Hi, my name is Malin (pronounced Marlin) and I live in Worcester, Worcestershire. I was born in Huddinge, Sweden, but have been living in the UK since 2002.
Before I left Sweden I finished my degree in intercultural management and I was fully intending to work in the field, but life had other plans for me so I have tried a bit of everything from selling cables to mortgages. My roles have always meant I could work with people, which is my passion but the roles themselves were always lacking in depth and truly feeling like I was making a difference.
After having my two children, my son in 2009 and my daughter in 2011, I knew I wanted to do something I felt strongly about and became a breastfeeding support volunteer and have been very active in that role since 2015. I believe having had a very traumatic birth and breastfeeding journey has helped me have more understanding of the stress and pressure of societal expectations and my hope is that I can be someone to take some of that pressure off and simply help.
During the first couple of years of volunteering I was asked why I didn't train to become a midwife, as a lot of my volunteering happened on the postnatal ward. But for me, I wanted to support women, not spend my time doing clinical work. I wanted to do my observations by speaking to and knowing the woman, not based on a checklist. It planted a seed though and I started looking for roles similar to a midwife and was happy to see that Doulas were being trained and used all over the UK. It seemed perfect for me and I completed my Nurturing Birth Doula preparation Course in August 2018.
I decided to join Doula UK's mentoring program and am currently being mentored through them.
Early in 2018, I started The Birth & Breastfeeding Club in Worcester to provide free online access to support, information and signposting, either by me or other pregnant or breastfeeding women. We meet on the second Monday of every month (unless bank holiday) at the Royal Porcelain Works in Worcester. If you live in Worcester, check it out and join the closed group. It's a great community for local women.
In January 2019, I started my 2 year Breastfeeding Counsellor training with The Association of Breastfeeding Mothers which I am really enjoying. It's not only highlighting the diverse difficulties women encounter, from sore nipples to unsupportive family members, and how much there is to learn, but also how passionate I am to get the tools the better help them. I am currently half way through it. I have also completed a course for identifying tongue ties and can help with assessment as well a referral if appropriate.
I really can't accurately describe how good it feels to be helping mum and babies. It's very special.