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 have a wealth of wisdom and experience in facilitating birth for my doula clients. My doula work also includes helping new mothers during the postnatal period when I come to their homes to assist in various ways while the mother tunes in to her baby and her role as a mother.
I also am a qualified psychotherapist and hypnotherapist. In addition to my general practice in hypnotherapy and psychotherapy, 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 recently published a book titled Life After Birth: A Parent’s Holistic Guide for Thriving in the Fourth Trimester (Praeclarus Press, 2019) which provides information and resources for new parents in the early months after a baby is born. There is a companion app that is a virtual doula aligned with the book, launched in November 2013 and updated in 2020 as Digital Doula®2.0.
You can read about my academic qualifications on my Professional Qualifications page.
Here’s an article published in Inner Peace Parenting Magazine, for the July/August 2014 issue: Mothering the Mother: Collaboration for Postpartum Support
The article was written for Empowering Birth Magazine, in the April/May 2014 issue: Blessingway Into Birth
Another article written for Empowering Birth Magazine, in the February 2016 issues: Wholeness in Pregnancy
This article I wrote is a guest blog on Kathy Morelli’s Birth Touch website: “Energy Medicine: Self-Healing For Wellbeing“.
Here’s an article that I wrote for Birth Weekly on “Helping Women Become New Mothers”.
Here’s an article recently published on Peggy O’Mara’s new website (www.peggyomara.com) about Digital Doula.
Here’s an article written several years ago that you might like to read, entitled “Becoming a Mother”.
My work has recently been highlighted in an article by Jennifer Margulis in Spirituality and Health Magazine (May/June 2013).
I was interviewed on 14 October 2013 by Anne Deatly, PhD, on her radio program Energy Medicine and Optimal Health. You can listen to our talk about Radiant Birthing here.
Here is another interview with Margaux Khoury, of Birth.world.com, about my birth and postnatal work, recorded on 25 January 2016. You can listen to our conversation here.