Before immigrating to the UK in 1998, I was the founder and director of The Family Tree Center for Parents in New York for 15 years. The Family Tree offered classes, groups, workshops and individual counselling to prospective and new parents.
I became a certified childbirth educator in 1978, and offered birth preparation courses and taught classes in fitness to pregnant and postnatal women for 20 years. I also started attending births as a labour companion (doula) in 1978, and I am an enlightened and experienced guide for facilitating birth for my doula clients. In November 2013, in collaboration with my daughter, we released the first version of a postnatal app called Digital Doula®. It was the first of its kind, and a rare information resource for postnatal women and their families. Digital Doula® 2.0 was released in 2020 as a completely upgraded app that is available in both iOS and Android versions.
I believe that my true purpose in life is to welcome incoming spirits by inspiring the parents to give birth like a gentle embrace that nourishes the development of a new generation of peacemakers.
After receiving my PhD in Women’s Studies and Sociology in 2002, using my case notes as a birth professional as the data for my research, I became an academic health researcher on a number of NHS funded projects, including a study on postnatal depression and another on postnatal health. During the NHS research, I have worked alongside many health professionals, including midwives, health visitors, consultants and general practitioners. You can read more about my academic qualifications on my professional work pages.
In 2010, I decided to recommit to my purpose as a birth professional and am dedicated to helping you and your partner to have the best possible start as a family.
Psychotherapist and Hypnotherapist
I also practice as a psychotherapist and hypnotherapist, and I work with clients on a short term basis. I want my clients to develop the skills to master their circumstances and to feel independent as quickly as possible. I have a BA in Psychology and an MA in Applied Psychology, with a specialty in The Psychology of Parenthood. In addition to my general practice as a hypnotherapist and psychotherapist, as a perinatal psychologist I specialize in the psychophysiology of birth, reconciling birth trauma and other unresolved conflicts from previous birth experiences, and prenatal and postnatal depression.
I am the mother of four children, and the grandmother of four. As a celebrant, I conduct bespoke ceremonies for my clients that mark life’s precious moments and transitions and are created in collaboration with my clients to express their personal values and beliefs.
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