Katie Olliffe

My name is Katie.  I am a full-time mother to George and Max, Partner to Rich and part time parent to my husband’s 3 wonderful children. We live together in a village near St Ives, Cambridgeshire.

I am a birth and postnatal doula and have been supporting birthing families since completing my training in 2012.  I have supported many families with their birth wishes, supporting home births, hospital births, birth centre births, water birth, C-section, twin birth, and hypnobirthing mums.  I have a particular interest in the postpartum time and incorporate my Calm Family training into postpartum support, helping families to learn about babies’ preverbal communication, understanding infant sleep and the journey from milk to solids.  I can also support with insight into toddler brains and gentle parenting approaches. I have a real interest in child psychology/development and I love to gently share the information I have learned.  It is a real honour to support parents during such a special and life changing time.

I also run evidence-based group and 1-1 workshops on all the topics above separately to postpartum support.  It is a real pleasure to share this information and hear the positive impact this has on the many families I have supported.  I am a breast-feeding peer supporter with a particular interest in tongue tie, having spent several months working with and supporting Sarah Oakley, IBCLC in her Tongue Tie Clinic in Trumpington in 2016.

Since becoming a mother in 2007 and completing my training at Developing Doulas in 2012 I have learned so much about birth, breast-feeding and parenting (most of which I didn’t know before my own parenting journey!)

I am aware of the huge amounts of conflicting information out there surrounding pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting and feel privileged to support parents throughout this time, empowering them to feel confident in the choices they are making, supporting them throughout pregnancy and beyond, by providing the information they need to make informed choices and helping them to remain in control of their own parenting journey.  It is the utmost importance to me to support parents to trust their own instincts when it comes to parenting their children.  I truly believe all parents very quickly become experts in their own children and with a listening ear and the right gentle support will embrace and enjoy parenthood.

I am very passionate about supporting positive birth and sharing positive birth stories. I want every mum to be to know that positive birth is within their reach; their bodies are an amazing tool, made for the job! I have seen so many powerful women dig deep during pregnancy and labour, and I love to support Mums with the information to trust they will be able to do the same! Positive birth involves different elements for every woman, and I am respectful and supportive of whatever type of birth you are planning.  If things do go down a pathway which we hadn’t hoped for I can support you to problem solve and provide you with the necessary tools for your experience to feel as positive as possible.  I am not there to change your opinion on what positive birth means to you.

The most important part of my role as your Doula is the consistent and continued care and emotional support, I will provide you and your family during the last weeks of your pregnancy and the 1st weeks of parenthood.  I can’t wait to meet you and find out all about your hopes for your baby’s birthday!  You can find out more about me here:-

https://katiethebirthworker.co.uk/