I qualified as a Nursery Nurse in 1999, since then I have gained a vast amount of experience working with young babies and children. I have enjoyed working in a variety of environments as a Nanny, Childminder and in Maternity Nursing roles.
In 2010 I became a mum. My daughter was very premature baby and my second baby was also born prematurely and with Strep B. Over these years I was able to put the skills I already have to care for my sometimes very sick babies. The months in and out of hospital taught me the importance of good mental health and how PND and post traumatic stress can develop should the pressures become too much and the right support not be in place.
With this in mind, when my eldest daughter was well enough I set up Tiny Toes, a support group for mummies and babies in Peebles. This has allowed me to offer advice to new mums on a regular basis for the past 7yrs. The group is thriving and we have between 12 and 20 mums each week.
In addition, I decided to train as a breastfeeding peer support with Breastfeeding in the Borders (BiBs) to give me the knowledge to give advice and guidance about feeding.
I have always had a real passion for caring for babies and children, I use my expertise and experience to help guide families through the early stages of parenthood.
I also work on a voluntary basis for Nurture the Borders and the Cherish Project as a mum befriender. The Cherish Project is a Perinatal support service for mums by mums. This charity aims to help vulnerable parents get extra input, advice and support.
NC & HNC Childcare & Education
OCN Maternity Nurse Practitioner
Nurture the Borders Diploma in Infant and Perinatal Support
SVQ Feed Babies & Provide for Babies Physical Developmental Needs
BiB (Breast Feeding in the Borders) Peer Support Training
Baby & Child First Aid