Paula Gallardo, Coordinator
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Paula Gallardo, Coordinator

A founding member of Mamaheaven, Paula Gallardo has been a Doula (birth assistant) and a recognised member of Doula UK since 1995. She has three children and currently works as a pregnancy, birth and parenting teacher and advisor in  London helping many women and their partners on their journey to becoming a parent.

Paula is also a trained yoga teacher specializing in pregnancy and post-natal yoga.

In her work she covers many areas of the birth and parenting spectrum supporting families physically and emotionally  in small groups of birth preparation classes and one-to-one consultations (in person or by phone/Skype). Subjects covered include:

  • Menstruation education
  • Fertility advice
  • First-time parent’s preparation
  • VBAC (Vaginal birth after Cesarean)
  • Understanding the physiological process in pregnancy and birth
  • Optimal fetal positioning
  • Understanding pain and pain relief
  • Bonding and attachment
  • Newborn care
  • Post-natal care for mother and baby
  • Breastfeeding
  • Relationship issues
  • Parenting

At Mamaheaven she coordinates the events and facilitates both the Birth stories and Mamacircle sessions, helping mothers explore their recent experiences.

Through her doula work, active-birth training, parenting courses, counseling and other influences she has developed a keen interest in postnatal issues and empowered parenting, especially the importance of reviewing the way we understand and educate the physiology of birth and the importance of “the birth story”. She has been greatly influenced by Ina May, Sheila Kitzinger and Michel Odent and works closely with Da-a-Luz, a group of midwives, doulas and birth supporters dedicated to holistic pregnancy and birth.

The Team at a glance

Testimonials

I booked Mama Heaven because I wanted some time to enjoy my baby girl without the daily chores getting in the way. But I gained so much more than that. The few days we spent at Florence House were blissful, inspiring and surprising… Within minutes of checking into my luxury accommodaiton I truly relaxed for the first time since my beloved baby landed in my arms, six months previously. Relaxing came easy because we were in a beautiful, calm setting, surrounded by a team of amazing women with innate nurturing skills. And after creating a small being, bringing them into the world safely and nourishing them that’s EXACTLY what all new mothers need: a chance to slow down, be cooked for, listened to and told that we’re doing a great job. What surprised me about Mama Heaven is that once cocooned in that safe, nurturing environment fears and joys of motherhood, that I was entirely oblivious to, came bubbling up. Expressing those emotions and being acknowledged provided some deep healing, and helped make my new role as a mother a bit less scary and even more joyful. Thank you Mama Heaven.
Roxy, Seaford - Florence House

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