With a passion for working with Mums, families and babies, we both run our own Doula businesses, as well as working together to offer shared care. Please see below for more about us!
Lexi Thurston, Birth Tribe
Ever since I was little, the only thing I can remember wanting to be was a mother. As I grew older, I realised this desire wasn’t just in terms of having my own children, but in offering support and care to anyone who may need it. Whether you simply want a consistent person to talk to throughout your pregnancy, require birth support, postnatal support, or are experiencing baby loss – I offer compassionate, judgement free support and a listening ear.
I decided to become a Doula after supporting a close friend through the premature birth of her twins. I was fortunate enough to be able to visit the hospital regularly, be an extra person to hold one of the twins, bring them food and drink, a listening ear, or look after their 3 year old son for a while.
Once everyone was home, my friend told me that I had essentially been their Doula. I did some more research and it felt so perfectly right for me. I have been on a continuous journey of learning and developing ever since! I have taken part in various workshops and study days including breastfeeding, baby loss, and working with survivors of sexual abuse through pregnancy and birth.
Having worked as a Doula for a few years, and spending some time at University studying Midwifery, I chose to study to become a Childbirth Educator because I became fiercely passionate about choice. Everyone has the right to make their own choice in their own circumstances and I welcome the diversity that brings, however I strongly feel about ensuring that informed choice is available. I aim to provide families with the information and tools they require to make informed and educated choices about their needs, and support them to explore their options.
Melanie Keddie, Birth Journey
I decided to become a Doula and Childbirth Educator because I believe that there is nothing more rewarding than supporting women through the most important journey of their life and helping to make their experience the absolute best that it can be. I’m passionate about supporting women through the most important journey of their life – their journey into motherhood and beyond.
For nearly 20 years, I worked as a Marketing Manager in different jobs including retail, charity and insurance. I have been privileged to have some fantastic jobs. However it was only after the birth of my 2nd daughter in 2016 that I realised what I’m really meant to be doing with my life!
I discovered a passion for pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and babies and I decided that I needed to become a doula. When I found out that lactation consultants were no longer freely available as they had been when I had my first child, I also decided that I wanted to train to help support women with their breastfeeding journeys too.
I trained to be a Breastfeeding Peer Support Volunteer with Families and Babies Dorset (FAB) and passed the course in February 2017. I volunteer at weekly groups, supporting mums who need information and guidance with breastfeeding. I have enrolled with BirthBliss UK on their Doula UK accredited course in October 2017 and I am currently training with Birth ROCKS academy to become a Birth ROCKS Childbirth Mentor.
Whatever you choose, and whatever road your labour takes you down, I will be by your side to support you for as long as you need me.
We have teamed up together in order to bring you the benefit of both of our skills and experience, in one place! Through joint Doula care, and regular workshops and classes, we’re here to support you to have a positive pregnancy, birth and parenting experience.