Hi! I’m Anna. My pronouns are she/her. I am originally from Southampton, England; famous for the Titanic! (from where it set sail on the maiden voyage). I am the daughter of Rosie and David. I live with my spouse, our 2 little humans (who amaze and inspire me everyday) and a very bossy cat who adopted us. I am the little sister to two brothers, a niece, an auntie of 6, a cousin, and a friend. My wider family are all in the UK, and I luckily have some cuzzies in beautiful Waikato, too.
In no particular order, I love music, hot bubble baths, the great outdoors (camping, mountain biking, snorkelling, bush walks) and the great indoors (board games, playing with my kids or curled up under a blanket enjoying a good series on Netflix – recent fave Schitts Creek). I am a pescatarian and flirt with being vegan. I like a Yorkshire tea/flat white in the morning, a glass of red in the evening. I also unashamedly like dry bags, stationary and tupperware.
What’s My Story?
I have always been drawn to being around and working with people. Connection and relationships are really important to me. Before having my own babies I loved being a practicing Social Worker, after completing a post grad Masters in with Distinction. My first job was in the nothern city of Sheffield (UK); supporting vulnerable children and families in need. Before that, I was a student volunteer and personal care worker for adults with head injuries. An adventurous move to NZ led to me continue my social work practice with adults experiencing acute and chronic mental illness. I had nearly 4 happy years working for CCDHB, both at Te Whare O Matairangi psychiatric inpatent unit at Wellington Hospital, before moving to a community mental health team.
So I have always loved, and thrived from working with people in an empowering and caring capacity!
Going through the monumentous transition of pregnancy, birth and parenthood myself, really opened my eyes to this huge life event, and really honed in the way I wanted to continue empower and care for people.
I became driven to support and empower people in the lead up to and preparation for birth, in a way that would maximise them having the best experience possible – for them. I longed to support people in through labour and birth, to ensure they felt safe, heard and cared for, particularly disenfranchised groups such as the LBGTQIA community.
And I was passionate about supporting the emotional and mental wellbeing of parents who sustained psychological injury from a traumatic birth experience, experienced loss, or struggled with anxiety.
So I sought out the best education providers I could to allow myself to support people in this way, and Anna’s Birth Services was born.
I am always learning, and would be immensely privileged to support you through your parenthood journey, whether it is for the first or tenth time!
I look forward to hearing from you,