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 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 Hypnobirthing Teacher, running private and group courses from The Nest and I thoroughly enjoy working with families preparing for birth.
Having completed a Doula preparation course in 2016, I also work as a birth Doula and have had the privilege of supporting over 30 families in the past few years.
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 a member of Doula UK , have an enhanced DBS check and I am fully insured with Towergate Insurance. I am also studying a BSc in Midwifery.
Meet Emily. Our wise head on young shoulders. Gentle and calm, Emily is a firm favourite with our mamas here at The Nest.
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.
After completing a Doula preparation course in 2017, I began working as a birth and post-natal Doula alongside Lexi at The Nest® and have attended women and their families at a variety of different birth settings; homebirth, inductions, birth units and standard delivery suites. I love having the opportunity to support and empower 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.
I am a member of Doula UK and I am fully insured by Holistic insurance.”
Our General Manager, baby whisperer extraordinaire (she cuddles all the babies at our weekly 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 in charge of our administration 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 ….
My name is Chantal Muller, I am married and have 2 teenage daughters. After spending 2 years in Houston, Texas as an Au-Pair, I did some travelling and then settled in England and married in 1998. I was able to be a stay at home mum and bring up my 2 daughters from 2000. Lexi and I became friends after meeting as school mums and then getting puppies around the same time; we spent many hours dog walking and talking …
I support Lexi at The Nest with all things admin and love being part of The Nest family. I trained to be a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter in 2018 and I volunteer at ‘Iggy’s’ drop In at The Nest every Thursday. Supporting mums in a safe and welcoming environment with a warm cuppa is very important to me.
With my daughters being very independent teenagers now, I have trained to be a Birth and Postnatal Doula and I’m looking forward to supporting families through pregnancy, labour and the early weeks of parenthood.”
My name is Laura, I live in Keston, Kent with my husband and 2 children. I started work as a Doula back in 2009, supporting young mothers in care. It was an honour to support young families – ensuring they had the opportunity to feel listened to, supported and cared for when they were most vulnerable.
Soon after having my youngest, in 2014, I stepped away from this role and I bought my own franchise – ‘Hartbeeps East Surrey and West Sussex’ providing multi sensory classes suitable from newborn to pre-schoolers. I met Lexi through running classes locally and in 2018, when The Nest moved to the new site, I jumped on board and opened the Enchanted Forest where we run Hartbeeps adventures 3 days a week.
Being part of the The Nest reminded me of how special it is to support families. I completed the breast feeding peer support course, which was facilitated by Jill Shepherd (IBCLC) at The Nest … and soon after this, I started their Doula Preparation course and was invited to Doula as part of The Nest team.
I believe that being given a safe space to talk and feel listened to is incredibly important at this time in your life. As a Doula, I am here to support, listen with kindness and patience, sign post and provide evidence based information and facts to support you to make the right choices for you.
I am so excited to be working along side all the incredible practitioners at The Nest and I am really looking forward to supporting families on their precious journeys through pregnancy, birth and beyond.”
My name is Clare, and I am the Breastfeeding Counsellor who runs “Iggy’s”, our support group for new parents here at The Nest; I am supported by our fully trained peer supporters and we are open every Thursday 10am-12:30.
I am Mum to 2 daughters and it was through them that I found my way into the world of Breastfeeding Support.
As a new Mum in a town I had only lived in for a short time, I knew that I needed to get out of the house and meet other people, little did I know that I would be building a support network that has continued to grow and thrive over 13 years later.
I met Lexi in those first few months and was lucky enough to be trained by her as a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter a few years later. I knew I wanted to do more so began training as a Breastfeeding Counsellor and completed that training in 2016. It is my hope that parents who come to Iggy’s will find a warm welcome, listening ear and breastfeeding support if they would like it”.