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

"My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed every meeting with Victoria, from our initial 'getting to know you' zoom to her postpartum visits complete with cake and whatever we needed that day. Part of what makes Victoria a perfect Doula is her quality as a chameleon as your journey and needs evolve; one day she is sending detailed articles carefully organized and curated on your personal online birthing dashboard, the next she is helping you use a breast pump or stealthily washing up in your kitchen while you doze with your newborn on the couch. She instantly feels like a forever friend that you can trust and lean on in these precious weeks that can be filled with questions and anxieties. We highly recommend Victoria to guide and nurture you through your journey of childbirth."

Lisa & Julien, Antenatal and Postnatal Clients

"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

"Victoria's warm encouragement and guidance helped me feel more informed, confident and empowered as I prepared to give birth to my 3rd child. She listened, cared, and helped meet clear on what mattered most to me. I will be forever grateful for her support, which set the stage for an incredibly positive birth experience."

 

Laura, Antenatal Client

 

"Victoria is incredibly gentle and attentive: she is a guide that provides positive reinforcement while also allowing parents to discover their own perspective on giving birth. I highly recommend her as a doula for prenatal birth preparation and believe that she will be an incredible help for postnatal care as well."

 

Tara & Boris, Antenatal Clients 

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