I’m Katherine, a 41 year old recognised postnatal doula based in Dorking, Surrey where I live with my husband James and our three children aged 12, 10 and 6. Aside from all things birth, postnatal and early parenting, I love walks in the woods, cooking, coffee and books…..there’s always an excuse for another book!
As your postnatal doula, I’ll work with you and your family to create a space where you can feel nurtured, valued and supported. I’m a listening ear, an extra pair of hands at home and a bridge to further information. No judgement, no agenda just lots of warmth and compassion as you make the transition to life with a new baby.
I can offer flexible support and help whatever that might look like for you. It is about you adjusting to the crazy ride that is motherhood and I will be there with you through all those ups and downs for as long as I am needed.
I love being a postnatal doula, it is an enormous privilege and joy to work with families at this special time. I am warm, calm and compassionate, as a doula I believe that women need and deserve time and space to slow down, rest and recover after birth, to take things gently as they keep their tiny humans safe and well- it’s a huge deal and we shouldn’t be expected to do it all alone.
I'm also a sling consultant and breastfeeding peer supporter.
I’m always happy to make time to chat, answer any questions and explore whether I’m the right doula for you, feel free to get in touch with me for a no obligations chat.
I cover Surrey and West Sussex, anywhere I can travel to by car in 45 minutes, if you're unsure just ask.
The Association For Breastfeeding Mothers, Mother Supporter Course.
Slingababy Sling Consultant Training.
Active Listening and Basic Counselling Skills, Wibke Holt, Carry On London.
The Benefit of Skin to Skin Contact and Applying TICKS in Kangaroo Care, Nicole Hastie, Carry On London, 2016
‘Infant Mental Health’, Wibke Holt, The Northern Sling Exhibition, Sheffield
‘Using Slings and Wraps in Labour and Beyond’, Sophie Messager, Slingababy CPD
‘Understanding Newborns’, Younique Postnatal, London
8 week Breastfeeding Peer Support Course with Jill Sheperd IBCLC
‘Breastfeeding Case Studies’ Study Day with Maddie McMahon, Haywards Heath
‘Understanding Infant Behaviour’ Emily Fackrell Director of CalmFamily CIC, Slingababy CPD
‘Postnatal Doula Preparation Course’, Younique Postnatal, Midhurst
'Perinatal Mental Health', A 1 day Workshop led by Dr. Jo. Gee Psychotherapist, Mummas Wellbeing, Guildford.
'Nurturing New Baby and Me' A 3 day course with Lynn Murphy, The Active Birth Centre, London.
Postnatal Doula support
I can offer you some extra time and space to……
Rest and recover from your birth.
Bond with your new arrival, spend time being together and getting to know one another.
Establish feeding and develop an understanding of your baby’s cues.
Gently introduce a new sibling and spend time connecting with your other children.
I can support you by……
Offering practical help around your home. I can do light housework, hang the washing, loading the dishwasher - all those little tasks that often feel like they are mounting up and taken up head space.
Running some errands, picking up supplies and groceries.
Accompanying you on your first trips into the world, it can feel overwhelming to head out in sole charge of a tiny human but it will slowly begin to feel normal….I promise.
I love cooking so delight in providing you and your family with delicious and nutritious meals, snacks and treats to keep your energy up.
I will happily entertain your other children, giving you precious time to rest or focus on your newborn, I have spent several years as a primary school teaching assistant and running a busy toddler group not to mention my own three lovelies so I am familiar and comfortable with children of all ages.
I can offer you a listening ear and a safe space on your journey to becoming a mother and above all I can support you to be kind and compassionate to yourself as you adapt to the changes a new baby can bring.
As your doula I can act as a bridge or short cut to other sources of information and support, in the haze of sleep deprivation and vulnerability it can often seem hard to find them but they are there and whether it’s a baby massage class or a breast feeding drop in, I will be there for you as you explore your options and find your way.
My Postnatal package is for 20 hours, taken in blocks of 3 -5 hrs during week days between 9am and 3pm and spread over a number of weeks. You don’t need to pay everything in advance, just commit to that number of hours. I’m happy for payments to be made weekly in advance.
Ad Hoc Hours: I’m also available for shorter periods at a rate of £18ph. Minimum of 3hrs per session.
COST : £350