Choose your mentor
Conscious Birthing’s Mentorship and Membership programme costs £350 and £600 if you choose to do both your Birth and Postnatal together. You can choose two Mentors for this process, should you prefer.
Your fees include:
* Lifetime membership of our online directory, through being a Student Doula to being an Established Doula
* Working 1:1 with your Mentor throughout your preparation for and attendance of Births and / or Postnatal sessions with your clients
* Access to our Mentor and Peer support monthly hub: ‘Round the kitchen table’
Eligibility for membership is gained via attendance of one of our Doula foundation courses, followed by submission and approval of your post course modules and a signed code of conduct
You're welcome to request payment plans and work out the best way to spread the cost with your Mentor
Scroll down to choose your Mentor. Availability dependent.
South West England / Remotely
Kate Woods: Birth and Postnatal Doula Mentor
Conscious Birthing founder, Course writer and facilitator, TIDE Toolkit founder, Doulas Without Borders founder and CEO.
Kate’s work is founded on 26 years experience and she continues to view mothers, parents and new families as her teachers.
Kate's keen interest in childbirth practices around the world has lead her to learning from traditional midwives in various countries as well as the UK. Blending her rich understanding around birth physiology with her passion for activism and grassroots, solution-based approaches, have all contributed towards her stance as a Doula, Facilitator and Mentor.
Supporting and encouraging people back to their roots and into the remembering of their inherent ability to give birth remains Kate's focus, and building bridges between traditional care, intuitive values and current day modalities is her greatest passion.
That passion now extends to the Training, Support and ongoing Guidance of the next generations of Doulas, and Kate has 20 years experience of Mentoring. Kate’s approach is based on self reflection, cultivating intuition and founded in cultural humility and responsiveness.
Bristol, Cardiff / Remotely
Cassandra Rosa West: Birth and Postnatal Doula Mentor
Birth and Postnatal Doula, International Birth Supporter, Massage and Naturopathic therapist, occasional course facilitation assistant.
Altai Masseuse, Creative Expressive Facilitator and Naturopathic Therapist, Cassandra integrates a range of approaches into her Doula work. She has experience of home, birth centre and hospital birth support within the UK. She is also involved with maternity improvement initiatives in Central America and has worked on a number of labour wards across Honduras, modelling compassionate care. As a Mentor, Cassandra will help you discover what kind of Doula you are and encourage you on a path of self-reflection and development. She will act as a valuable reflective instrument and draw upon her knowledge to intuit pointers and ideas for your unfolding journey.
Cassandra offers birth and postnatal Doula guidance.
South West England / Remotely
Samsara Tanner: Birth and Postnatal Mentor
Birth and Postnatal Doula, Doula Course facilitator.
Samsara's soul has always been called to Birthing. Samsara has been attending births since she was 24, soon after her own glorious moment of empowerment when birthing her firstborn son. Each of her 4 births were attended by wonderful birth doulas.
Trained in Intuitive Counselling with Scott Washington in 1994 and in Childbirth Education with Parent Centre Australia in 1988, she became very involved with the Australian grass roots home birthing movement.
Samsara has been teaching birth preparation classes and attending births for over 26 years now and this rich wealth of experience now joyfully includes having been present for the birth of her first grandson. Her experiences have lead her to the understanding that honouring the mother and baby relationship is what is most needed to support healthy mothers and families. To facilitate this, she created the Mumababy Sanctuary in Lewes, Sussex in 2013, a beautiful centre supporting women and their families with complementary therapies, drop-in support and circles for pregnant and new Muma's, as well as a hub for local doulas.
Witnessing and supporting the journey of the mother and family through the full four trimesters of the ‘birthing year’, pregnancy, birth and the first months of mothering is what makes Samsara really excited. It is this role that she calls that of 'Birth-Keeper'.
Samsara is now delivering Doula preparation courses for Conscious Birthing and is excited to be a Mentor for new Student Doulas coming through the Courses. She is also involved in running workshops for Mothers and Daughters 'Coming of age' programmes, exploring the path of Conscious Menopause, and that of the role of Grand-Mothering.
Scotland and North England / Remotely
Edinburgh, Glasgow, neighbouring areas / Remotely
Daisy Dinwoodie: Birth Doula Mentor
Daisy was unexpectedly and happily pulled to support birth during her training as a birth educator. She has supported and witnessed many births in and around Edinburgh since 2007, in hospitals, homes and birth centres. She enjoys advocating with and for families, and on behalf of future women, through working with the services in the local MSLC and helping women know of their rights. She facilitates a monthly Homebirth Support Group in Edinburgh since 2006, also teaches pregnancy yoga classes (with lots of tea, biscuits and chat) and Active Birth workshops for couples. Daisy is passionate about singing and connecting with women through song and she hosts Woman Song, a monthly circle for women.
Daisy feels strongly that women know their truth, and that all they need is support and information to be able to make the decisions that are right for them and their families. She uses Talking Mats in her work with couples to help them to find and express their views around their birth and to debrief afterwards.
She was so beautifully mentored and helped to discover her own truth, values and confidence as she became a doula. She wants to help other doulas find themselves and their true value in this work.
North Scotland / Remotely
Fiona Reilly: Birth and Postnatal Doula Mentor
Fiona is passionate about empowering women and families to choose what feels right for them around birth and parenthood. She has worked as a birth and postnatal doula since 2011. She is committed to supporting people in the choices that are right for them and helping them work through fears or experiences that need resolving.
Fiona has a psychology degree, and a certificate in counseling skills. She is reflective of her practise and has gained much confidence and knowledge through her life and professional experiences. She values the power of listening to and following our own truth and intuition. We all have our own answers, we just need to look within and one of her aims is to support you in finding your own truth. She practices as a one to one active listening therapist, in person or online, and also supports groups. In addition, Fiona enjoys offering maternity reflexology.
She is truly excited about offering support to new doulas, as she recognizes the immense value of sharing and exchanging support with others. The encouragement and guiding hands of her mentor and fellow doulas made her steps into doulahood a much smoother and more joyful experience. She continues to offer and receive the support of her fellow doula sisters for which she is immensely grateful and is enthused to offer such support to establishing doulas.
Ibiza / Remotely
Cyd Lee: Birth and Postnatal Doula Mentor
Cyd’s passion for all things around birth comes from a profound desire and knowing that empowering women through childbirth will lead to major positive changes in our society.
Her journey with assisting births began in 1984 when , as a trainee Nursery Nurse, she started her placement in Basingstoke Hospital maternity ward. The experience and practices she witnessed there left a very strong impression, and were later to be the foundation of a powerful desire to help change the way of mainstream birthing and offer women an alternative, more empowering way to birth their babies.
She starting assisting friends at their home births during the nineties and eventually birthed her first daughter at home with a community midwife who totally respected all her wishes. The feeling she had after that birth was so amazing, empowering and fulfilling , she wanted every woman to be able to feel it! So began many different trainings, in all sorts of modalities, to build up her knowledge, from aromatherapy to hypnotherapy, shamanic midwifery to Birth trauma recovery.
One of those courses was with Kate Woods, Conscious Birthing Doula Training, and this was the one that really sparked the desire to get going in earnest. She had her first client while the training was taking place, which gave a perfect springboard into the world of assisting births as a professional doula. This client later became her backup doula!
Over the last five years she has assisted with more than 50 births.
Cyd lives on a small island in the Mediterranean, Ibiza. It's a tight community of generally open minded international people, many of whom have escaped the mainstream paradigm and are looking for alternative ways to live their lives, with deeper meaning and integrity. The role of the doula is welcomed here, at home and in the hospitals. Kate's Doula courses have been a huge success and have helped enormously in building up a solid birthing community of practitioners on the island. Cyd is assisting with the Mentorship Programme for doulas that have trained with Conscious Birthing and works closely with many of the various pregnancy practitioners on the island. She also facilitates birth preparation classes.
Empowering women has become a way of life now, whether it's hosting a red tent Moonlodge, guiding new doulas, or educating mums to be, it is her mission, her purpose and her passion.