Sam Sheppard

Sam Sheppard

Recognised Birth & Postnatal Doula

Doula services offered:

  • Postnatal (Recognised since September 2011)
  • Birth (Recognised since September 2010)

Lives in: Chelmsford CM1

Local info and availability:
I cover Essex, Parts of Herts, East London, Cambs, Suffolk.

How to contact Sam:
07793 970 367

Hi, my name is Sam.  I am a mother of two amazing children, wife to a supportive and understanding husband, and Doula. My boy was born in 2003 and my daughter in 2004…my experience as a mother is one that cant be taken lightly! Its truly a gift!

I’m extremely lucky to be a doula, its a real privilege. Being asked to support families at their most intimate time is one I never take for granted.

As a recognized birth and postnatal I believe that we are here to support the mother / family in whichever way they feel is needed for them. Every birth I’ve supported is so individual! I’m not here judge or put my own feelings/advice forward but to just be there, provide options should you want them, signpost to places of interest and most importantly listen to each couples individual needs. The idea is that as doulas we do not fix, but we walk along your birth journey with you, alongside you, supporting and validating what’s important to you so that you have as positive a birth experience as you can.

I cover Essex, parts of Herts, Suffolk, Cambs and London.
*Supporting Every Birth-November 2015 (Michelle Every)
*Hypnobirthing trainer- April 2011(trained with Katherine Graves), Babycalm training- April 2011 (with Sarah Ockwell-Smith), Babyled weaning Study Day with MaddieMcMahon,*Developing Nursing Confidence-Maddie McMahon (Developing Doulas)-Jan 18th 2011* Homeopathy for pregnancy and labour (Homeopath Sarah Ockwell-Smith)- 16th November 2011* Shiatsu for labour (module one) – 2 day course with Justine Sipprell and Nicola Endicott – April 2009 * Level 2 Breastfeeding workshop – Sue Saunders (Through Nurturing Birth) – March 2009 * Rebozo Workshop * Birthcrisis workshop with Shelia Kitzinger – March 2009 * Hypnobirthing study afternoon with Sarah Ockwell-Smith – March 2009 (leaning about the classes, what happens-what to expect and how to support a mother/family who have done these classes) * Waterbirth Study Day with Dianne Garland – February 2009 * Doula training with NurturingBirth in September 2008 (Bushra Finch) * Paediatric First Aid – September 2008 * CRB – 2007 * IAIM- Baby Massage Instructor * Fully Insured * I do also have a kit of Homeopathic remedies for use in childbirth which you are welcome to use. I love to learn so continually have new/refresher courses in the pipeline to extend my knowledge and aid my work.

I have been privileged to have supported with some lovely ladies while doing my work and this in turn has really taught me a great deal about women and their needs…which is that they are all very different!! Each woman has a really specific view on childbirth, the experience they’d like and what support they need individually and as a family. No question is a ‘silly one’ and the more ‘informed options’ women are given, the better they find their experience….be it what they expected or not…as they feel in control, which is the most important factor.