I was born in a London hospital with the cord around my neck, the youngest of three siblings. I now have three children of my own and live in the centre of Portugal with my lively family.
When I gave birth to my eldest son at home in 2008, a friend accompanied me as a doula. Her presence and trust in my body and the natural process of birth were invaluable when, after a straightforward birth, my baby’s placenta took a long time to be born, and the medical staff present were fearful and putting pressure on me to transfer to hospital.
After some hours, I pushed the placenta out, relieved that I had trusted my body and was still at home with my pink little baby boy in my arms.
I soon became an advocate for physiological birth and for doulas, having experienced that a trusted, experienced woman provides reassurance, support and a safe space at this crucial moment in the life of a mother and her child.
In 2011, I completed the Paramana Doula course with the legendary Michel Odent and Liliana Lammers. I also trained and worked with the UK National Health Service to give support and information to breastfeeding mothers. For several years, I have been involved in facilitating women’s circles and creative writing groups.
In 2019, I began my training as a Birthlight pregnancy yoga teacher, which allows me to provide holistic pre-natal support, with an emphasis on physical preparation.
Around the same time, I began a journey of discovery and growth training as a Birthing from Within Mentor. Working with these exploratory tools has opened my mind and heart to the different ways birth can unfold and the importance of staying connected to oneself throughout the unexpected twists and turns.
I am involved in the birth activism movement Uma Mãe Nasceu, supporting home birth and women’s rights in childbirth in Portugal.
When I am not focused on birth, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing in nature, gardening, meditation, singing, writing, making art and helping bring positive change to the world.
If you’d like to know more about me and my approach as a mentor and doula, get in touch.