Reading up

I have recently worked with a woman who, for the first time ever, had more amazing books up her sleeve than I did. Thankfully I’ve found the source: her friend and reading guru Jessica Stanley. Jessica’s curated a brilliant reading list for new parents (or indeed those of us who’ve been round the block a bit). From birth stories, to working out what kind of parent... Read More

All That Matters: Exclusive Extract

I had such a great review of my new short book: All That Matters: Women’s Rights in Childbirth on The New Statesman today that I’m celebrating with an exclusive extract below. This is the start of a section focusing on the struggles of Indigenous Australians to give birth ‘on country’. For the bigger picture and the references get your copy here, with 10%... Read More

My Book All That Matters Out 20/02/15

I’ve been very busy tapping away over the past six months and this Friday 20th February sees the publication of my book: All That Matters, Women’s Rights in Childbirth. Published as part of the Guardian Shorts series, it’s a short, sharp, shock of an ebook that distills a lot of what I feel passionate about in to 25,000 words. According to my editor, this is what... Read More

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 being tortured every time she was put down. So for six weeks the new mother stayed awake for most... Read More

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 with opinions about stuff. So, here we are again all too quickly. As I’m... Read More

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 to emerge from my postnatal daze and while wiping the slightly milky cobwebs from... Read More

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 Read More

Big babies: “I can probably do anything I ever wanted to do in the universe ever”

I’ve treated this birth story to its own blog post as I love it so much. Everything about it reminds me why I love my job. Wonderful Clare, who did the birthing and the scribing, is my first Whitstable client. We didn’t meet until a couple of weeks before her estimated due date but (and I fear for the sake of both of our livers) it is clearly going to be a long acquaintance.  If... Read More

My body my choice: Human Rights in Childbirth

Last week I set out for The Hague to attend the world’s first Human Rights in Childbirth conference. Organised by the Hermine Hayes-Klein of the Bynkershoek Institute, it’s aim was to gather leading thinkers, professionals, practitioners and others from across the world and across the disciplines to discuss and debate the question: What are the Rights and Responsibilities... Read More

Dark side of The Baby Show: The Hackney Doula in The Huffington Post

I’ve  come over all foot-stampy in today’s piece for The Huffington Post. You can read more about The Baby Show’s links to the arms trade and the concerns over their chosen speakers here.   Tweet Read More

The Hackney Doula

Doula UK Recognised