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About

I support women and their families in the most transformative experiences of their lives and I am passionate about informing and educating women to step into their own power

Contact Me

07956 126344

laura@theholisticdoula.co.uk

Training & Accreditation

  • Doula training facilitated by Kicki Hansard of BirthBliss Doulas with specialist lactation focused training from Indira Lopez Bassols

  • KGHypnobirthing Teacher (recognised by the Royal College of Midwives)

  • Wysewoman Aromatherapy for Birth workers

  • Birthlight Pre & Post Natal Yoga Teacher Training

  • Wysewoman Mother warming Postnatal Remedies

  • Wisdom of the hips & postpartum healing rituals - the teachings of Dr Rocío Alarcón

  • Birth Trauma Recovery – 3 Step Rewind Technique

  • The Foundation for Infant Loss Accredited Training Course

  • First Aid training

  • Wysewoman Grandmother’s Medicine Cabinet

  • 3 hour Paediatric First Aid Course

  • Enhanced DBS check in place

  • MANNTA Maternity Nurse Course

  • Triyoga 2 year Yoga Teacher Training

  • 1:1 Embodied Relational Therapy Yoga Training

  • First Sphere Meditation with The Bright Path

  • Holistic Massage Diploma and Indian Head with Quantum Metta School of Massage

  • Urban Priestess 13 Moon Training and Women’s Retreat

  • Sacred Oils Study with Soul Midwife Felicity Warner

  • Ongoing Ayurvedic Study

Relevant Volunteering Experience:

  • London Tongue Tie Clinic with Katherine Fisher – an international board certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

  • A member of Neighbourhood Doulas

In whichever way we work together - whether supporting you as your Doula, in antenatal preparation or postnatal healing - we will embark on a unique journey together. My aim is to support you in an open and non judgemental way, to reconnect you with yourself and enable you to tap into your own inner source of wisdom, power and sacred space

I am a Recognised Birth and Mentored Post Natal Doula with Doula UK having completed an Aspiring Doula Foundation Course with renowned tutors Kicki Hansard and Indira Bassols-Lopez (Lactation Specialist) of BirthBliss - A Doula UK approved course. I have an Enhanced DBS check and First Aid qualification in place 

Please find a link to my Doula UK Doulagraphy here: https://doula.org.uk/doula/laura-swann/

Evidence based research for the benefits of having a Doula can be found here: https://doula.org.uk/research/ 

"Become a conscious vessel for the life force that is always flowing through you" 

Christiane Northrup. M.D.


Background & Approach

I studied a degree in Philosophy and Dance. My dance training encompassed techniques of Release, Cunningham, Graham, Limon and Classical Ballet. When I discovered yoga it combined two things that were intrinsic to me - a love of the freedom created by movement and my insatiably inquisitive nature about our place in the universe

Whilst embarking on my own journey of self discovery I worked as a private PA and lifestyle consultant to UHNW women - as an ally, confidante and mentor

I have completed a two year teacher training course with internationally recognised Triyoga London. Becoming a qualified yoga teacher came to fulfil another desire - to help people to harness their own ability to heal by opening up the communication with their greatest teacher - themselves. Furthering my studies with a body psychotherapy teacher in working one to one. I now specialise in pre and post natal yoga and women’s wellbeing - working either in a private 1:1 therapeutic setting or in small groups. I am available for retreats, talks and workshops and regularly contribute writing for relevant organisations and publications

  My offering is further complimented with training in Holistic Massage Therapy, Indian Head Massage & Postpartum healing and closing rituals. As a body worker I love to explore the incredible connection between the mind, body and spirit. The more we bring our awareness inward, strengthening the mind-body connection, the more our intuition can blossom. We are in conversation with our biggest teacher. By shedding light on our patterns and finding new ways of moving we can begin to shift what is stuck and release both physical and psychological trauma. After all our bodies are designed to move and when they are open our breath can flow freely. To live in a fulfilled way we must allow ourselves the time to find balance to allow our true nature to flow

I love to learn and embody the things that ignite my soul, foster growth and serve others on their path. I continue to immerse myself in ways that allow me to live my passion


Where to Find Me

I am based in South East London and work in and around Central London as well as remotely and occasionally Internationally


Gratitude

To my soul heart tribe who have become family and always encourage me to rise

Profound thanks to Kicki Hansard for her commitment to positive birthing and encouraging so many women to take more of an active and positive role in their own birthing story. My mentor Indira Lopez-Bassols for her commitment to holding the light. Thank you to my doula sisters and brother and unofficial mentors who inspire me every day

Kemi Johnson who is a beautiful and compassionate Independent Midwife spreading her light further by facilitating KGHypnobirthing teacher training and her passion for creating access to evidence based information

For their guidance, knowledge and willingness to share, challenge and redefine yoga teaching - huge gratitude to Carlos Pomeda, Kate Ellis, Catherine Annis, Kirsteen Ruffell, Françoise Freedman and Uma Dinsmore-Tuli

Doreen Uzice, Dympna O'Brien and Karen Yarnell for their enthusiasm and care as teachers and holistic bodyworkers

To Dr Rocío Alarcón for fiercely providing her indigenous wisdom

To Sianna Sherman & Ashley Turner for Urban Priestess

I am deeply blessed to continue to grow and evolve as I serve women and their families