About Me

Hello, I'm Victoria. Formerly a marine biologist and environmental consultant, I became interested in the wellbeing and mental health of birthing people and new parents, following my own challenging experiences after the births of my daughters. Unfortunately I experienced a lack of consistent support, and isolation, during a difficult postnatal period, and it made me think there has to be a better way. I trained as a Mother Supporter with the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers, and found supporting people breastfeeding at our local support group extremely rewarding.

 

I then discovered the role of the doula, and decided to embark on a training course with the excellent training provider; Nurturing Birth. I completed my coursework and received certification in November 2020.

 

I am particularly interested in helping parents recover from traumatic perinatal experiences, and am currently taking part in a year long certificate course in Perinatal Emotional Health and Wellbeing with the Traumatic Birth Recovery College of Perinatal Emotional Health Practitioners in the UK. Modules include bringing relief with your debrief, TBR 3 Step Rewind, understanding perinatal anxiety, supporting baby loss and miscarriage, understanding and supporting perinatal depression, supporting recovery from birth injury, supporting challenging fertility journeys, practical skills in hypnosis, mindfulness and meditation for the perinatal period, supporting survivors of abuse through the perinatal stage, and supporting black, indigenous and people of colour through the perinatal stage. 

 

Originally from the North-East of Scotland, I moved to Paris, France with my family in 2019. This has been quite an adventure! The birth system here is very different to that I experienced in the UK, and I have spent a lot of time speaking to new mothers and birth workers here to find out as much as I can about the birthing world in France. This has informed my online Guide to Giving Birth in France. 

My goal in my work as a Doula and trainee Perinatal Emotional Health Practitioner, is to care for birthing people and new parents, and support them to make the decisions that are right for them and their family, by providing them with all the necessary evidence-based information so they feel informed and confident in making those decisions. During the postnatal period I want my clients to feel physically looked after, emotionally supported and listened to, so that they can focus on the most important job they will ever have; that of looking after their new baby.

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Training and Experience

Mother Supporter with the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers, 2019 

Nurturing Birth Doula, 2020

Digital Accessibility, Bridget Lesan, Fierce Doula, 2020

Trainee Perinatal Emotional Health Practitioner with the Traumatic Birth Recovery College, 2021

Nurturing Birth, Supporting Every Birth Workshop (Doulas Supporting Grief and Loss), 2021

The Queer Birth Club, LGBT+ Competency in Birth & Beyond Workshop, 2021

Red Tent Doula Preparation, The Racist and Misogynistic Roots of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Workshop, 2021

Nurturing Birth, Introduction to LGBTQI+ Workshop, 2021

Testimonials

"Victoria was such a calm, gentle guide supporting me through the three step rewind process. She created a safe space and I felt really heard during our sessions, which allowed me the freedom to go into my trauma with her. The technique is something that was incredibly cathartic and I enjoyed my time with Victoria. She is gifted and I hope other mamas out there get the opportunity to work with her to shift the trauma clouding their lives."

 

Samantha, Traumatic Birth Recovery

3 Step Rewind Client

Kind Words from my fellow Doulas 

 

"Victoria - I see so much of myself in you. I feel as mummies we would be very similar, I share so many of your views and you seem like such an open and empathetic person. Above all else you seem extremely kind, yet I believe you have a quiet confidence and power that any woman would be lucky to have you by their side during their birth journey."

 

"As someone who wants to combine my love of travel and all things birth, I am so inspired by your courage to move abroad whilst laying the groundwork for a career that is clearly authentic to you. Courage and authenticity; two qualities of an awesome doula."

"Victoria, the gentle one, empath at heart. Her understanding and emotional bond sets her apart. She's always so kind and part of the group, she's happy to listen, talk and recoup."

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