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"Alison was an energetic bundle of positivity from the moment we met her and she gives wonderful massages." –  R & S

Registered Recognised Member

IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU.  BUT ON THIS PAGE ITS ALL ABOUT ME

Hi,I'm Ali and I am an experienced birth and postnatal Doula recognised with Doula UK since 2013.

I live with my family in Marks Tey, Colchester after moving to the UK from Guernsey in 1998. I have four children of my own and two step children raised as my own ranging from eleven to twenty-one so we have a very large, diverse family of which I am very proud.

I am a Chair of Governors; Barnardos Infant feeding volunteer; Doula UK Leadership Team member.

I love fund raising; food; music and dancing. I play the clarinet, have a green belt in Judo and can run like the wind! I also have A levels in French and Spanish.
I am also a very tiny 4ft 8" - much to my 6ft step children's delight!

 


Related skills and qualifications 

  • DBS checked
  • Full driving licence
  • Insured
  • Conscious Birthing Doula preparation course
  • Advanced Doula training course.

I have had the privilege to attend
the following study days:

  • Supporting Every Birth run by Michelle Every
  • Third Stage and Beyond run by Amanda Dixon
  • The Art of Doula Listening run by Ashley MacDonald
  • Confident Birth Workshop run by Susanna Heli
  • When Survivors Give Birth run by Penny Simkin
  • Supporting Women with Breech-Presenting Babies run by Shawn Walker
  • Tongue Tie Workshop run by Maddie MacMahon


“…A Doula is NOT a luxury and you don’t need a fortune to hire one…!”

My Philosophy: 

Having supported over 150 families, life has taught me that despite being the organised control freak that I am, not all things are meant to be controlled. Pregnancy, childbirth and the journey of parenthood are among them.

I believe that Women should be empowered to make each birth experience their own, that they should have the emotional and physical support they need whether they are geographically close to their immediate family or not; married or single; younger or older than "average"; first or fifth baby, living a comfortable lifestyle or on a budget... it really doesn't matter and my rates reflect this.

A Doula is not a luxury and you don't need a fortune to hire one!

I will tailor myself and what I bring with me to each family depending on what their needs are. That may range from collating antenatal information in order for each family to make informed decisions; having a hand to hold or using some of the homeopathic remedies that I have for childbirth. Sometimes families just want some emotional and practical help postnatally. I am a non judgemental presence in your home or hospital to help you on your parenting journey. I also have birthing pools, TENs machines, rebozo, birth stool and various books, CDs and DVDs.

Normally, a few kind words and plenty of laughter are the way forward!

Experience & Specialities: 

I have had a wide range of life, pregnancy and birth experiences -  including breech presentation; emergency caesarean section, PPROM, premature births, time in SCBU, surviving abuse, combatting post natal depression, loss, VBAC x 3, breast AND bottle feeding.

I have supported Single Mums, loving couples - (same sex couples included), VBAC's, twins and triplets, have mental health experience, and have supported through loss, IVF, surrogacy and adoption.  I regularly support refugees, victims of abuse and trafficking in a volunteer capacity.

I bring the Doula Model Of Care to people across the full spectrum of pregnancy experiences including; termination, adoption, surrogacy, miscarriage and still-birth.
As well as home births, I have also worked in Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, The Portland Hospital, UCH, St Thomas' Hospital, The Royal London Hospital, The Royal Free Hospital, The Whittingdon Hospital, Queen Charlotte's Hospital, St Georges Hospital Tooting, Kings College Hospital, Lewisham Hospital, St. Helier Hospital Sutton, PAH (Harlow), North Middlesex Hospital, Newham University Hospital, Homerton Hospital, Whipps Cross Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Woolwich), Darent Valley Hospital Dartford, Basildon Hospital, Queens Hospital Romford, Broomfield Hospital Chelmsford, Colchester Hospital, St. Peters Maldon, WJC Braintree and the Princess Elizabeth Hospital in Guernsey.