My name is Rachel and I live in South West Cornwall with my husband Matthew and our two gorgeous children. Jessica was born in 1996 and Ben followed in 1997.
I have always had an interest in pregnancy, childbirth and babies, putting it down to being the youngest of four children and therefore not experiencing having a baby in my immediate family!
I trained with Nurturing Birth which is one of the leading Doula training organisations and now have an in depth knowledge of topics such as Birth Physiology, Optimal Foetal Positioning (OFP), how to manage your pain and postnatal topics such as breastfeeding and post birth recovery.
I am a qualified Breastfeeding Peer Supporter and have attended a UNICEF breastfeeding training course. I believe that the most important role of a doula (whether antenatal or postnatal) is to build a rapport with your client. To be compassionate, caring and non-judgemental and to offer individual emotional, physical and practical support.
My first proper employment was working as a children’s Nanny to two lovely boys. When I started with the family the children were 6 weeks and 2 years and I only left to get married and then go to University as a mature student studying Primary Teacher Training.
The degree fuelled my interest in children’s development even more. During my 3rd year I intentionally fell pregnant with Jessica and Matthew and I were overjoyed. When it came time for me to return to University I just couldn’t leave her and decided to take a year out of studying and very fortunately was able to spend time caring for my baby. When Jessica was 9 months old I discovered that I was pregnant again and in 1997 Ben was born.
I was very lucky to be able to stay at home and care full time for my children. I had very little postnatal support with both children and therefore have a real understanding of just how important this is. I have reached a stage in my life where my babies are now teenagers and therefore are not so reliant on me. I am now able to fulfil my desire to support women through their pregnancy, labour and childbirth and the following few weeks.
Read about my training and qualifications