Bronwyn Gardner – Childbirth Educator and Doula
A Doula (pronounced ‘doola’) is a Greek word meaning caregiver. It now refers to experienced women who offer emotional and practical support to women and their families before, during and after childbirth. It is all about ‘Mothering the Mother’.
I believe in wellness in pregnancy, normal birth and wholesome parenting by empowering Hawkes Bay women and their families to make informed choices during their parenting journey. I have been in the business of antenatal education since 2004 and thoroughly enjoy meeting loads of fabulous fledgling families.
I started HB Doula’s to encourage women’s innate faith and confidence in their ability to birth in the way that they choose. To help them prepare a safe and non-threatening environment for the birth of their baby and to give them the tools to successfully labour, give birth and enjoy becoming a parent.
Over the years I have offered emotional and practical support, education, wisdom and assistance to encourage a positive transition to changed family life with a newborn. I endeavour to offer non-judgemental and supportive advice and provide families with the information needed for them to make informed choices.
I am a trained Child Birth Educator through Aoraki Polytechnic in Timaru NZ and completed my Postnatal Doula qualification with CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association) USA. I have been teaching classes since 2006 and over this time have had the privilege to attend many births in my role as a Birth Doula and to have met hundreds of budding families in antenatal class.
I teach antenatal education at Bay Wellness in Hastings. I work in a team with two other fantastic antenatal educators.
In addition to teaching, I sell and hire breast pumps as a way of supporting breastfeeding in our community. I am available to offer breastfeeding advice at any time. I have trained as a La Leche League Breastfeeding Peer Counsellor and have a passion for breastfeeding mums and their families.
I sell a few other cool products, so check out my shop on Facebook or my website.
I also work as an Educator for Brainwave Trust Aotearoa. It’s an amazing organisation, promoting the importance of healthy experiences in the life of a child, particularly in the first three years, in order to grow a healthy brain. I am an accredited Early Years, Adolescents and Schools Programme Educator.
I am the mother of two amazing young men. Joshua had a peaceful birth in Ata Rangi Hastings in 2000 with just my midwife and his father present and Alexander was born at home in 2002 with the same birthing team and an extra midwife. There is 21 months between my boys so life, as they have been growing up, has been very busy. Most days they love each other to death!
I feel very passionate about the importance of parenting and the challenges it creates. I am still excited about working as an Educator and look forward to what the future offers.
Areas of Expertise: Collaboration, Community, Education, Family, Health & Wellbeing, Talks, Workshops
Skills: Antenatal Education, Child Development, Childbirth Educator, Doulas, Entrepreneur
Region: Hawkes Bay
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