Sophie Brigstocke is a Birth and Postnatal Doula, Baby Massage Instructor and Breastfeeding Supporter with a special interest in pregnancy, labour and early parenthood.
She started her doula journey with Nurturing Birth in 2008 and became one of their course facilitators in 2012. She is a fully recognised member of Doula UK, the only not-for-profit association of doulas in the UK, and is one of a select few mentors to new doulas.
Sophie has been teaching Baby Massage since 2004. She trained with the world-renowned Peter Walker of the International School of Developmental Baby Massage and Movement. She also attended a course taught by an IAIM (International Association for Infant Massage) teacher with her own baby, so utilises material from both schools.
Sophie furthered her breastfeeding knowledge on the Breastfeeding Network Peer Helper’s course in 2011 and regularly volunteers on the postnatal wards at St Thomas’s Hospital, London, specifically supporting new mothers who want to establish breastfeeding and/or those who are experiencing problems. She continues to expand her knowledge around feeding, recently undertaking the MBi Online Lactation Course.
Sophie is passionate about antenatal preparation, working with women individually, couples, and towards her own group Birth Preparation course. She is completing her Childbirth International Antenatal Teacher Training.
Sophie is able to utilise skills from her training as a Therapeutic Massage Practitioner, London College of Massage, especially with pregnant and labouring women.
Sophie is qualified to teach the Massage in Schools Programme to groups of 4-12 year olds in the classroom.
Sophie believes it is essential to be up-to-date with medical guidelines and constantly attempts to further her knowledge – she regularly attends conferences, courses, workshops and CPD days. Recent study days have included:
Mama Conference 2012 and 2013 – speakers included Kerstin Ovnas Moberg (The Oxytocin Factor), Sheila Kitzinger (Birth and Sex), Sheila Byrom OBE (midwife), Denis Walsh (Assoc. Professor of Midwifery, Nottingham University), Michel Odent (renowned Obstetrician), Amali Lokugamage (Obstetrician), Anna Verwaal (Perinatal and Prenatal Psychologist) …
Waterbirth with Dianne Garland
Homebirth with Marie Coveney
Breech Skills with Joy Horner and Shawn Walker
Birth Physiology with Michel Odent
Breastfeeding problems with the world-famous Dr Jack Newman
Malpositioning with Selina Wallis
and many more
She has a full CRB check, First Aid qualification and full insurance with Giles.
Last, but by no means least, Sophie lives in Wandsworth with her two fabulous children, Alfie and Emily.
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