About Me

My name is Fay Thomson. I have 5 children, my four daughters, hospital born in 1990, 1991, 2001 and 2003, and my little boy, born at home in 2009. I became a Doula in 2008 and a Lamaze childbirth educator in 2011.

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I had many years of experience working in hospital medical laboratories, and am familiar with many medical terms, and environments, however, with the birth of my third daughter I decided to stay home to home educate my children. This left me available to pursue my much loved role as a Doula. I trained with Nurturing Birth in 2008, and this course covered many aspects of pregnancy, birth and infant childcare, including:

Breastfeeding, Homebirth, Water Birth, VBAC, Pain relief, 3rd stage options including Lotus birth, Attachment Parenting including baby wearing & co-sleeping.

I am passionate about providing information to women and their partners to aid their decision making for birth and parenting, and whatever their choices are I am dedicated to support them fully. Further to my basic doula training I undertook the recognition process with Doula UK and Nurturing Birth, and am a fully recognised birth and postnatal Doula with both organisations. I have attended an experienced birth workshop level 2, with Nurturing Birth, an Acupressure course with Debra Betts, a Hypnobirthing course, and a Waterbirth course led by Dianne Garland, a specialist waterbirth midwife. I have attended training days with Dr Sarah Buckley and French obstetrician Michel Odent. For postnatal support I have attended a Jack Newman study day (leading paediatric specialist in breastfeeding) and Brestfeeding Network study days. I also have experience working with mums expecting twins, and have received special training to support twin births and postnatal care.

I have a lot of experience supporting parents who chose a homebirth, or a natural hospital birth, including water births in either. I recognise the rite of passage which bringing a new baby in to the family is and help support the new parents make the time of preparation as special as possible. I have facilitated Blessingway ceremonies for mothers-to-be and can help with bellycasts, birth plans, and have a large library of books and DVD's for loan.

I have experience of supporting mothers expecting twins and breech babies, both home and hospital, and respect the mother's choice to make an informed decision for what is the best way for her and her baby/ies

Lamaze & NCT Antenatal Educator

I became a Lamaze childbirth educator and NCT antenatal teacher as I recognise that having a doula present for the birth is not what some parents feel they want, yet would benefit from the experience and knowledge I can give independent of this.

I trained with Passion for Birth, a Lamaze International accredited trainer, and enjoy helping parents-to-be as they prepare for parenthood. As a Doula I have witnessed the effectiveness of the Lamaze philosophy for birth and parenting and know that many parents-to-be will have an enhanced birth experience and a smoother transition to parenthood if prepared in this way.

I am also a qualified NCT antenatal teacher and have courses in the local area. For more information on these please look on the Antenatal Classes page.

Yoga

Practicing yoga has reinforced my belief that a woman's body has a natural ability through movement to birth her baby naturally. Meditation and breath control being an integral part of this amazing strength. If this is something an expectant mother would like to consider then I would be delighted to offer my support, which is why I have trained to become a pregnancy and postnatal yoga teacher, so I will be able to offer this service to clients on a 1-1 basis.

Location

I live in Rugby, Warwickshire and offer my Doula services to the hospitals and surrounding areas of Rugby, including; Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Leicestershire, Hertfordshire

Though please do contact me if you are outside these areas, or not sure, and if I can't help you personally then I will try to point you in the best direction of a Doula service that can.

I fully support both Doula UK and Nurturing Birth's codes of practice, and I am fully committed to continue my training to keep me refreshed and updated in my role as Doula.