My first child was born in 2015. She has been my greatest teacher. Her arrival heralded my passion for this work and changed the way I see the world. My pregnancy was a challenging time with both Epilepsy and HG, but having the steadfast support of a Doula transformed my experience and created a much smoother transition into Motherhood. This has become a well of experience which I now draw on to support you. I am particularly passionate about supporting women during the postnatal period as from my own experience I know what a transformative time it can be. In nearly all other cultures around the world following childbirth women are widely expected to have a period of rest and recuperation as they heal and transform into mothers. Our culture does not facilitate this transition nearly as well much to the detriment of families. By hiring a doula you will ensure that you get this period to heal and bond with your baby.
It is my aim to ensure that you feel safe and empowered to believe in yourself and trust your instincts as new parents. I aim to provide a nurturing continuity of care throughout pregnancy and postnatally that facilitates a healthy and happy transition into Parenthood. With me by your side you will have a hand to hold through this wonderful but tumultuous and unpredictable time. I believe Birth is not just the arrival of a baby but the birth a Mother and indeed a whole family too. New mothers need mothering themselves; nurturing, supporting and cheering onward. I have seen how supported mothers can then support their children more healthily, more happily and that in turn creates a happier, healthier world for everyone.
CPD & Training attended:
- Baby & Child first Aid 2016
- Younique Postnatal Initial Doula Preparation Course June 2017
- Became member of Doula UK & started being Mentored by Maddie McMahon July 2017
- NLP for Birth Professionals with Mark Harris, November 2017
- Breastfeeding Case Studies with Maddie McMahon January 2018
- ‘Aromatherapy for Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Maternity Services’ Training March 2018
- Sacred Postpartum Wisdom Workshop – Traditional Moroccan Postpartum Healing May 2018 with Layla B AlNuaimi.
- “Closing The Bones” Practitioner training with Sophie Messager June 2018
TESTIMONIALS & KIND WORDS
“Lucy introduced me to the concept of a Postnatal doula, I never knew such a wonderful service existed! She also introduced me to Eva Bay Birth Doula who she offers a shared care package with. Lucy instantly put me at ease with her kind manner and calm respectful approach to being in my home. I felt condfident and assured of her valuable knowledge of pregnancy, new babies and local support services. Lucy Baena highly recommended to all!” Antenatal & Postnatal Doula for Anee
“I met with Lucy when I was pregnant. I have Epilepsy and was very anxious about the birth of my baby. I had been under consultant led care and was labelled as a health condition rather than a mum to be, who happens to have epilepsy. I wasn’t treated as an individual and was just made to feel more anxious and was told what type of birth I wouldn’t be able to have. It was so good to meet with Lucy and to know that she understood how I was feeling. She really helped me to feel more confident and more equipped to try to make it the birth I’d hoped to have as much as I possibly could. Lucy also helped me put together my birth wishes. After all the stress with the consultant I ended up having a home birth and a healthy baby girl. To be able to have a bit of support from someone that understands what it is like to have Epilepsy was invaluable. Thanks so much Lucy” Epilepsy Peer Support Session
“So many thanks to Lucy for holding my mother’s blessing a few weeks ago. Lucy held the space with love, humour and warmth and made it fun and magical for everyone there! I felt supported and connected to my circle and still feel quite emotional thinking about it! Here is my necklace/rosary to inspire me during labour which has become the basis of my affirmation board. I recommend a blessing to every pregnant mama….can’t imagine not doing it!” Betsy
“Lucy organised a wonderful Mother’s Blessing for me ahead of the arrival of my second baby. She created such a loving, nurturing, and peaceful atmosphere among my dearest friends. I haven’t felt so special since my wedding day! Lucy took care of all the planning and it was perfect. It was such a wonderful experience and I would recommend it to all pregnant mamas, and would recommend Lucy to organise it for you. Thank you Lucy! xx” Johanna
“I had the most wonderful mother’s blessing thanks to Lucy. Lucy took care of all the organising (much appreciated during the late stage of pregnancy!), and she held the space so beautifully on the day. It was such a positive experience to have a mother’s blessing, and I felt very loved and nurtured in preparation for my baby’s arrival. Thank you Lucy – I would recommend this (and Lucy!) to all pregnant mamas.” Sian J
“Lucy held the most beautiful mother’s blessing for me. She not only created a beautiful space in my home, decorated with candles and rose petals, but she created an atmosphere of immense warmth, love and humour amongst my wonderful group of women folk. It was a truly spiritual and magical feeling to sit with my great big baby belly, surrounded and held by my strong mama friends. The rituals Lucy led connected me to each one of them, and to all women who have birthed before me. Afterwards I felt steeped in love, stronger and much empowered for what was ahead. I would highly recommend having a Mother’s Blessing to any new mama-to-be – especially hosted by Lucy!” Sarah R