During the birth of my first (now 5) I was introduced to the idea of home births and natural, active birth, breastfeeding and Janet Balaskas book on Active Birth became my bible. My mum had awful birth and breastfeeding experiences and the idea that I could do it differently was very appealing. I qualified as a massage therapist in the months following my daughters birth and as a yoga teacher at the beginning of 2012.
I started Nature’s Mother almost 5 years ago (inspired by my birth experience) – at first I put together ‘natural pregnancy kits’ comprising of raspberry leaf tea, perineum massage oil, chamomile tea, arnica, the active birth book and more, but since this sadly didn’t take off I began selling other things and amber necklaces have proved the most successful – and so this is mainly what I sell now. I am passionate about natural birth, breastfeeding, and living naturally and sustainably and I now have 3 little ones to keep me out of mischief.
My dream is to be more active in supporting women through pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and beyond, but all in good time. I also work part time on Holifield farm where I also live, organising events, helping out in the day centre and doing general office jobs, while hubby does his share of the childcare. I would ideally like to do doula, midwifery, and yoga and massage for pregnancy qualifications!