Hello and a very warm welcome to my website.
Firstly, congratulations on your pregnancy or maybe even your new baby.
My name is Alex and I'm the founder of 'Bumble Beginnings'.
I am a mum of 3 wonderful children (2006,2009,2014), which I'm so blessed with and inspire me daily. I am married and live in the beautiful Hampshire countryside near Alresford.
I was born and raised in East Germany and escaped to West Germany before "The Wall" came down in 1989. In 1991, my family decided to move back to my hometown in East Germany where I continued to live until 2002. In 1997, I started my training as a paediatric nurse, which I completed successfully in 2000. One of my first placements as a student nurse were within the neonatal setting and labour ward. It became clear that my heart and soul were with pregnant women, newborn babies and postnatal women. In January 2002, I moved to the UK (on my own) and since meeting my husband my plans in returning to Germany vanished.
In 2009, we moved to Australia for 1 year and this is where we welcomed our second child. During that time, I had no support and I can therefore emphasise the importance of a postnatal doula.
I love spending time with friends and family, music, art, home designs, books, travelling, country walks and coffee.
In 2016, as my workload and family commitments increased, I made a huge decision and followed my heart and gut instinct and left behind my career in paediatric and neonatal intensive care nursing. It is therefore safe to say that I know the NHS system very well.
My aim is to make your pregnancy and birth a positive and joyful experience and to support you before, during and after the birth of your baby.
Since completing my doula course with Nurturing Birth in November 2015 I have had the privilege of supporting a vast variety of births and postnatal clients. I enjoy studying and learning and applying all those skills into my services, which I'm extremely passionate about.
I attend local meetings, courses and conferences to widen my knowledge and I love my little library, which I am happy to share with my clients if they wish.
Infant Massage Instructor with the IAIM (International Association of Infant Massage)
Doula UK Conference London
Closing the Bones with Sophie Messager
Doula UK Conference Manchester
Supporting Every Birth (Stillborn and Infant Loss) with Michelle Every
Positive Birth Portsmouth Conference
Holistic Therapies, Midwifery Theme Day, University Southampton (Key speaker)
Hypnobirthing Instructor Course Northampton with The Little Birth Company
Mindful Breastfeeding Practitioner course with Anna Le Grange
I am a member of Doula UK, who I completed my mentoring programme with and became a recognised birth and postnatal doula. For any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.
I'm looking forward to hearing from you!
Alexandra Risebury - 07814 512166
“Alex, thank you for being our Doula. It was very short notice but you threw everything into it. Without you, we would have never considered a home birth and our little one wouldn’t have had the peaceful birth he was entitled to. We have learnt so much from you and it has opened our eyes to many possibilities! You have inspired, encouraged, shared and empowered me and all our special family.” C.K.