Birth Baby Balance is made up of Sarah Boyd and Kirsten Hanlon.
I have always had a passion for working with parents and babies. I started out as a Norland Nanny, and worked in that role and as a nursery nurse until the birth of my first child in 1998. After the birth of my second child, I decided I wanted to change direction slightly, and I trained as an NCT antenatal teacher, qualifying in 2005. This training, combined with my own extremely positive birth experiences (my third child came along in 2004), cemented my passion for birth, and I haven’t looked back.
I co-founded Birth Baby Balance in 2008, and since then it has grown from simply offering doula services, to the wide range of services we provide today.
We are proud to be the only private provider of wraparound care in the area, not only with our birth and postnatal doula services, but also with our antenatal and postnatal courses for new parents.
From my personal experience and working with families, I am passionate about helping new mothers thrive in those early days rather than enduring and just surviving at best. I believe that good health and well being for mothers is an effective and essential parenting tool; I actively encourage mothers’ participation in day to day self-care practices, such as taking the time to have a cup of tea, as a way to rest and recover during the busy day.
Part of being able to thrive for new families is through having a good support network. Being from New Zealand originally, I didn’t have a close family network to call on for help when my daughter was born. This is the case for many women, facing the prospect of being a new mother with very little support available. Looking back, I wish I’d had the ‘wrap-around’ support offered by Birth Baby Balance!