Hi, I'm Carly, a birth practitioner, doula, antenatal & hypnobirthing teacher, and pregnancy yoga teacher.
I'm a mother of three; I had one baby in a labour ward, one in a birth centre at Homerton Hospital and one at home - I've experienced the whole spectrum!
I'm also a total birth nerd living and working in Haringey, North London, and am passionate about childbirth.
I came to birth work nine years ago after having my first child. It profoundly affected me, and I quickly realised that I wanted to support other parents on their journey into parenthood.
I began my training as a Breastfeeding Peer Support with NCT in Tottenham following a challenging breastfeeding experience with my son that spurred me to help others experiencing the same difficulties. Shortly after this, I qualified as an Active Birth teacher, Pregnancy Yoga teacher, Doula and Antenatal Educator. Following this, I qualified as a Postnatal Yoga teacher, and then I received a Diploma in Hypnobirthing from Katherine Graves Hypnobirthing.
Full disclosure, I was always sceptical of Hypnobirthing, and I dismissed it as 'hippie crap' and unrealistic. That was until I experienced its power with my second child, and it completely changed my whole outlook of birth.
I have taken the best bits of all my training and learning and created modern, fun and informative classes and courses that will give you the best chance of the most positive birth.
My vast range of experience means I offer a unique insight into pregnancy and birth. Being a doula and supporting real-life births has transformed my teaching and means I have a deep understanding of the physiology of birth and how to navigate a complex maternity system like the NHS.
Unpinning all of my work is my passion for your birthrights. "You're not allowed" and "we don't let" are words we hear far too often and are, quite simply, incorrect. Getting informed, knowing your choices and options are a vital part of getting the birth you want.
From my experience of having children and attending births, I understand how important the birth partner role is, and I nurture that throughout my classes. My Practical Birth Preparation Workshop has been specifically designed for you and your partner to learn how to work together during birth.
The birth world is ever-evolving, as is my continual learning. In the past year, I have undertaken further hypnobirthing training with The Birth Uprising, and their fully inclusive approach led me to take an LGBT+ Competency Training course.
I have recently trained in Biomechanics for Birth as well as a Birth Rights course with Emma Ashford. In Jan 2022, I start my 3 Step Rewind training to support people suffering birth trauma.
I don't believe in striving for a particular type of birth. Birth, like parenthood, is unpredictable, so I encourage birthing people to think about all eventualities.
Ultimately, I want to help you feel empowered, give birth with confidence, and feel positive about your birth; however, your baby is born.
DIPLOMA OF ANTENATAL EDUCATION AND DOULA
Accredited by FEDANT
PREGNANCY YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
Yoga Campus with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
KGH HYPNOBIRTHING TEACHER TRAINING DIPLOMA
The course is accredited by the Royal College of Midwives
ACTIVE BIRTH TEACHER TRAINING
Accredited by FEDANT and the Royal College of Midwives
LGBT+ COMPETENCY IN BIRTH AND BEYOND
BIOMECHANICS FOR BIRTH
CONSENT, RIGHTS IN CHILDBIRTH
POSTNATAL YOGA TEACHER DIPLOMA
BREASTFEEDING PEER SUPPORT
NCT & Breastfeeding Network