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 to make me question my... Read More

Far From Faddish: Doula Survey Shows Dramatic Decrease in Interventions

World Doula Week starts on Thursday 22 March and, while I expect many of you will shrug your shoulders, raise an eyebrow and think ‘World What What Week?!’, this new survey from Doula UK might just change your mind. With over 500 members, Doula UK represents the largest number of doulas in the UK. Its doulas work with women and their families to prepare for the birth... Read More

Minimal Baby: The Hackney Doula in the Guardian

I learn most useful things from couples I work with and decided to share one big lesson in this week’s Guardian G2. Want to know more about attachment parenting? How to get by without a buggy or a cot? Intrigued by co-sleeping or just plain skint? Find out more about how to have a minimal baby here. Tweet Read More

Babywearing survey

I just filled in a survey about babywearing – whether you carry or not, you can fill it in here and have a chance to win a mei tai carrier. Well, I rather hope I win it actually… It’s something I’ve written about it before and probably will again.As well as enjoying carrying my 19 month old I love introducing people I work with to just how easy it makes... Read More

How to be a positive birth partner. Part 3: after

Wow, well that was… just wow. One minute she was pregnant and the next there was another little person in the room. Everything in the universe shifted up a bit and settled itself down a bit to the left to make room for this tiny VIP. And then, after a moment of calm, this brave new world began in earnest. Those first few minutes, hours, days and weeks are amazing and stretching.... Read More

Freedom! Breastfeeding in public

It can be nerve-wracking feeding your new baby in public for the first time. I’ve never been on the red carpet myself, but had geared myself up for a similar reaction to Kiera Knightly descending from her limo on my first attempt. Of course, in the end, it was rather a let down (if you’ll accept the pun). No-one batted an eyelid or in fact actually noticed I was doing... Read More

Express yourself

Somehow the words ‘breast pump’ have developed the most amazing resonant qualities. Try entering a party and saying them, just slightly above normal volume and I can guarantee heads will turn with a mixture of horror, fascination and incredulity. When pregnant I found that if someone (usually male) wanted to be really ‘hilarious’ and outrageous when... Read More

Care for a little salt with that madam?

Ok, if you’re feeling squeamish or perhaps are in that green and wobbly stage of early pregnancy it may be time to look away. Go for a walk, smell some fresh laundry and come back later when I’m writing about something other than eating, distilling and encapsulating placentas. I will freely admit that until I started to look in to this for a couple I’m working... Read More

Second time around

Of late I’ve been contacted by quite a few women planning their second birth after a traumatic first birth. After a difficult first labour many women are keen to ensure that the second time round things are different. Hiring a doula is a great first step towards this. She will be able to talk through your birth plan with you in detail, help you debrief from your first... Read More

Reading between the lines: baby books

Baby books…there’s nothing so guaranteed to cause an argument at baby group. Some are devote follows of one particular school of thought, others think another ‘method’ set out in a weighty tome is the ONLY way to raise a happy, healthy baby who sleeps through the night, never cries, feeds well and can complete a rubik’s cube aged two. There are... Read More

The Hackney Doula

Doula UK Recognised