Abuela Mentors

 

Our Mentors

When you decide to become an Abuela doula, you will be encouraged to reach back into your cultural heritage to bring forward the traditions of your mothers and your mothers’ mothers. The role of a Mentor is to support and to be with doulas. To inspire, encourage and motivate you.

A one off booking fee of £50 is required before you can choose a mentor. This is followed by payments of £40, to your mentor due prior to each face-to-face session.

Lorna Philip

Lorna is an experienced birth and postnatal doula, based in Birmingham UK. She is a member of a local MLSC and provides a number of complimentary therapies and services alongside her doula work.

Qualifying as a nursery nurse in 1987, Lorna has almost 30 years’ experience of supporting young children and their families.

Lorna came to doulaing through her role as deputy manager of a Children’s Centre. When listening to women’s stories of birth and early parenting, it became apparent that there was a lack of support, the kind of support that could make a significant difference to the lives of mothers, children and families.

In her career, Lorna has undertaken a number of management roles and has particularly enjoyed overseeing the development of new staff. She has provided mentoring and supervisory support to less experienced members of staff and has found it rewarding to witness them blossom into confident practitioners.

Lorna’s mentoring philosophy: “I like to encourage individuality, challenge you to find your own path and come up with your own solutions. I believe that we give a lot of ourselves as doulas, so it’s important that we are authentic in our interactions with clients and their families”.

Lorna is married to Michael, mother to 2 grown up children and when not doulaing enjoys socialising, salsa dancing, good food & wine, TV extra work and the theatre.

nicola goodall

It’s been over twenty years since nicola first began to support families around birth.  getting deeper and deeper enmeshed through her own childbirth experiences. Living close by to international best-selling author, teacher and obstetrician michel odent and lilianna lammers in south london she was lucky enough to be amongst the first paramana doulas officially taking his course in 2002.

Moving to edinburgh, scotland in 2004 nicola became one of the founding members of the scottish doula network which continues to thrive as a strong family of doulas supporting and nurturing each other. Although now becoming involved with many other different projects she still supports at births and some early days postnatal support.

Taking part in the scottish birth educators course in 2006-2008 nicola was inspired to begin wysewomen workshops.  the drive behind the workshops is to bring about the traditional sharing, learning and storytelling amongst women – facilitating workshops where there is no one teacher and all have something to contribute – keeping the flow of love and knowledge moving with creativity.  the end result taking everyone home with solutions, more experience and love.  wysewomen continues to grow with a healthy social media presence, workshops, an etsy shop, a popular blog for all women to contribute to and a publishing company putting out publications for women by women.

She always wanted to grow up and work with women – she’s achieved at least one of her goals.

Thando Zwane

A mentor is someone who holds space for a mentee, who can listen, challenge, cheer-on, remind you why you started the journey and ask the right questions so that you can find the answers for yourself. A mentor is somewhere who knows the landscape of the journey that a mentee is embarking on but is not the driver, rather a guide that the mentee can consult when they need some directions on the journey.

Thando trained as a Reflective Practice facilitator whilst working for a housing association. Her role was to help a staff team who had high-pressure client-facing roles to reflect on their work, incidents with clients, company policies and self-care.

She believes a mentor should have experience of being a mentee themselves at some point in their lives. She hopes to be a mentor who mentees feel they can share their strengths, vulnerabilities, hopes, frustrations with and confide in whilst holding clear and healthy boundaries for them.

Mars Lord

Abuela courses are facilitated by Mars Lord. Mars has been a birth keeper for over a decade. After attending the Paramana Doula course with Michel Odent and Lilliana Lammers, a spark was lit within her and the passion that she discovered for birth and supporting women has fired her soul ever since.

As a founder member of Birth In The City, Mars enjoys being part of a collective of amazing women who work together as they support their clients. One of the things that Mars enjoys most in her doulaing work is mentoring. She enjoys each doula’s journey and watching the change as each one finds themselves.

Mars has a deep belief in doulas for all women and is driven by the momentum to be with women and deeply motivated to see more women of colour within the birth world. As part of her vision to promote more diversity within the birth world, she strives to empower all women. Empowerment to her means a birth debrief, holding space for labouring women and/or putting pen to paper.

When not attending a birth, debriefing another doula or waxing lyrical about doulas, Mars can be found drinking red wine during the interval of a play.

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