I trained to be a doula because I had a doula myself for my second birth, and that made all the difference between me feeling impotent and done-to, as I had the first time around, and empowered and strong the second time. I want to help you find the strength and power within you and I want to support you so you can meet your pregnancy, birth, feeding, and parenting goals.
I believe that loving, encouraging, and informed support really matters, so I will offer you evidence-based information, a warm and friendly listening ear, and an attention to detail that means that I will focus on your needs and desires. My main aim is to help you meet your goals and to give you the emotional and practical support you need to do this.
I have extensive experience with both antenatal and postnatal support because I am a trained peer supporter through Pregnancy Sickness Support and also a trained breastfeeding counsellor on the National Breastfeeding Helpline. I have a particular passion for breastfeeding and have myself been a breastfeeding mother for six years and counting now.
Some of the relevant training I have taken includes:
- a doula course;
- a breastfeeding peer support module;
- a breastfeeding counsellor course;
- a three-step rewind course;
- a perinatal mental health course;
- negotiation skills;
- assertiveness training;
- counselling skills;
- stress management skills;
- safeguarding for children and safeguarding for adults;
- courses in anatomy, physiology, genetics, and other science subjects.
Feel free to ask for my CV if you would like to know more.
Beside my volunteer roles, I work as an academic in literature and translation at the University of East Anglia. Outside of work, I love spending time with my family, reading, walking, and swimming. I am originally from Chicago, in the US, and now I live in Norwich with my wife and our two children and two cats.
I am a mentored doula, which means I am supported by a more experienced doula, and this in turn is beneficial to you since you in a sense get two doulas for the price of one.
Please see more about me on my website: bjwoodstein.com, or email me to find out more or to have an obligation-free discussion about your needs and plans.
Doula UK: https://doula.org.uk/doula/b-j-woodstein/
Services: Postnatal Doula, Birth Doula
Languages spoken other than English: Swedish