Hello, I'm Beverley
Hi, my name is Beverley, and I live in Banstead, Surrey with my husband, four teenage children, mum and a variety of pets.
Having volunteered with the NCT for several years I decided, in 2012, to progress my involvement and train as a birth doula. I became a recognised in 2014, and am now a very experienced doula, having supported numerous families through a variety of different experiences, including hospital birth, homebirth, unplanned homebirth, elective caesarean birth, emergency caesarean birth, premature birth, water birth, VBAC and induction.
In 2017 I trained as a postnatal doula, becoming recognised in 2019 and going on to support families through the excitement and tears that a new addition to the family can bring.
In 2022 I qualified as an NCT breastfeeding counsellor, and regularly volunteer on the weekly drop in.
I am a Mindful Mamma hypnobirthing instructor, Holistic Infant Sleep Coach, Mental Health First Aider and Brazelton newborn baby observation practitioner.
I am therefore able to offer a comprehensive service to the families I work with, giving evidence based support on the most commonly worried about topics!
When I'm not working......
I am a very active person. I love walking with my two miniature dachshunds Mylo and Remy.
I have completed two marathons at a walking pace (which takes hours!), and also enjoy swimming.
I love being outside in nature, and lots of my Instagram posts feature pictures I've taken while out and about.
I also enjoy being creative and reading - but only romance!
I run a toddler group at my church and volunteer at my local Breastfeeding drop in
Birthing, and raising my four children has been, and still is, my greatest joy and achievement in life.
I bring to my work as a doula the personal experience I have gained as a mother, as well as the experience of walking with over a decade of families welcoming their babies into the world.
I love learning and am continually supplementing my knowledge gained through experience, with knowledge gained through training.
I have recently undertaken training in counselling skills, listening skills and training to offer trauma-informed care in the perinatal period, including supporting survivors of childhood sexual abuse, giving birth after birth trauma, postnatal depression and stillbirth and neonatal death (SANDS).
And what choosing doula support means for you.
Choosing to have a doula, means choosing to have someone with experience, knowledge and training by your side throughout your pregnancy, birth and baby’s early days, to navigate through the ups and downs, twists and turns and highs and lows with you. To share the laughter and joy as well as the tears.
I believe that if you have an abundance of support, love and care, you will better be able to engage with your body and mind’s ability to labour, birth and care for your new baby. Finding the courage and strength to make decisions that might become necessary along the way to best suit the needs of you and your baby.
This belief lead to the naming of my services as ‘Philia Birth’. Philia, translated from Greek means ‘friendship’ or’ affection’.
The doula services I offer aim to provide the additional support and care you need to make your birth and postnatal experience the most empowering, positive one possible.
I will walk with you on your journey towards meeting your baby, and nurture and support you during those precious months as you make the transition into parenthood, getting to know your new baby and yourself as parents.
I have a degree in Anatomy and Physiology from the University of Bristol, and hold a Level 4 University Certificate in Applied Health Science: NCT Birth Companion from the University of Worcester.
I hold an OCN Level 6 qualification in Holistic sleep coaching, am a Certified Mindful Mamma Hypnobirthing Teacher and a Brazelton Newborn baby Observation Practitioner.
I have completed a one-year breastfeeding course certified by the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) and am an NCT trained Breastfeeding Counsellor.