My first child was born in 2015 and my second arrived in 2019. They have been my greatest teachers. My first birth (positive, hospital based) heralded my passion for this work and changed the way I see the world. My second birth (at home) blew my mind. My first 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. Despite best efforts I breastfed both my babies for the shortest times and suffered from Breastfeeding Grief and trauma which I write about on Instagram. 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 giving your family the start you deserve.
It is my aim to ensure that you remember that you remember your own power, that you have choices, options and respect throughout your Childbearing year. 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:
I trained initially with Younique Postnatal Doulas in June 2017. I am continually updating my knowledge attending regular trainings where I have had the privileged of learning from many incredible teachers, amongst them; healers, doulas, midwives and doctors from around the world.
“Lucy introduced me to the concept of a Postnatal doula, I never knew such a wonderful service existed! Lucy instantly put me at ease with her kind manner and calm respectful approach to being in my home. I felt confident and assured of her valuable knowledge of pregnancy, new babies and local support services. Lucy Baena highly recommended to all!” Anna
“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