Why choose me as your postnatal doula?
My name is Janine Ebling and I am mum to our two secondary school age children. I have 6 years previous experience working as a midwife locally in Guildford, Surrey and have been working as a postnatal doula since 2014. I love helping people and take a lot of satisfaction in making a positive difference to the experiences of a new family!
I am reliable, punctual, conscientious and quiet natured, and so will offer a gentle but supportive presence in your home without being overbearing. I will walk through those early days with you, supporting you and enabling you to become the best mother you can be, getting your family off to a great start!
Worked as a midwife from 2000-2006 at the Royal Surrey County Hospital
Left midwifery in 2006 to stay home full time with my children
Breastfed both children, which included struggles with colic, low milk supply and thrush (very happy to support you however you feed your baby!)
Personal experience of postnatal depression and coming through the other side!
Working as a postnatal doula is wonderful because it allows me to spend the time needed with families to really make a tangible difference, time which was just not available within the NHS maternity setting.
Being a postnatal doula fulfils my passion for supporting new mothers and babies, and draws on my many and varied experiences as a midwife and mother. I am therefore able to offer informed and sensitive care to your family in a unique manner.
Snippets from various different families- (fuller versions can be read on the testimonials tab)
"Janine just rolls up her sleeves and gets on with it from the minute she walks in the door...she has completely surpassed all our expectations and wishes"
"her reassurance and advice was invaluable in the early days"
"she encouraged me, helped me with practical tasks and showed me how to be a mum and enjoy it"
"You could always tell the days she had been- I'd eaten proper meals during the day, I'd had a nap, the washing was done and neatly folded, the kitchen tidy. It meant that I was calm and rested"
"she had a very calming effect on me"
"having Janine support my wife and look after our twin boys has taken away any worry I had of leaving my wife to manage on her own"
"she has a real intuitive approach"
"I would highly recommend Janine to other families without hesitation and miss her here already!"
Training and qualifications
BirthBliss doula training course
UNICEF Baby Friendly Breastfeeding training course in 2014, and four further breastfeeding study days in 2015 and 2018.
experience of caring for twins
recognised doula, and member of Doula UK, which reassures you I have undertaken appropriate training, and have completed their mentoring programme
Babywearing peer supporter- ran Guildford Sling Library for 3 years
clean, enhanced criminal records (DBS) certificate for working with children (issued June 2015), and with vulnerable adults (issued Sept 2017)
full, clean driving licence
St Johns Ambulance Paediatric First Aid training in January 2017 (valid for 3 years)
public liability and malpractice insurance cover
certified expert practitioner with Luna Hive