Hi there my name is Aimee ....
Birthkeeper, Healer, Meditation Teacher, supporting clients with bespoke 1:1 packages; in person and online Healing Circles; and one-day Retreats.
Based in Brighton and working with clients throughout the UK.
how lovely to meet you. Thank you for taking time to read.
I love to support, passionate, creative, caring people just like you to find deep connection, inner resilience and innate well-being to guide you through whatever your life's challenges are.
Whether you are facing the transformation that the birth of a new baby brings, or you are 'birthing' a new part of your life in a a creative, a project to support your community activity or birth-keeper; my passion is to hold space for you as you reach inside and find the love, courage and wisdom that already exists within you to navigate this new part of your life!
If you would like to read a bit more about me and how my journey into healing and motherhood have woven together please read on...
So how did it all begin....?
I knew I always wanted to be a mama and I always had a yearning for connecting with the mystical side of life....
But I really had no idea that these two seeds would take me on this amazing and wonderful ride of the birth world.
London Life in the 0s
I left University in 1999 with a degree in History of Art and not very sure what to do next. I moved to London and had a wild and wonderful time, various jobs in media and production, clubbing on the gay scene and lots and lots of parties.
As well as experimenting with the transcendental properties available to me in the London nightlife, I enjoyed yoga, visits to the Buddhist centre in Bethnal Green and my studies in the art and science of astrology with The Faculty of Astrology in St James Picadilly.
My best friend and I took a trip to India in 2004, to find ourselves ... half irony, half serious intention. It is hard to put into words what happened on that trip ... but something about the land, the temples, and beauty and the chaos of the place, cracked me open. I was so interested in understanding the deeper mysteries of where yoga had come from.
Move to Spain and becoming a mama
After returning from India I fell in love with my partner at the time, and the woman I co-parent our daughter with. We both knew we wanted to be parents, and that I would be the 'tummy-mummy'. On the one hand it was all very simple on the other there were lots deep relationship work to navigate.
She had family in the Gibraltar and both feeling ready to leave our London life behind we loved to Southern Spain.
Preparing for a baby outside of the hetro-normative paradigm has its own special challenges but we were blessed to conceive our daughter in 2008 and she was born in 2009.
The experience of being pregnant and birth and motherhood totally blew me away. I was obsessed with how fascinating the process was. I became a total birth geek (and still am).
my breast feeding journey was pretty straight forward for me and something that I loved and celebrated and friends and acquaintances began to ask me for support with their breast feeding journey too. That was my first taste of doula-role. My lovely friend ran a breast feeding support group in Gibraltar and I enjoyed helping her where I could.
When my daughter was still very small I trained as a holistic massage practitioner and my first clients became other new parents embarking on their new life. It was good to listen to birth stories, and provide a space for new parents to off load.
I have always been interested in the interplay between the body, emotions and the mind and spirit. And I love my work as massage therapist, helping my clients to release tension in the body and coming into a deep peace and healing.
I loved the yoga centre in my local community and carried on my yoga and mediation practice, mixed in with life as a mummy.
I knew I wanted to support birthing people from the get go and I trained with Nurturing Birth on their online doula training course. https://nurturingbirth.co.uk/
For me doula work has combined all my skills that I used working in production supporting creative projects but now for the most meaningful soul filled thing of making, birthing and nurturing new humans.
I felt a passion about its combination of the sacred, power for social change and the lifting up of women.
I was keen to help the local maternity services and established good relationships with the midwives. I ran a workshop for parents to help educate the local birthing families on birth physiology which was supported by maternity services.
Back to London - Spiritual take off and Doula Life
In 2012 my life imploded as my partner and I agreed it was the right thing for our relationship to end.
It was one of the most painful periods of my life as I was rocked to my very core. The process forced me to look at some deep core wounds and I am ultimately very grateful for the growth that came from it.
A year later I met the spiritual teacher Shakti Durga and her daughter Gayatri while they were in the UK running a retreat in Glastonbury. I experienced profound healing at the time of meeting them and participating in the meditation sessions they facilitated. I felt a deep sense of coming home, it was like nothing I had known before and has taken me on a deep deep and trans-formative path of healing and soul awakening. I have been lucky enough to study with these beautiful masters and now practice Ignite Your Spirit Therapy a modality that Shakti Durga has developed. This supports clients to clear conscious and unconscious blocks held within the chakras and energy-field. These energetic blocks can relate to both emotional issues, as well as physical bodies. https://shaktidurga.com/
I supported my first birth during the Christmas of 2012 and was lucky to support a beautiful home water birth. After this I joined Doula UK and have been supporting births and post natal period in North London since then.
Summer 2020 has seen my daughter and I move to Brighton, the sea and the land of Sussex were calling. I have been lucky to have a relationship with a wonderful man, and after 4 years of long distance relationships we now live 10 mins walk from each other.
The journey of doula-ing and my spiritual practice feels so interwoven and almost impossible to separate.
I love these words...
Ordinary Miracle - Poem by Barbara Kingsolver
I have mourned lost days
When I accomplished nothing of importance.
But not lately.
Lately under the lunar tide
Of a woman's ocean, I work
My own sea-change:
Turning grains of sand to human eyes.
I daydream after breakfast
While the spirit of egg and toast
Knits together a length of bone
As fine as a wheatstalk.
Later, as I postpone weeding the garden
I will make two hands
That may tend a hundred gardens.
I need ten full moons exactly
For keeping the animal promise.
I offer myself up: unsaintly, but
By the most ordinary miracle.
I am nothing in this world beyond the things one woman does.
But here are eyes that once were pearls.
And here is a second chance where there was none.
Community, Connection and Change?
In the last 7 years I have been in London I have especially enjoyed time within my doula-community to meet such passionate beings committed to the support of birthing people and their families and the potential for social change that this brings is just inspiring. I have volunteered as the Doula UK area rep for North London - which means lots of opportunity to meet and chat with wonderful doulas in the local area. https://doula.org.uk/
I have been running a weekly meditation circle (now on zoom) for people who are interested in doing the inner work to connect to their soul-self to assist them live their lives to the fullest and be part of the solution to our collective challenges.
In the last couple of years I have travelled back to India three times for retreats and studied with my teacher there and in the UK.
I love supporting birth workers in my healing practice to use energy-healing tools to really uplift them in their work.
I am also blessed to be collaborating with the amazing Hannah Mi Anis creating 'Adamah Circles' a space for Birthing people to celebrate and explore the work of deep work of birthing and nurturing young humans. https://www.hannah-mi-anis.com/
I am so excited to be working with Madie Mchanon at https://developingdoulas.co.uk/ to provide doula training for new doulas. Im so passionate about the work birth-keepers do supporting families its such a big honour to be part of supporting a new generation of doulas into the community.
I am so blessed to have found this work, or have this work find me. The opportunity to share love, and to learn and grow is something I feel deeply blessed to do.