There are 3 facilitators for this workshop whose expertise and training compliment each other: Jasmine Smith, Doula; Lavina Faleiro, Pre-/Post-Natal Yoga Therapist; Vicky Honar, Lactation Consultant, Midwife. Please continue to read to find out more about us.
I am married and we have two lovely boys aged 3 and 4.
My qualifications and training as a Birth and Post-Natal Doula:
November 2008: I completed the Nurturing Birth Doula Course, a ‘Doula UK’ accredited company.
March 2009: I have also completed the DONA international Doula Course, the main US doula training organization:
I have Bachelor of Science 2:1 Degree from The University of Portsmouth UK.
I have, since completing my training, supported in over 20 births in the Middle East and UK.
My experience of motherhood has been truly inspirational and motivational. This, coupled with my personal experience of the deep and profound benefits of yoga during pregnancy, birth and parenting prompted me to make the leap from scientist and lecturer at a medical school to yoga teacher and therapist. I am finding that my training and experience as a scientist and tertiary-level educator, together with my 20-year personal yoga practice, and my training in structural yoga therapy, family yoga and pregnancy yoga allows me to draw from a variety of resources and provides me with unique insights and understanding that I offer to my students and clients.
To me, yoga provides ease and comfort in the body, mind and breath. My aim is to help my students and clients to transition into that ease and comfort.
I have the following qualifications, training and experience:
- Structural Yoga Therapy and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Training with Mukunda Stiles; www.yogatherapycenter.org; London, 2006-2009
- Perinatal Yoga Retreat with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli; www.sitaram.org; 2006
- Family, Pregnancy and Well-Woman Yoga Training with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli through YogaCampus in London; www.yogacampus.com; 2010-2011
- Birth and Post-Natal Doula Training with Dr. Michel Odent and Liliana Lammers, London; www.paramanadoula.com; June 2011
Yoga practice: 20-year yoga practice with different teachers and styles of yoga (Iyengar, Jivamukti, Kripalu, Structural)
- Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, State University of New York, Stony Brook
- Postdoctoral Training in Neuroscience, Brown University; Brookhaven National Laboratory
I was a breastfed baby, as were my six siblings - very unusual in the sixties in UK! I am a qualified nurse and midwife, working as a midwife for over 20 years in the UK and the UAE. I breastfed my own babies, the first for two years and the second for eighteen months—not without problems! I also returned to work when my daughter was 11 weeks old so I have personal experience of how to manage that transition. I have been a certified lactation consultant with the IBLCE since 2005.
A lactation consultant is a specialist in the area of breastfeeding. The credential “International Board certified Lactation Consultant” - IBCLC identifies an experienced health professional who has acquired specialist skills, made an in-depth study of breastfeeding and lactation and passed an exam set at university level of difficulty.
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