About Us

About our Founders

The Belfast Baby Company is an all-round birth support service established by Emma Fraser and Leslie Altic, who are passionate about supporting women and their families through what is an exciting and life-changing experience.

They both became involved with maternity services in their local health trusts following the birth of their own children, and are now active members of the Belfast and Southern Health Trusts maternity services committees. Emma and Leslie are trained doulas, offering birth and postnatal support, as well as trained antenatal practitioners.

Both women are strong advocates for evidence-based information around pregnancy and birth and want to empower women to have their birth, their way.

A range of support is on offer, from creating a birth plan/preferences and comfort measures for labour and birth to online antenatal and hypnobirthing courses and full on-call doula services – check out the list of services to find which one best suits your needs.

Our Mission

Birth is a life-changing experience, so at Belfast Baby Company we ensure parents have access to services that will build their confidence and support them fully through pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.

Encourage. Connect. Accomplish. Recover. Enjoy. Friend. Support. Embrace. Reassure. Hold. Family. Birth. Active. Believe. Joy. Trust. Affirm. Guide. Strength.

Leslie Altic

Leslie is a trained Birth and Postnatal Doula, Antenatal Educator, Hypnobirthing Teacher and Rewind Practitioner. She has two bright and boisterous girls at home, Abigail and Maya, and a wonderfully supportive husband Tommy. Leslie knows that the journey into parenthood is not always straightforward; there are highs and lows. Her first baby, Joshua, was stillborn, followed by the two very healthy, but extremely anxious pregnancies and births of her rainbow babies. This experience gave Leslie an appreciation in to how precious the time of pregnancy and birth are and how, with the right information and support, birth can and should be a positive and empowering life-changing event. Since the birth of her babies, Leslie has been involved in all things birth: from running bumps and babies groups and volunteering with SANDs (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death charity) as a befriender, particularly supporting women and their partners through rainbow pregnancies, to joining up with local maternity services, working to shape and influence maternity services, policies and guidelines. Leslie believes that expectant parents deserve to be supported to have a positive birth experience, in a way that is significant to them, so that they enter make the transition to parenthood feeling confident and with a sense of well-being.

Emma Fraser

Emma is a trained Birth and Postnatal Doula, Antenatal Educator and Rewind Practitioner. At home she has husband Simon, children Caitlin and Elliott, three dogs, one cat, one gerbil and an abundance of marine and pond fish. Emmas love of working in the world of birth grew out of experiences both good and bad, her first experience was a lovely quick hospital birth with Caitlin, she sadly found out her second pregnancy was a non viable Molar Pregnancy, then shortly after became pregnant again and had a wonderful home water birth with Elliott. For a number of years Emma has been involved in shaping maternity services in Northern Ireland, through local Maternity Services Liaison Committees, audit teams and policy working groups. This has also helped establish relationships with some of the great midwives and doctors in the area. When Emma is your doula she wants to ensure that you feel confident and safe, in preparation for birth, and getting used to life with a new baby. Having run skills workshops for birth partners and trained as an antenatal teacher she has an abundance of information and practical skills to share with clients.  

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