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 a senior practitioner with NCT (National Childbirth Trust).
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.
After training with Bonnie Harris of Connective Parenting in 2018 I’m pleased to be bringing new services to parents of toddlers to teens. If, like me you have struggled to be that calm, connected parent and found yourself getting your buttons pushed then you’ll want to know about the ‘Buttons’ course and my Less Shouty Mum services/resources – watch this space!
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.