Birth Baby Balance is made up of Sarah Boyd, Charlotte Osborn 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 with Charlotte 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, and our placenta encapsulation service.
I trained as a Registered General Nurse in 1989, and have since had many years working in the field of child health and education, within my role as a school nurse.
I have been working as a qualified postnatal doula since 2008, and in that time I have supported many families with twins, and so have gained a lot of experience in this field.
During my own first pregnancy, I felt that I was embarking on a race! This race would be the biggest adventure of my life - motherhood. It's a journey that has been (and still continues to be) exhilarating, frustrating, exciting, rewarding, but at times very scary.
As with any race, the 'start' can make all the difference. I was very fortunate to be surrounded by supportive friends and family who ensured that I 'got off the blocks' to a great start! I'm convinced that this support and encouragement is vital for all new mothers, and that’s why I feel so passionate about providing a doula service that does just that.
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!