Rachel Alred
Supporting Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond

Welcome to

Listening Doula

Mentored Birth and Postnatal Doula, Hypnobirthing Instructor & Mindful Breastfeeding Support Practitioner  

Hello and welcome, my name is Rachel and I am a Mentored Birth and Postnatal Doula, Hypnobirthing Instructor and Mindful Breastfeeding Support Practitioner who would like to support you to enter into parenthood feeling calm, comfortable and prepared. 

I decided to start my journey into the “birth world” after working for almost 10 years in the NHS, supporting families in the community as an Early Intervention Specialist Community Public Health Nurse, offering intensive support through evidence based interventions during the antenatal period and early childhood years. It got to the point where I found the challenges of providing quality healthcare within the systematic restrictions of the NHS overwhelming and led to me experiencing burnout. 

After taking some time to recover by focusing on my own self care, health and wellbeing and taking the advice I was always giving to the families and in particular the Women I was supporting, I decided I needed to leave my job. This was a difficult decision as I loved my job and was determined that I wanted to be able to use my knowledge, skills and expertise to continue to support and care for all at this incredibly important time in their lives. This is where the idea was forged as I wanted to be able to do this, in a way that I would not be forced to compromise in any area of the service I was providing and be able to offer appropriate support and care to all families throughout the four trimesters of the pregnancy, birth and postnatal journey. My core values and beliefs mean that I would like for everyone to feel safe, reassured, cared for and listened to throughout their own individual experience and journey to parenthood.