Hello and thanks for checking out my profile! I’m Tracy and I’m a hypnobirthing teacher and a recognised birth doula based in St Neots, Cambridgeshire.
I’m a mum to two wonderful girls born in 2004 and 2009. Like most women, as soon as I found out I was pregnant, I spent lots of time researching pregnancy and birth. However, unlike most women, I found the subject so fascinating that my research continued well beyond the birth of my own babies. I came to realise that navigating this subject is far from straightforward. Everyone has a story to tell, an opinion to express or a recommendation to make and this maze of information can be overwhelming, especially for first time parents. This problem is compounded by the fact that there are no one-size-fits-all solutions. A ‘good birth’ means different things to different people and every journey is unique. I am absolutely passionate about supporting women, and their partners, through their unique journey; whatever that looks like! As your doula I can help you to feel informed, confident, and empowered, as you explore your options and arrive at the right decisions for you.
My professional background is in education; I used to teach philosophy & ethics (including medical ethics) at a sixth form college in Cambridge. I had a particular interest in women’s reproductive rights – especially around birth and perhaps it was this that led me down my current path. In 2015 I started teaching a hypnobirthing class at The Rosie in Addenbrookes with BirthSense . It wasn’t long before my little ‘side-line’ turned into a full time business. By the time I trained as a doula with Developing Doulas in 2016 I had already supported dozens of couples antenatally and felt ready to hit the ground running!
Despite the image that people often have of hypnobirthing teachers and doulas as being ‘hippies’, you will find that I have a very down to earth, evidence based approach. I won’t suggest that you give birth in a pool with dolphins and I can’t teach you how to channel the Goddess through your vagina. I can’t realign your chakras either although if re-aligning your chakras is what you want to do I bet I can find you someone that can help! I’m very involved in my local doula community and this means that when you hire me as your doula you can also, by extension, tap in to the knowledge and skills of my network of doula colleagues.
As a doula I have had the privilege of supporting women and their partners through a wide variety of different circumstances including:
- Home birth
- Hospital birth
- Midwife led unit birth
- Water birth
- Elective caesarean & emergency caesarean
- Breech birth
- VBAC and HBAC
- Birth after a previous traumatic experience or pregnancy loss
I also have experience with supporting all kinds of families including solo mums and same sex couples. You can read what my clients have to say about me here.
I am an associate trainer for Birthrights and consider advocacy an important part of my role. I also have training in counselling skills and am currently studying for my full hypnotherapy diploma. I am a bit of a geek and am always studying or reading up on the latest research! If you are looking for a doula who can help you research and understand your options then I am your girl!
What Can You Expect From Me As Your Doula?
As your doula I would provide a bespoke service which is tailored to your individual needs. Typically, this would involve at least two antenatal visits to help you prepare for your birth but often more. I can attend medical appointments with you if needed. I can help you put together a birth plan and can offer hypnobirthing tuition and relaxation exercises if desired. I would go on call for you from 38 weeks until your baby is born and will attend you throughout your labour and birth however long that takes. You will be offered at least one post-partum visit. I offer telephone and email support from the moment you first engage my services until 6 weeks postpartum.
During your labour I can provide practical and emotional support for you and your partner and physical comfort measures, including massage and hypnotic relaxation techniques. I am trained in biomechanics techniques which means I can help you to use movement, positioning and exercises to encourage your baby into a good position for birth. I can help to facilitate effective communication between you, your midwives and other care providers ensure that you have all the information you need to make decisions regarding your birth. I can support birth partners and help them to understand how they can meet their partners needs. I can be as hands on as you need or, if you prefer, I can sit quietly nearby and be a calming presence holding space for you. I also make a great cup of tea.
As a reflective practitioner, I believe that continued professional development is crucial. I attend workshops and study days as often as possible but also take advantage the many informal opportunities to learn something new, whether that’s by keeping up with my favourite birth bloggers, scanning social media for relevant new articles and press releases, chatting with other doulas, and seeking out feedback from clients. Below are some of the more formal opportunities for learning that I have attended.
2012 – The Mongan Method Hypnobirthing Practitioner Training
2013 – MsT Women’s Studies
2015 – Hypnotherapy study weekend
2016 – Birthing for Blokes Workshop
2016 – Developing Doulas Course
2016 – Wombspace (various study days)
2016 – Birth Choices training
2017 – Breastfeeding Peer Supporter training
2017 – Doula UK Conference
2017 – Waterbirth Study Day with Diane Garland
2017 – Debriefing birth trauma study day with Mia Scotland and Mark Harris
2018 – Rewind Technique Training for birth trauma resolution
2018 – Doula UK Conference
2018 – Birth Trauma Conference
2018 – 2019 – Level 2 Counselling Skills
2019 – Birthrights Training
2019 – Biomechanics for Birth
2019 – Hypnotherapy diploma (due to be completed in 2020)