Lucy Pedder

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 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 new families 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.

In 2020, the first year of the Covid pandemic, I was appalled but how little support there was for families in the transition to parenthood.  It seemed clear that the pressure of the virus on the NHS had exposed and intensified a massive preexisting problem.  I knew I needed to do more work one to one with expectant and new families so I embarked on my Birth and Postnatal Doula journey with Developing Doulas.  I run antenatal and postnatal courses and sessions across the region, including the weekly Belper Baby Club, as well as supporting women and birthing people as they meet their babies.  I am an accredited Rebozo practitioner and a 3-Step Rewind birth trauma release practitioner. I am also a Slingababy babywearing consultant.

In 2022 I trained with Toddle Talk as a baby signing teacher, offering fun, accessible BSL baby signing classes for babies aged 5 months to 3 years and their grown-ups

Please visit my shop page to see my artistic endeavours as The Crafty Lucy.

Lucy is the reassuring hand on your shoulder and calm voice whispering “you’ve got this!” in your ear whilst nativating the unknown waters of Parenting. In a world of unsolicited advice from everyone you meet and social media ‘perfect parents’ it can be difficult to know how you really want to parent your child. Lucy helps empower you to make the right decisions for your family whilst offering practical solutions that can help make it easier for you to reach your goals. Lucy has worked with us on and off from when my daughter was a sleepless newborn struggling with bfeeding right up to now she’s a sleep hating toddler! The challenges change but I always feel re-energized after a session with Lucy. I cannot recommend her highly enough.

Emma 2022

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:

  • May 2022


    Pelvic Health workshop with Silvia Dias

    Online workshop

  • May 2022


    Qualified as a Toddle Talk baby signing teacher

  • January 2022


    Laid Back Breastfeeding workshop

    Developing Doulas logo

  • October 2021


    Midwifery and Obstetric Update - High BMI & Gestational Diabetes

    NCT study day

  • September 2021


    Supporting new parents’ wellbeing amidst Covid and beyond

    Research summary from the Surrey Perinatal Impact Partnership

  • June 2021:


    Postnatal Mental Health in Dads

    NCT study day

  • April 2021


    Durham Infancy & Sleep Centre (DISC) Conference

    Durham University logo

    Online research showcase

  • February 2021


    "Don’t Hold Your Breath" workshop - Breathing for relaxation.

    Online study day

  • November 2020

  • November 2020

  • September 2020


    Introducing Solid Food

    NCT Module

  • 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

  • January 2020

  • January 2020


    Group B Strep

    NCT Study Day

  • January 2020

  • December 2019


    Sling Library Training

    NCT Module

  • September 2019


    Empowering Parents to make Informed Decisions

    NCT Module

  • July 2019


    Attained “Excellent Practitioner” status in my NCT Postnatal Practitioner role

  • November 2018


    Twins & Multiples

    NCT Module

  • March 2018


    Happy And Healthy After Childbirth

    NCT Study Day

  • July 2017


    Completed Level 5 NCT Postnatal Practitioner

    Worcester University

  • June 2017


    Loss Study Day

    NCT Study Day

  • July 2016


    Completed Level 4 Cert-HE NCT Birth and Beyond Practitioner

    Worcester University

  • September 2015


    Started training with NCT

  • June 2013


    Qualified as an ABM Mother Supporter

    ABM logo

  • March 2013


    Completed UNICEF Bedfordshire Breastfeeding Buddy (peer support) training.