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 a Slingababy babywearing consultant.
Please visit my shop page to see my artistic endeavours as The Crafty Lucy.
Qualifications, Training and CPD
Qualified as a Babywearing Consultant (Slingababy)
Qualified as a birth and postnatal doula (Developing Doulas)
Introducing Solid Food (NCT Online Module)
Babies and Covid-19 – The Impact and Issues (Royal Society of Medicine)
Informed Decision Making (NCT Study Day)
Induction of Labour (NCT Study Day)
3 Step Rewind – Birth Trauma Release Technique (Alexandra Heath – Traumatic Birth Recovery)
Beyond Rebozo – Scarf Massage Workshop (Nicola Nelson, The Way of the Koi, RCM Accredited)
Group B Strep (NCT Study Day)
The Infant Microbiome (Bridget Supple, Teachable.com)
Sling Library Training (NCT Online Module)
Empowering Parents to make Informed Decisions (NCT Online Module)
Attained “Excellent Practitioner” status in my NCT Postnatal Practitioner role
NCT Regional Practitioner Forum 2019
Early Days courses – be inspired (NCT Study Day)
Twins & Multiples (NCT Online Module)
Facilitating Reunions (NCT Study Day)
Happy And Healthy After Childbirth (NCT Study Day)
Developing Your Role (NCT Study Day)
Completed Level 5 NCT Postnatal Practitioner (Worcester University)
Loss Study Day (NCT Study Day)
Midwifery & Obstetric Update (NCT Study Day)
NCT Babble Live 2016
Completed Level 4 Cert-HE NCT Birth and Beyond Practitioner (Worcester University)
Physical Skills With Confidence (NCT Study Day)
Started training with NCT
Qualified as an ABM Mother Supporter
Completed UNICEF Bedfordshire Breastfeeding Buddy (peer support) training.