My name is Hannah and I am a Antenatal and Post-Natal Doula. Alongside this amazing vocation, I am also a mum to two amazing little children and married to a wonderful man named Mike. I am deeply passionate about women and their birth partners being empowered, informed and having birth experiences that are peace filled; both pre, during and post birth.
I am a Christian and love the wonder and beauty this brings to the world and our experiences.
I grew up in a house bustling with children. I am the oldest of 6 and was always amazed and in awe of my mum as she grew, birthed and brought us up with my Dad. As I grew older, I found myself pulled towards working with women and helping those who needed support. After University, I looked into midwifery. The time wasn't quite right but an amazing opportunity came up with a charity working with students at Universities. A huge part of working with these young men and women was supporting them through different big life questions and the transition from child to independent adult. And over the next 8 years I worked hard helping them thrive as they maneuvered through this transformational time. During this time I got married to Mike, moved to Manchester and welcomed my own little girl and boy. I now come back to that calling that I had all those years ago, working with women - in this case particularly pregnant women.
My amazing mother birthed 5 of the 6 of us in our home. As my father is a practicing Homeopath and trained Osteopath, I grew up with an awareness of pregnancy, birth and beyond. I witnessed my father working with babies who had suffered trauma in birth and helping bring their little bodies back to health and release. I have always been a natural nurturer and love hosting others and encouraging the wonder in each of us, whether that be when people are feeling their weakness or celebrating strength. I am deeply passionate about women knowing their worth, using their voice, being informed, experiencing peace and freedom and delighting in the complexities of being themselves.
I am training with Nurturing Birth and it has been a joy to embark on this journey of Doula-ing officially.
I truly believe we all have something to give to the world and we are the best parents for our children, for these little ones who become our world. If I can help you as a mother navigate pregnancy and birth, expectations and fears; if I can help your birth partner feel empowered as they help you, their person bring life; if I can encourage and help you as a new mother in that new season of life to know you are doing so well and to have a little more peace; well I have done what I longed for all those years ago. I am a mother, a sister and a friend and I would delight to be your Doula: to serve you, to encourage you, to empower you and to help you. My heart is that you would have the best experience of birth and in the seasons around.
Being a Doula is a unique privilege to come alongside women and their birthing partners, to help support, inform, empower, help and encourage as they bring life into the world. Birth takes courage. It is a deeply powerful time when we are given the opportunity to birth life and yet it is also one we were not made to do alone. I am so grateful to call this my work and that I get to come alongside such amazing people as they bring new life and do their best to love and bring up their children.