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Welcome to Haven & Base

Empowering parents with the knowledge, skills and tools to create secure and loving relationships with their babies and children.

The Haven & Base Story

Haven & Base was founded by Karen Ditchfield to provide high quality, relationship based support, advice and education to parents and their families throughout pregnancy, birth and beyond.

The name Haven & Base is a reflection on a quote by John Bowlby (the attachment theorist) who stated that; parents should provide their children with ‘a safe haven’ and ‘a secure base’ (particularly during the early years) from where a child can grow and develop to reach their true potential in life. Karen's aim is to provide a ‘safe haven’ and a ‘secure base’ for all parents to learn about what their baby or child needs as they grow and develop so that both a parent and their child can flourish and thrive together.

Karen is based in West Sussex but also provides support to parents and families nationwide via ZOOM.

About Me

Hello, I'm Karen Ditchfield, founder of Haven & Base, Attachment Practitioner: Specialising in Infant Mental Health & Early Parenting Coach. I have been working with families, babies and children for over 25 years and I'm passionate about supporting parents to unlock their parenting intuition and create secure, happy relationships with their children.

I am a mother to 4 beautful children, a wife, a daughter and a sister and live in what some might call 'happy chaos' in the glorious Sussex countryside. I adore cold water swimming and hot hot bubble baths and I'm a fully signed up member of the 'good enough' parent club.

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My Services

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Kind words

Karen took time to understand us as a family and what we needed. We are incredibly grateful for her support and couldn't recommend her more.


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