As a perinatal practitioner and doula, I offer unconditional, non-judgemental support, self-help strategies and evidence-based information to parents-to-be and newborn families across Derbyshire and beyond.
I live in Belper with my partner, two children, a dog and two cats.
I’ve been working with parents in the transition to parenthood since 2006 when my first baby was born. Following a career in higher education (I taught anatomy and physiology at City University) I found myself on maternity leave. Inspired by my NCT antenatal course, I joined NCT as a volunteer and was soon running postnatal support groups, organising branch events, and working on my face painting skills. I quickly realised that I needed to do more to support other women so, following the birth of my second child, I trained with ABM as a mother supporter and with UNICEF and the NHS as a Breastfeeding Buddy. By 2015 I was training with NCT to become an Antenatal Practitioner, and in 2017 I added Postnatal Practitioner to my qualifications.
I currently run antenatal and postnatal courses across the region for NCT, as well as working privately as an antenatal and postnatal doula. I am an accredited Rebozo practitioner and a 3-Step Rewind birth trauma release practitioner.
I am also an artist, selling handmade teaching aids to birth folk all over the world as well as gifts and treats for pregnant people and new parents. Please visit my The Crafty Lucy page for more information about my handmade, handcrafted products and patterns.
Qualifications, Training and CPD
I aim to keep my knowledge and training as up to date and relevant as possible. Here are details of my relevant qualifications and training, as well as CPD study days and courses I have completed:
September 2020 Began Doula UK accreditation (training with Maddie McMahon – Developing Doulas)
July 2020 Babies and Covid-19 – The Impact and Issues (Royal Society of Medicine)
June 2020 Informed Decision Making (NCT Study Day)
February 2020 Induction of Labour (NCT Study Day)
February 2020 3 Step Rewind – Birth Trauma Release Technique (Alexandra Heath – Traumatic Birth Recovery)
January 2020 Beyond Rebozo – Scarf Massage Workshop (Nicola Nelson, The Way of the Koi, RCM Accredited)
January 2020 Group B Strep (NCT Study Day)
January 2020 The Infant Microbiome (Bridget Supple, Teachable.com)
December 2019 Sling Library Training (NCT Online Module)
September 2019 Empowering Parents to make Informed Decisions (NCT Online Module)
July 2019 Attained “Excellent Practitioner” status in my NCT Postnatal Practitioner role
March 2019 NCT Regional Practitioner Forum 2019
February 2019 Early Days courses – be inspired (NCT Study Day)
November 2018 Twins & Multiples (NCT Online Module)
October 2018 Facilitating Reunions (NCT Study Day)
March 2018 Happy And Healthy After Childbirth (NCT Study Day)
January 2018 Developing Your Role (NCT Study Day)
July 2017 Completed Level 5 NCT Postnatal Practitioner (Worcester University)
June 2017 Loss Study Day (NCT Study Day)
May 2017 Midwifery & Obstetric Update (NCT Study Day)
October 2016 NCT Babble Live 2016
July 2016 Completed Level 4 Cert-HE NCT Birth and Beyond Practitioner (Worcester University)
January 2016 Physical Skills With Confidence (NCT Study Day)
September 2015 Started training with NCT
June 2013 Qualified as an ABM Mother Supporter
March 2013 Completed UNICEF Bedfordshire Breastfeeding Buddy (peer support) training.
Antenatal and postnatal education and support.
Doula working across Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.
Matlock Road, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 1BE