MEET THE FAMILY

Alex Kohansky

Alex Kohansky, Founder & Director

“Becoming a mum for the first time was the most thrilling, exhausting and intense experience of my life. The friends I made during pregnancy became invaluable – meeting up, swapping stories, laughing and watching our babies develop together, turned an uncertain and potentially difficult period into an incredible shared adventure. Nothing can really prepare you for the full impact of having a baby, but there’s certainly a lot you can learn in advance that will make things much easier when you’re in the thick of the action. My goal with Bump and Baby Club is to connect parents-to-be and give them the best possible start in birth and parenting.  Above all, I hope people gain the confidence they need to trust their instincts and enjoy the amazing times ahead.”

Before starting Bump and Baby Club, Alex worked for 10 years as a Documentary Producer/Director. READ MORE

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Paula Stracey, Chief Operating Officer

“Before having my own baby, I was very fortunate in my job as a Documentary Producer to film dozens of expectant parents through pregnancy and birth. From first midwife appointments, to waterbirths, C-sections, and the moment those parents took their babies home – sharing that special journey with them was a huge privilege, and one of the most moving things I have been lucky enough to witness. So when Alex asked me to join the Bump and Baby Club team, I leapt at the opportunity to be a part of that experience again! In my role at Bump and Baby Club I hope I can help make your transition into parenthood as enjoyable and stress-free as it can possibly be. Every new enquiry we receive fills me with excitement for those parents-to-be, and I wish it could be me doing it all over again!” READ MORE

 

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NATALIE

Antenatal Teacher

Before training with the NCT to become an antenatal instructor, Natalie worked with young people and professionals as a teenage pregnancy educator. Now, alongside her antenatal teaching, she practices as a doula – a birth companion who supports women and couples during pregnancy, labour and birth.

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ALEX F

Antenatal Teacher

Alex is an experienced midwife, currently based at the Whittington Hospital. She is also an internationally published author on barriers to quality midwifery care and an Expert Consultant to the WHO. Prior to becoming a midwife she studied English at Cambridge University and worked in documentary film. READ MORE

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ALEXIS

Antenatal Teacher and Hypnobirthing Practitioner

Alexis is a practicing midwife with over 11 years experience, 9 of them at leading Hospital, Guy’s & St Thomas’. She has also worked with pregnant teenagers via an NHS programme called Family Nurse Partnership. She gained her Hypnobirthing qualification through the Association of Hypnobirthing Midwives. READ MORE

CHARLOTTE

Antenatal Teacher

Charlotte has nearly 20 years experience as a midwife and 5 years as a lactation consultant. She has worked at the Whittington Hospital for most of her career, and spent 3 years working in the Birth Unit of private hospital St John and St Elizabeth.

ANTONIA

Antenatal Teacher

Antonia was a primary school teacher before training to become an antenatal instructor with the NCT over 7 years ago. Alongside her antenatal teaching, she runs baby massage classes and volunteers for the charity, Little Village. READ MORE

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CARRIE

Antenatal Teacher & Hypnobirthing Practitioner

Practicing midwife, Carrie, has worked in all areas of the profession for many years and is currently based at the delivery suite of Barnet Hospital. She gained her Hypnobirthing qualification through the Association of Hypnobirthing Midwives.

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SANDRA

Antenatal Teacher

Sandra is a practicing midwife with 30 years experience, including 10 at the Birth Unit of Private Hospital St Johns & St Elizabeth’s. She is a qualified Reflexologist and a Trustee of the Cocoon Charity, which supports women and families affected by perinatal mental health issues.

 

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SERENA

Antenatal Teacher

Serena studied Physiology at Bristol University, which included pregnancy and labour modules, and went on to train and qualify as an NCT antenatal instructor. She combines her teaching with a career as a Healthcare Communication Consultant and looking after her 2 sons.

TESS

Antenatal Teacher

NCT-trained Tess has been teaching antenatal classes to her local community for over ten years. She is also a midwife, currently practicing at University Hospital Lewisham.

BECKY

Antenatal Teacher

Becky originally trained as an actress and, after having three children, decided to become an antenatal instructor, gaining her qualification with the NCT. She has taught over 100 London courses, reaching almost 1000 expectant couples.

JOANNA

Antenatal Teacher

Joanna is an experienced midwife, currently practicing at Guys and St Thomas’s Hospital. She has worked as a Caseload Midwife, providing continuity of care for individuals during pregnancy, birth and the early days after their baby is born, and is now a crucial part of the Birth Centre team.

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AMELIA

Antenatal Teacher

Amelia has just returned to work as a midwife at King’s College London after taking maternity leave with her first baby. She’s worked on labour ward, postnatal and antenatal wards and in the community, and has helped deliver hundreds of babies.

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LUCIA

Antenatal Teacher

Lucia is an experienced, practising midwife, currently based at Barnet Hospital. She’s worked on labour wards, antenatal wards, postnatal wards and in birth centres, and is currently acting as a Patient Safety Manager – a role is focused on improving care and practice by listening and adapting to individual needs.

TINA

Antenatal Teacher

As well as being an NCT-trained antenatal instructor, Tina is a midwife with over 17 years experience. She also founded and runs an independent midwifery company, which provides personalised care for women throughout London and the neighbouring counties.

JOANNA

Antenatal Teacher

Joanna is an experienced midwife, currently practicing at Guys and St Thomas’s Hospital. She has worked as a Caseload Midwife, providing continuity of care for individuals during pregnancy, birth and the early days after their baby is born, and is now a crucial part of the Birth Centre team.

Nyree Wright

NYREE

Antenatal Instructor

Nyree has been a midwife for 22 years, the first 11 in the NHS and the rest as a private midwife providing both home and hospital birth services. She is currently supporting women having their babies at the Whittington and Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. Nyree is also a qualified Hypnobirthing Practitioner.

Alison Ryan

ALISON

Antenatal Instructor

Alison trained with the NCT and has worked with over 1,400 couples, preparing them for the birth of their babies. Her background is in child development, training in Developmental Psychology at UCL, and she continues working in this field at the Anna Freud Centre.

ANNA

First Aid Instructor

Anna is an Ear Nose and Throat surgeon, dealing with airway emergencies, choking and resuscitation in children on a regular basis. Her work has given her a unique perspective on how important it is for new parents to learn first aid, and inspired her decision to qualify as a paediatric first aid instructor.

BETH

Breastfeeding Instructor

Beth is a lactation consultant and midwife with over 25 years experience delivering babies and helping families within both the NHS and the private sector. Beth also works as a consultant on sleep improvement strategies for babies and weaning.

EVA

First Aid Instructor

Eva has a wealth of experience teaching first aid and is also a baby massage instructor, paediatric massage therapist and toddler music instructor. In her previous career she worked as a health promotion trainer within the NHS, before moving onto Public Health.

SARAH

First Aid Instructor

Sarah has been a qualified first aid instructor since 2006 and has taught a wide variety of people including parents, childcare professionals, HSE Appointed First Aiders and Work and Rescue Divers. Sarah is also a qualified nursery nurse and has a degree in Biological Sciences.

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ANGELA

First Aid Instructor

Angela is a registered nurse with 20 years experience and specialist qualifications in coronary and critical care. Her knowledge of paediatric first aid enabled her to save her son from a life-threatening situation when he was 3-years-old, and it was this that inspired her to help others and become an instructor.

BETTY

First Aid Instructor

Betty initially decided to learn paediatric first aid while she was pregnant with her first child, and it soon became one of the best decisions she ever made – she was able to save her young baby from choking. She went on to train and qualify as an instructor and now has 9 years of teaching under her belt.

Emma Russell

EMMA

First Aid Instructor

Emma has 20 years first aid experience. She was in the Met Police for 16 years, often putting the theory into practice when first arriving at a scene. Most of her service was spent in the Child Protection Team where she believes some of the tragedies could have been prevented with some first aid understanding in the home.

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MARILYN

Head of Business Development

Marilyn has over 30 years experience managing a luxury retail brand, whilst also volunteering for charities such as the Prince’s Trust and Victim Support. She is currently a trustee of the Wallace Collection.