Nurturing Birth has been providing doula training courses in the UK and beyond since 2004, starting the journeys and supporting the development of over 3000 doulas. Since the start of 2014 Nurturing Birth has been owned and run by Sophie Brigstocke, an experienced birth and postnatal doula and Transformational Coach who has been facilitating doula courses for over a decade. Sophie is supported by an incredible team of doulas, mentors and professionals in the pregnancy, birth and parenting worlds.
Director and Course Facilitator
Sophie is a Birth and Postnatal Doula, Breastfeeding Network Supporter, Baby Massage Teacher and Transformational Coach. She was awarded “Doula of the Year” at MaMa Conference, 2017. Read More
Sophie started working with families in 2004 first as a Baby Massage Teacher (training with Peter Walker) and Therapeutic Massage Practitioner (London College of Massage). Doula training with Nurturing Birth came in 2008 and Sophie has supported hundreds of families in the perinatal period, as well as mentoring numerous doulas over the past decade.
Infant feeding support is a passion for Sophie. She volunteered on the postnatal wards of one of London’s major hospitals for over ten years, as well as being a member of the Unicef Feeding Group and contributor to the Maternity Voices Partnership.
More recently Sophie trained as a Transformational Coach, first with The Shift Method and then with Dr Sarah Madigan’s Joy Movement, learning techniques to support people to release old feelings, limiting beliefs and decisions, and as a Breathwork Practitioner. Sophie is passionate about supporting people to step into their power, release imposter syndrome and become confident perinatal practitioners.
Sophie lives in London and Somerset and has two teenage children. When she isn’t thinking about all things perinatal she can usually be found walking her dog Wilf, singing, going to the theatre/cabaret, and eating dark chocolate (which she isn’t prepared to admit is an addiction)!
Danielle has worked as a birth doula since training with Nurturing Birth in 2016. Her passion for supporting families has encouraged a passion to support other doulas on their journey.Read More
Danielle is well known in her community for the pregnancy and parenthood socials she organises. She qualified as an antenatal & aquanatal teacher in 2018 and then studied infant massage. Her classes run weekly at a beautiful studio in her home town.
She lives in a small village on the coast of South Wales with her husband, two boys and family dogs. You will usually find her reading, enjoying nature, swimming, dancing or laughing. She is a real people person, compassionate and caring, with a crazy sense of humour!
Social Media Manager and Administrator
Lead Course Facilitator
Sam lives in Essex and has been a doula since 2008, when she trained with Nurturing Birth!Read More
Since then she’s gone on to mentor new doulas, become an infant massage teacher, train as a KG Hypnobirthing Instructor and take numerous other workshops that have sparked her interest. For a few years she hosted a local group for new parents to connect. Her love of women and people that birth have meant that doula work is always at the core of what she does.
Sam became involved with Mindful Doulas and was grateful to take the business on herself but swiftly realised the need for a team around her so was delighted to be asked to join the Nurturing Birth family at the end of 2019.
Supporting those that feel drawn to support, and in turn be supported themselves, to find community and a ‘village’ is at the heart of what she is driven to do. She is a keen advocate of mental health and wellbeing. Sam is unapologetically known as The Unapologetic Doula – she is passionate about people being true to themselves and hopes people will embrace all that they are.
With two teenagers, a husband, cat and dog to juggle along with doula life Sam’s all for looking out for her own wellbeing, so as downtime you’ll either find her by the beach, baking, listening to music or riding her motorbike … and getting a little addicted to tattoos!