps your family and friends could pool together!
To book a free consultation, give me a call or drop me a line.