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 £75 is required before you can choose a mentor. This is followed by payments of £50, to your mentor due prior to each face-to-face session.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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