Leï , my daughter you ignited my passion…
My inspiration to start this Birth & Beyond journey in supporting you throughout your pregnancy, birth and after comes from my own experience.
I always knew I wanted to have children but since I was young I feared the day I had to give birth as in my mind I thought it was going to be the most pain I would ever go through.
My passion for birth started in my early years in Ghana working as a Medical Anthropologist with pregnant women and the days right after birthing their babies. I witnessed how transformative birth was to a woman and how her experience and emotions of that day was a stepping stone to her whole postpartum experience. Traditionally women were accompanied by birth attendants that supported their needs, protected their instincts and celebrated childbirth as an empowering experience, to my eyes free of pain. Straight after birth, the new mother had her whole village at her feet leaving her free to care fully for her newborn baby. A baby was born but at the same time a confident mother was also born.
As years passed, my experience in Ghana was washed away by a new reality of having children; negative birth stories , postpartum difficulties, relationship hardships were the stories I would hear from family and friends. Movies that had a birth scene were horrific, all these images register in your unconscious mind.
When I got pregnant I was so lucky to have such a good pregnancy it was the best I have ever felt , physically and emotionally in my entire life! Yet I was so anxious to give birth, so much fear for the upcoming day that sometimes it would leave a lingering fear in my mind as I fell asleep at night. I was determined to find a way to overcome this anxiety accumulated over the years.
My investigating mind found a Ted Talk by Bee Ting she gave birth completely naturally without pain and fell asleep between her contractions ! I contacted her immediately and with her support I spent my whole pregnancy re wiring my brain about birth. She empowered me with evidence based research and equipped me with knowledge about my body which would prepare me for the day of my birth. As I learned from her, I thought to myself that I cannot wait to share this knowledge with every pregnancy I know, this cannot be a secret hidden behind the dominating stories of birth.
I am proud to say that I had the most empowering birth. However I was so focused on birth that I completely missed out on preparing for my postpartum period. Due to that I suffered postpartum insomnia anxiety regarding my sleep. So many mothers go through the same or much worst than I did. I am determined to prepare you to have a smooth birth but also focus BEYOND birth. Preparing for this special time is essential and getting the right support through your transition as a mother or a father is also key to a happy, healthy start of this life changing journey!
I offer “non-judgmental” support to you and will support you in all of your choices and guide you in using your voice to make decisions based on your values.
Maternal Support Practioner- Bebo Mia (2020)
Certified Breastfeeding Educator- Bebo Mia (2020)
CPR & First Aid Certified (current)
Baby Friendly Hospital Assessor- World Health Organisation (2016)
Social Behaviour and Change Communication- Ohio University/USAID
Msc Public Health in Developing Country- LSHTM
Bsc Social and Medical Anthropology- Brunel University