The passion I have for supporting new parents is shaped by my own experience of becoming a mother. I realised how a woman’s experience of birth, her care and her choices impacts on so much of life after birth. As an antenatal practitioner, it is important to me to provide the opportunity for women and their partners to identify how they can increase their chances of a positive birth experience, wherever and however that birth unfolds. Knowing this is a good foundation for the new family. I am now one of NCT’s ‘Excellent Practitioners’.
In 2016 I was delighted to be part of the team setting up the first NCT postnatal courses in Wales. NCT postnatal courses provide opportunity for new mothers to make sense of their new life and gain support from other new mothers. As a facilitator of these courses my skill is in enabling women to find their own way, providing them with good quality information, opportunity for discussion and respecting the individual way they parent.
Since then I have also developed the ‘Thriving Mothers’ retreat days for new/newish mums and my own One-to-One program, which is for mums who are are struggling with aspects of being a new mother that they would like to work through and gain some clarity.
In addition to my work I am a member of the Maternity Services Liaison Committee (MSLC) at University Hospital Wales in Cardiff where I feedback women’s experiences of maternity services. I am also a member of the Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services (AIMS).
NCT (National Childbirth Trust) is the only provider of university accredited antenatal and postnatal practitioner training. High levels are maintained through continuous professional development and regular assessment.