Kicki Hansard, anatomy & physiology


Kicki Hansard is a certified birth and postnatal doula with experience in all aspects of pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting. Since 2002, she has been preparing couples for the arrival of their baby and supported many of them through the birth and postnatal period. Kicki is also a doula course facilitator and has trained over 500 aspiring doulas through her company, the BirthBliss Academy. 
Kicki has studied with Ina May Gaskin, Sheila Kitzinger, Dr Jack Newman and the "grandmothers of doulas", Penny Simkin and Phyllis Klaus. She has a diploma in Professional Relaxation Therapy and a BSc in Social Sciences through the Open University. Kicki is a qualified trainer and has completed the City & Guild Award in Adult Teaching (7303). 
In 2005, she took part in a television programme called "Mum + One" about doulas, which can still be seen on the Discovery Home & Health Channel. Kicki was also rewarded the Pregnancy & Birth Magazine and Doula UK award of "Doula of the Year 2009". In 2015, Kicki published her first book, "The Secrets of Birth; what every woman should know about birth and motherhood" and she is also a chapter contributor to the book "The Roar Behind the Silence".
Kicki believes that birth is a truly normal, and at the same time, deeply profound event that is optimized by personalized support, defined birth goals with flexibility built in and solid education. Her goals are to instil confidence with true information, equipping women, and families for the work of labour, birth and the postnatal period and to understand each family's unique needs and birth goals.