Kate Woods: Birth Doula Guide.
Conscious Birthing International 'Mother', Course facilitator, Debriefing supporter.
Kate Woods offers a traditional Birth Companion service, founded on 22 years experience, and she still views mothers and new families as her ultimate teachers.
Kate's keen interest in childbirth around the world has lead her to learning from traditional midwives in various countries, alongside working with the modern day practices and protocols within each community.
Supporting and encouraging all back into our inherent ability to give birth remains Kate's focus, and building bridges between traditional care, intuitive values and current day modalities is her greatset passion.
That passion now extends to the training, support and ongoing Guidance of the next generations of Doulas, and Kate has 10 years experience of mentoring.
Offering a debriefing service for previously traumatic birth stories as well as for birthworkers is an integral part of Kate's work, and she has supported many women, men, doulas, doctors and midwives back to a place of trust in normal birth.
Samsara Tanner: Birth and Postnatal Guide
Birth and Postnatal Doula, Doula Course facilitator.
Samsara, daughter and grandson
Samsara's soul has always been called to Birthing. Samsara has been attending births since she was 24, soon after her own glorious moment of empowerment when birthing her firstborn son. Each of her 4 births were attended by wonderful birth doulas.
Trained in Intuitive Counselling with Scott Washington in 1994 and in Childbirth Education with Parent Centre Australia in 1988, she became very involved with the Australian grass roots home birthing movement.
Samsara has been teaching birth preparation classes and attending births for over 26 years now and this rich wealth of experience now joyfully includes having been present for the birth of her first grandson. Her experiences have lead her to the understanding that honouring the mother and baby relationship is what is most needed to support healthy mothers and families. To facilitate this, she created the Mumababy Sanctuary in Lewes, Sussex in 2013, a beautiful centre supporting women and their families with complementary therapies, drop-in support and circles for pregnant and new Muma's, as well as a hub for local doulas.
Witnessing and supporting the journey of the mother and family through the full four trimesters of the ‘birthing year’, pregnancy, birth and the first months of mothering is what makes Samsara really excited. It is this role that she calls that of 'Birth-Keeper'.
Samsara is now delivering Doula preparation courses for Conscious Birthing International and is excited to be a Guide for new Student Doulas coming through the Courses. She is also involved in running workshops for Mothers and Daughters 'Coming of age' programmes, exploring the path of Conscious Menopause, and that of the role of Grand-Mothering.
Cassandra Rosa West: Birth and Postnatal Doula Guide.
Birth and Postnatal Doula, International Birth Supporter, Massage and Naturopathic therapist, Kate's occasional course facilitation assistant.
Altai Masseuse, Creative Expressive Facilitator and Naturopathic Therapist, Cassandra integrates a range of approaches into her Doula work. She has experience of home, birth centre and hospital birth support within the UK. She is also involved with maternity improvement initiatives in Central America and has worked on a number of labour wards across Honduras, modelling compassionate care. As a Guide, Cassandra will help you discover what kind of Doula you are and encourage you on a path of self-reflection and development. She will act as a valuable reflective instrument and draw upon her knowledge to intuit pointers and ideas for your unfolding journey.
Cassandra offers birth and postnatal Doula guidance.
Sarah Holmes: Secretary, Complaints and Feedback manager, Business Support Doula.
Please contact Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org for any external or internal complaints and for testimonials and feedback.
Sarah Holmes describes herself as a Doula for Life, a term which reflects the multi-faceted supportive roles a traditional lay handy-woman can serve within. Sarah is passionate about the grass-roots origins of our work as doulas, and is deeply inspired by her great grandmother who served as a handywoman in the north east and was regularly called to attend both women in labour and to the dying or recently transitioned.
Sarah has been supporting women during childbirth since she was about 4 years old and found herself the sole support for her Mother as she had a spontaneous first trimester birth at home. This intimate connection between birth and death has been the theme of Sarah's vocational journey ever since and has been echoed time and time again through Sarah's own birthing and life experiences. Sarah has supported many pregnant and birthing women over the years but has also been the go to friend, for support with anything from homelessness, domestic violence and abuse, addiction recovery, mental health problems,relationship breakdowns and grief. All of this experience underpins Sarah's passion for being a doula for life, and her ability to offer loving, non-judgmental and compassionate support through anything and everything that life can throw at us.
Sarah trained with Conscious Birthing in 2012 because after the birth of her youngest daughter, she wanted to learn what physiologically normal birth was (having never experienced it herself) in order that she might one day support her daughter without her own birthing blueprints getting in the way. Sarah went on to support many local families working as a birth and postnatal doula and mental health doula until early 2016. During that time Sarah also worked as a volunteer with a local hospice and then went on to spend 9 months working as a community carer in order to expand her skill and knowledge set of wider adult care needs, with a special interest in End of Life Care and Dementia. Sarah is also a very experienced practitioner and teacher of Original Japanese Reiki , her reiki practice providing the deeply grounded foundation of her ability to serve as a Doula for Life. Sarah has also been helping to run the Wincanton Breastfeeding Cafe since 2011.
Drawing on her extensive experience of working in varied secretarial and administrative positions over the years, combined with her vocational knowledge and experience of working as a life doula, Sarah joins the team at Conscious Birthing International as our Business Support Doula, Compliments/Complaints manager and Web-Mother for our virtual meeting spaces.
Sarah has 3 children and lives in Bruton with her partner and 2 youngest children.