The birth collective
support from conception & Pregnancy
to birth and postnatal care
Natalie Meddings - Doula & Active Birth Yoga Teacher
Natalie trained as a doula with Michel Odent and Liliana Lammers in 2003 and has been supporting women in birth ever since. As an active birth teacher and a doula, her aim is not to tell women how to birth their babies, but rather to call on and encourage their instincts, to remind them of what they really already know. That giving birth can and should be a simple and natural event. That their bodies are ideally designed to achieve it.
With Natalie’s experience of yoga, breathing and realistic birth preparation to draw on, women just feel better about birth. They are able to ‘re-imagine’ it. They find their confidence builds, their instinctive understanding of what is going to happen deepens, and then the day arrives, and instead of fear there is focus, instead of anxiety they have a strong intention.
She also runs 'Tell Me a Good Birth Story' which I highly recommend
Catherine Crawley - Reflexology
Catherine is passionate about supporting women on their pregnancy journey from pre-conception through to labour and beyond. As an experienced and accredited Reflexologist and Life Coach Catherine helps women optimise their emotional and physical wellbeing and restore a sense of harmony in both mind and body. Reflexology is a natural therapy which creates a deep sense of relaxation and encourages the body's own healing processes enabling all of the body's systems to function more effectively throughout the pregnancy journey. As both a Reflexologist and Life Coach Catherine works with women to naturally prepare for a healthy pregnancy and birth promoting a balanced body and a positive mind.
For further information please visit www.catherine-crawley.com
Katie Davis - Newborn Photographer
Katie is a wonderful Newborn and children's photographer and mum to Riliey, Daisy and Dot. She manages to capture sweet and tender moments while your little one is still tiny and provides memories to treasure. She shoots both in her Surrey based studio or can come to your home.
Michelle Gerlis - Doula & Homeopath
Michelle feels passionately that women (and men) should have positive memories of the births and has been very fortunate to have supported parents in a variety of birth situations. She has worked extensively in two local hospitals Kingston and West Middlesex as well as Queen Charlottes (both privately and NHS); Chelsea and Westminster and The Portland hospital.
She also has 15 years experience of practicing homeopathy as a safe, gentle and effective system of medicine. Homeopathy works wonderfully in pregnancy, during labour and postnatal period. Michelle offers a 2hr homeopathy for childbirth session. This costs £60.00 and includes a box of 12 remedies.
Fin Thomas - Osteopath
Finn started his full-time training at the British School of Osteopathy in 1998 and after qualifying soon moved to New Zealand where he worked in a well known practice in Wellington over three sites including a GP clinic. He saw patients with a wide variety of problems from sports injuries to long term traumas and chronic pain, and he grew his special interest in pregnancy and paediatrics. He developed his skills over the following five years, working with local GPs, midwives and pregnancy care nurses to provide an integrated approach to health.In 2007 Finn returned to the UK and opened Barnes Osteopaths and continued to develop his interest in pregnancy and paediatrics as well as trauma and complex problems. Finn is a registered practitioner with most major insurance companies make sure you call them as a lot of pregnancy care is covered.
Anna Walker - Batch Remedies
After the birth of her first child, Anna decided not to go back into the legal profession. Anna initially retrained as a Reiki Practitioner and then as Life Coach, NLP Practitioner, Hypnotherapist and Bach Flower Practitioner.
Bach Flower Remedies offer wonderful and safe emotional support during pregnancy, labour and beyond. They are totally safe to use and have no contraindications.
Consultations usually last an hour and can be done in person or over the telephone. The cost is £50 for an hour consultation and this includes a personal remedy mix which can then be posted to anywhere in the UK.
Anna is happy to offer all Stiletto to Strollers clients a £10 discount on any consultation