Hi, I'm Emily (she/her), and I'm passionate about pregnancy, birth, new babies, sleep and supporting families at such a crucial time in their lives!
I strongly encourage and advocate for an informed, holistic, attachment centred approach to labour, birth and the early weeks and months.
Why work with me?
I have over 25 years' experience working with children and babies all the way from newborn twins to teenagers - including as a Nanny, Night Maternity Nurse, Newborn Care Specialist/Maternity Practitioner, and as a Holistic Sleep Coach. I have cared for multiple children with complex medical needs, often overnight, and have extensive training in all aspects of child care and development.
I have two children of my own, a 14yr old son and a daughter, aged 18. Both were induced after complicated pregnancies and with my daughter I was admitted to hospital for 5 weeks prior to her birth. Despite their medically managed births I was grateful to be able to advocate for, and experience smooth, calm deliveries which were overall very positive and we were just very grateful for their safe arrivals! My son suffered with severe Gastroeosophageal Reflux and allergies as a baby and young child, so I have personal as well as professional experience of this very difficult condition.
I love helping new parents prepare for their new arrival by understanding what to expect during labour and birth and exploring the options they have and choices that could arise, enabling them to approach birth feeling confident, empowered and in control, even if they are thrown a curveball and plans have to change.
I am a qualified Birthworld Antenatal and Hypnobirthing Teacher as well as a highly experienced Newborn and Childcare Practitioner, and since gaining my BND in Childhood Studies back in 1997, have completed many further training courses and qualifications including:
Birthing Awareness 3 Step Rewind Practitioner Training
Advanced City and Guilds Diploma in Antenatal Teaching and Hypnobirthing through Antenatal Training UK
Level 6 OCN Accreditation in Holistic Sleep Coaching
Level 3 OCN Accreditation in Sleep Training
Level 3 OCN Accreditation in Reflux and Allergies
Training courses in Transition to Motherhood, Compassionate Maternity Care, Nutrition and Nurture of the Newborn and beyond, Newborn Sepsis
Millpond Sleep Clinic CPD training for Professionals
Level 3 in Postnatal and Infant Care to work as a Maternity Practitioner (Newborn Care Specialist)
ABM Breastfeeding Foundation Support Module
Additional Infant Feeding CPD training in both Breastfeeding and Bottlefeeding
I hold an enhanced DBS on the update service as well as full 12hr Paediatric First Aid, ICO registration to hold data securely plus Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance.
I am continually looking to further my professional development and complete regular additional training, particularly in the fields of Pregnancy and Birth, Sleep, Feeding and Newborn Care.