Hello! My name is Steph and I have been involved in the care and education of children for the past 25 years. I am a Canadian, from Kingston, Ontario, who packed a bag in 2002 to do some travelling and on my journey found the UK. A nature lover, I enjoyed visiting the wide variety of countryside to be found here, but felt immediately at home in Surrey because of all the trees. I spent just over 10 years living between mainly Canada and the UK, about half of that time doing volunteer work in nature conservation in the UK, and an outdoor wilderness camp for disadvantaged youth in Canada, called Camp Outlook. As life would have it, I fell in love with a Brit, and I moved over permanently in 2014 and live with my countryside ranger husband on beautiful Leith Hill.
Before my travels, and following years of personal study, I apprenticed with Susun Weed, wise woman herbalist and author, in the Catskills in New York State. In those four months I learned a great many things and am very happy to share my herbal knowledge and experience with my clients.
I’ve done postnatal doula work over the years without knowing that it was considered postnatal doula work. The seed for making this work take precedence in my life was planted in 2013 when I attended the birth of my nephew. It was a beautiful water birth at home and I wanted more! A number of comments I heard from new-mom friends of my sister during the month I stayed postnatal lead me to choose the name Birth Sister as my business name – I hope to offer women the support they need, when they need it, like a sister might.
I am patient, non-judgemental, and a good-listener. I like to laugh. I help people through transitions in their life, and find that my role is often one of a bridge – being the link between where they are and where they want to be, whether change is BIG or little. The bridge could be humour, support, lending you some of my confidence, sharing information, a conversation over a cup of tea, encouragement, showing you some simple home herbal remedies, or how to make yummy healthy soup. I am passionate about natural childbirth – the female human body is amazing! That being said, I am happy to support any birth; home, birthing centre or hospital, natural, caesarean, or with differing levels of intervention. As long as you are aware of what your choices are, and the risks and benefits of different interventions, I will support you in your choice. It is your body, your birth, your baby.