I am married to Paul and we have 3 teenage children and 2 mad springer spaniels. I was born and raised in North London and come from Irish parents, hence the name “Siobhan” pronounced Shiv-on. Its Gaelic, (Irish). Having an unusually spelt name often means I spend a lot of time explaining my name is not pronounced Si-o-ban but I am use to that. Life as a working mother is always busy but I thrive on that, I love spending time with my family and friends. My hobbies include eating cake and exercising to work off the calories, although I haven’t managed to get the balance quite right on that. I have been supporting families as a birth & postnatal doula since 2011. To date I have attended over 150 births and supported many more families in the postnatal period. I provide emotional and practical support before, during & after the birth of your baby. I can help you navigate the maternity system and be that continuity throughout your pregnancy and postnatal period. If you have a partner I will be their wing-women, supporting them through what can feel like an over whelming responsibility. Postnatally I will support you while you adjust to your “new normal" whether that be your transition to parenthood for the first time or adjusting to a new addition to your already existing family. I will be that helping hand guiding you while you explore what works best for you. I have an enhanced DBS and I am fully insured.
I trained with BirthBliss Academy, completing a birth and postnatal doula course that is recognised by Doula UK, the UK’s leading Doula organisation. I was lucky enough to be trained by Kicki Hansard who was awarded the title of Doula of the year in 2009. As a member of both the BirthBliss Academy and Doula UK, I follow their philosophy and the Code of Conduct.
I am a Doula Mentor for new doulas going through the recognition process with Doula UK and Head of accreditation for Birthbliss Academy.
In the past I have volunteered at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, North London and at Watford General Hospital in Hertfordshire as a Breastfeeding peer Supporter. This gave me great insight to the way in which midwives, obstetricians and paediatricians work. I have also been able to attend many educational courses along side the medical professionals as a result of working along side them.
I sit on my local MVP (Maternity Voices Partnership) as I am passionate about working to improve maternity services for women that use it and the staff that work within it.
I have experience of working in all types of environments: hospital, birth centre, home births.
I have experience of working with different types of births such as: water births, VBAC, breech, caesarean births and multiple births and have supported many Women with addition health complications through pregnancy and birth. I am available to attend births in North London, North West London, West London, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire & Middlesex.