Our Associates - Lucy and Olivia
Lucy Regan, doula
Being pregnant and having children is one of the most amazing, but also overwhelming, experiences of your life. Each day can be completely different from the next. I started my journey working with pregnant mothers and new families six years ago working on a maternity ward as a Maternity Support Worker. I helped care for and support new families looking after themselves and their new babies. I was lucky enough to work in a hospital which has gained the gold standard UNICEF baby friendly initiative. Through this I gained excellent infant feeding training and experience. This aspect of my work I particularly enjoy.
After moving to the Cotswolds, I met someone who told me about doula work and this fitted well with my love of nurturing new families and making a difference to people’s lives. I followed on and undertook doula training with Nurturing Birth in November 2018.
I started my family 13 years ago and find it very rewarding, as well as at times challenging. I often think, if only I knew then what I know now! Since that time the information we have about newborns and infants has increased dramatically. I love being able share the knowledge I have gained with new families whilst supporting them to develop their own parenting style and find their natural parenting instincts.
Lucy co-facilitates our Newborn Mothers courses with Kirsten, and is available for postnatal doula support.
Olivia Johnson, personal trainer
Olivia has always been active and a “people person” so when her baby was born in 2012 she decided to turn her passion in a new direction by combining these two strengths.
“I wanted to help other new mums become active safely, to feel good about themselves at a time when their confidence may be at a low, to make new friends, to have fun and enjoy this special time”. Olivia decided to set up her own exercise programs for mums and to train as a Personal Trainer to make this dream become a reality.
As soon as she qualified, life took Olivia to Dubai for 5 years where she set up fitness classes for women and the Buggy Bootcamp was born. Since then she has held over 1200 fitness classes for women, some pregnant, some new mums, some mums with twins, some with toddlers and some just as they are. All were welcome and all felt included and enjoyed the class so much they kept returning through the next pregnancy and beyond.
Olivia loves inspiring woman to be active and understands the challenges that having a baby brings. She believes this is a key time to be getting out of the house, enjoying the fresh air, taking your baby along too and connecting with other new mothers.