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Top draw

I’m very excited about the talented Katey Jean Harvey‘s new illustration for me. Everyone loved her humorous take on birth pools and I hope you’ll feel the same about this new version. Postcards coming soon! Tweet

Hello and thanks for visiting

I'm a birth doula covering east London and Kent: all the way from Hackney to Ramsgate and in between. I offer birth and antenatal support in Kent and occasionally east London too.

I also co-chair Birthrights, write freelance for a range of newspapers and magazines and comment on birth-related issues in the media.

I hope you'll stick around to read some birth stories, testimonials or FAQs to see whether I might be the right sort of doula for you.

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Messages on Nappies? I Just Need a Nap.

I’ve been beating myself up a little over the past few weeks about how busy I’ve been with work rather than children only to read that Harvard scientists think we should be printing messages on nappies to ensure parents remember to talk to their babies. That and the discovery that leftwing feminists apparently hate their offspring is enough […]

Lessons in co-sleeping

Once upon a time there was a very tired new mother. She didn’t know much about newborns, but if she knew one thing it was that it was VERY important not to let them sleep in your bed in case something terrible happened. Her tiny daughter had other ideas and screamed as if she was […]

You know you’re a doula when…

It’s World Doula Week this week. Funny how it seems to roll around about every five months. At the moment time passes by at the speed of a parent with a child-free 30 minutes and a week’s worth of chores to do. My children are turning, in moments, from tiny newborns to great hulking creatures […]

The return of The Hackney Doula: New Birth Trauma Services

You’ll no doubt have been sobbing in to your smart phones for months, bereft by the lack of posting on this blog. I can only apologise and blame my own late pregnancy listlessness and now four month old son for my lack of time to type (or, let’s face it, think). I am, however, beginning […]

Kate’s good birth

I’ll admit this is entirely speculation. I have no idea what has been going on inside the Lindo Wing for the last 36 hours and it is good that I don’t know. Very few people, Romola Garai excepted, want the world’s media to have knowledge of the state of their post-partum perineum. However on careful viewing […]

Hackney Doula in the Guardian: Breastfeeding ‘cat fight’

If you didn’t catch it last week, here is a link to my latest piece for the Guardian on National Breastfeeding Week. Tweet

The Hackney Doula

Doula UK Recognised