Hannah Ashford

Hannah is a breastfeeding counsellor & introduction to solids practitioner, she completed her training through the NCT and the University of Worcester. She has had over 2,000 contacts from parents with regards to feeding issues, a mixture of local contacts & 4 years dedication to the NCT Infant Feeding Line. Hannah also delivers the Healthy Babies UK peer supporter training for Early Nourishment.

Hannah has a Diploma of Higher Education in Breastfeeding Counselling and is currently studying for a BSc Honours degree with the Open University; her current module is Approaches to Mental Health. She has also had other roles in the community such as volunteering for the County Council to advise on cloth nappies and she founded North Devon Sling Library in 2012. Meaning she has a wealth of experience in supporting parents, having had the privilege of hearing  thousands of parents journeys within the last decade.

Hannah lives in Barnstaple with her husband & children. Aside from her family her three favourite things are crochet, camping & Barricane Beach!

Alice McCarron

Alice is an HCPC Registered Occupational Therapist, working at present for the local NHS  Perinatal Mental Health Team. She has over 10 years experience working in the field of mental health across various specialities, in both the public & the voluntary sector, with a specific interest in complex trauma. She is also a trainer for the national KUF Personality Disorder Awareness training; and has in the past facilitated other training to a variety of audiences.

Alice is passionate about supporting families, especially with regard to promoting positive mental health within the whole family unit; both during pregnancy and in the postnatal period, using her skills as an OT to help families with this truly rewarding life transition.  With personal experience of being a parent of a child with additional needs, Alice is also keen to make sure that Early Nourishment CIC considers the needs of this group of parents when thinking about local resources.

She was born in North Devon; and lives with her husband & 2 young children locally. Her 3 favourite things are her  family, her coffee machine & cake!

Louise Oliver

Louise is a breastfeeding counsellor, peer support trainer, doula and introductions to solids practitioner based in the West Midlands. She is currently employed as a Maternity Support Worker. She holds a BA Honours degree in Birth and Beyond from the University of Worcester and is currently studying a Masters Degree in Public Health.

Louise has been supporting parents with infant feeding since 2010. Her experience includes facilitating antenatal sessions, leading breastfeeding drops-ins, face to face support, training peer supporters, employed community peer support roles and campaigning for equality and diversity within infant feeding representation. Her varied and diverse experiences will really help Early Nourishment fulfill its mission, visions and values by adding a fresh perspective from a very different social demographic whilst also drawing from her experiences in facilitating projects that we aim to deliver through Early Nourishment.

Louise lives with her fiancé and four children. Her three favourite things are spending quality time with her family, horse riding and reading.