My name is Alexis Ozmen – known to most as ‘Lexi’ – qualified and experienced Hypnobirthing Teacher, Breastfeeding Counsellor and Birth Doula and founder of The Nest®.
I began my career in 2006, 6 months after my eldest daughter was born. I studied with the university of Bedfordshire and National Childbirth Trust for four years and gained a level 5 DipHE (foundation degree) in Breastfeeding Counselling in 2010. During this time, I also had my second daughter at home.
I worked as an NCT practitioner for 6 years, supporting new parents in the antenatal and postnatal periods, facilitating antenatal breastfeeding sessions and supporting them at home once their babies had been born. I also trained as a peer support trainer and birth & beyond practitioner.
In 2012, I took up post at a large NHS hospital in Surrey and worked there as Infant Feeding Coordinator until 2015. Here I had the opportunity to work with families in a variety of different situations as well as working with staff delivering lactation training and implementing a peer support programme.
I am a qualified and registered KG Hypnobirthing Teacher running private and group courses as well as pregnancy relaxation and thoroughly enjoy working with families preparing for birth. I also run three positive birth groups across Surrey and West Sussex.
Having attended births over the years, I wanted to become accredited with Doula UK as a recognised Doula. I completed the Developing Doula course in 2016 and I am currently a mentored birth Doula.
I believe passionately in providing care and support with empathy and kindness; care that holds the family I am supporting at the heart of it. I am committed to my own continued professional development and strive to inform my practice constantly by attending updates and training as well as keeping up to date with current research relating to pregnancy, childbirth and lactation.
I am fully insured with Towergate Insurance.
I’m a lover of all things birth and beyond; there is something so magical about brand new life and seeing families grow. My interest in becoming a doula came not from having my own children, but from being present at the birth of my wonderful friend’s little girl! Witnessing how incredible the support of another woman could be during that time made me realise exactly what I wanted to do, and gave me the doula bug!
In 2016 I trained to be a breastfeeding peer supporter and now volunteer every week at a local bumps & babies support group, offering mother to mother breastfeeding support to other mums. The skills I learnt during my training have given me the tools to help other women, but also taught me the importance of listening and being fully present at all times.
I work as a mentored birth and post-natal doula alongside Lexi at The Nest® and I’m really looking forward to being given the opportunity to support and empower more families during one of the most important periods of their lives.
I strongly believe that feeling safe, supported and valued during birth, along with feeling listened too, will have a positive effect on the overall experience for the whole family.
Meet Chantal! Baby whisperer extraordinaire (she cuddles all the babies at our drop in and at the HUDDLES), expert tea maker (she takes care of all our mamas when they need a cuppa and a listening ear), all round organisation whizz and the person who makes sure all the ‘ts’ are crossed and the ‘is’ are dotted ….
Chantal is our administrator at The Nest® and she is the person you will hear from if you are booking onto one of our antenatal or hypnobirthing courses or if you are interested in hiring our space to run services for local families ….
Chantal has two teenage daughters and has been a dear friend of mine for a number of years now. We really wouldn’t be without her! ♥