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Meet Kirstie

Hi, I'm Kirstie,

 

I live between Ongar, Chelmsford and Brentwood in Essex. I'm lucky enough to be surrounded by the beautiful English countryside, where I live with my husband, children and some crazy pets. 

I love anything related to pregnancy, birth, parenting, mental health and yoga! I am a Doula UK mentor for new doulas and love this opportunity to nurture and see new doulas grow. I also have a position on the Doula UK leadership team as Partnerships Coordinator. I believe unity, shared understanding and working as a team is essential within the birth world. 

In my spare time you can find me renovating my home, practicing my own style of yoga or studying hard to become a counsellor and psychotherapist, I do love to learn (you can probably tell from the list below!) 

My work is a genuine passion. It’s heart warming to see happy and confident families after I’ve spent some time supporting them. The work I do fills me with joy on a daily basis and I plan on supporting many more families in the years to come.

The Essex Birth Company is committed to treating all people equally and with respect, irrespective of their age, disability, gender identity, gender expression, relationship style, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.

Trauma Specialist Doula

I believe in choice, informed decision making, personalised care and owning your power. I have a very keen interest in perinatal mental health and trauma.

 

If you have suffered previous trauma, whether that be birth trauma, childhood trauma, loss, or if you're struggling with your mental health, I can support your journey through pregnancy, birth and in to the postnatal period. 

 

Over the years I have experienced all birth types from physiological home births, very high risk birth, birthing outside of NHS guidelines, medical births and caesarean births. I don't care which birth type you have as long as you feel safe, supported and are making comfortable decisions for you and your baby.   

Supporting people postnatally at home, with their babies is an honour. There's nothing more important than a baby's start to life and being a part of this journey is a wonderful gift. I could be the right doula for you if you want to break down your birth experience, if you feel your mental health has been affected or if you are suffering with trauma symptoms. We can discuss symptoms and create a bespoke support plan if that would help.

Yoga Instructor

I have been practicing yoga for over 25 years now! I feel a rush of excitement, but also a wave of calm every time I step on to the mat. Yoga has helped me in so many positive ways and I really want to share this experience with others. I’ve practiced most styles of yoga over the years but Ashtanga soon became my yoga style of choice.

 

Whilst pregnant I realised the benefits of a calmer style of yoga practice and it helped me with pregnancy related anxiety and physical aches and pains due to my changing body and emotions.

To book please email kirstie@theessexbirth.co.uk or complete the contact form below

Experience & Qualifications
  • Birth and Postnatal Doula with Birth Bliss Academy

  • KG Hypnobirthing facilitator 

  • TBR 3 Step Rewind Practitioner for birth & perinatal trauma with TBR College 

  • Moxibustion for Breech Presentation with Expectancy

  • BTEC National Diploma in Childhood studies

  • Infant Feeding Peer Supporter with Barnardo’s Virgin Care

  • Biomechanics for Birth with Molly O’Brien, Optimal Birth

  • Sands bereavement care training  

  • LGBTQ+ training, The Queer Box

  • EDEXCEL Levels 2 and 3 BTEC Certificates in Life Coaching – Specialising in women’s health

  • Aromatherapy for Childbirth (RCM accredited)

  • Holistic Sleep Coaching Course with Lyndsey Hookway

  • How to run a mother blessing workshop with Sophie Messager

  • Pregnancy, Postnatal and Mother and Baby Yoga Teacher Training with Sally Parkes Yoga (85 hours)

  • 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga Teacher Training Essex

  • Advanced Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training with Sally Parkes Yoga (25 hours).

  • Hot Yoga Teacher Training with 121 Urban Hot Yoga

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Yoga with Essential Training Solutions

  • Antenatal Preparation Workshop with Birth Bliss Academy

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) and Early Trauma

  • Safeguarding Children Level 3 Certificate

  • Waterbirth during Covid19 – Keeping midwives, mothers & babies safe, certificate with Diane Garland.

  • Baby Loss training with Beyond Bea

  • Understanding the Infant Microbiome Certificate

  • Anxiety – Helping Young Children to Cope

  • Addressing Postnatal Depression as a Healthcare Professional Certificate.

  • Domestic Violence & Abuse (DVA): Identifying & Responding to DVA in Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond.

  • NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health First Aid

  • Enhanced DBS Certificated 

  • Trainee counsellor, level 3, with Elect Training 

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