"We are vibrant beings,
holding seeds of new life
It is time to return,
to gather together
To feel whole again."
In times of great turbulence, we need a holdfast point, something we can trust in and hold on to. We need each other, to be our most gentle and most powerful, working together, our energy flowing to make rivers of change.
I am Su,
Mother of two,
a mother for a decade and more now,
arriving late and breathless on the scene of Motherhood, after running scared for many a moon!
After the birth of my son, I wanted to re-train and be able to share with others this wierd and wonderful place of Motherhood, revisiting that other magical and turbulent land of Childhood, and charting the choppy waters of Parenthood!
I work as a Gatherer of Women:
In the preparation for a birth, as a Birthing From Within Mentor, I can help you to cope with all the changes, new self, new relationships and new baby.
Calling together your friends and family with a Belly Blessing, to celebrate and honour the coming of the new Mother and baby.
Being at the birth for physical and emotional support for Mother (and partner.)
Gathering and binding fragmented selves, easing birth trauma together, with Birth Story Listening and Mother Warming (including belly binding and the gentle healing and honouring of the new Mother with the “Closing the Bones Ceremony”)
At Monday Morning Mums &Co we gather together, at the Shrewsbury Coffee House, new mums and mums-to-be, to sit, talk and relax.
Each year there will be a series of Mother ReTreats to help Mothers to restore their energies and make sense of and celebrate their journeys, using ancient stories, meditations, symbols and practices.
“ Thank you for nurturing my self-confidence as a Mother and for listening to all my concerns”
"Su is brilliant. Without her I would have been going in blind. She prepared me for preparing myself, for opening my heart and being ready to accept my new role as a mother. Su I could never thank you enough."
In 2008 I started my training with Pam England, as a Birthing from Within Mentor, which taught me so much about myself and others, as well as pregnancy, birth and parenting. Since then I have trained additionally in Birth Art Processes, trained to be a Birth Story Listener, (hearing and helping to heal parents' processes, trained to be a Birth Story Listener, (hearing and helping to heal parents' pain about their baby's birth.)
I have been lucky enough to not only train Birthing From Within, but also with Gail Tulley of Spinning Babies, Rebecca Wright of Re:balancing Woman, learnt Mother Warming techniques from Nicola Mahdiyyah Goodall and Mama Baby Wise, attended three spirit lifting workshops with Jane Hardwick-Collins; I have heard Sheila Kissinger and Michel O Dent amongst many other wonderful people in the Birthing World.
But most importantly I have been listening and talking with Mothers-to-be and Mothers-who-are, in Shropshire, in the warm, womb-like nook of Shrewsbury Coffee House, every Monday morning since October 2011. I have also been honoured in being asked to attend many different kinds of birth and learnt so much from each one.
I have also been a childminder, a children's worker in a refuge and work for a voluntary organisation supporting parent with Learning difficulties. www.candodoula.org