I was thrilled to become a Nurturing Birth Mentor in 2021 marking a new chapter in my life and career. The Nurturing Birth community has given me renewed inspiration and the confidence to share my experiences and knowledge with others who are currently training. As a group, we have all been there ourselves and it is reassuring to know that we can help support one another when we most need it.
As a mentor I seek to provide a space for you to share your thoughts, feelings and reflect on your experiences both in your life and as a doula. By listening and signposting you to appropriate sources of information and support, we will navigate your path to becoming a doula together.
What is mentoring?
For any doula at any stage of the doula journey, mentoring can give you a safe space in which to be heard, supported and affirmed.
On-going mentoring is beneficial to anyone working as a doula. Just as we support families, we can be supported ourselves.
Mentoring is about creating a trusted relationship with someone who has already ‘walked the path’. It is a valuable space to reflect and review where we have come from, where we are now and where we hope to be.
Nurturing Birth mentoring has been developed to give doulas the opportunity to expand, develop and gain confidence.
The benefits of mentoring
- Building a business
- Setting personal goals
- Debriefing experiences
- Practising self-reflection
- Looking at life/work balance
- Growing in confidence
- Setting boundaries
- Cultivating community
- Prioritising self-care
- Keeping focussed