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

Birthrights launching today

As you’ll know if you’ve followed this blog for a while, I’m really interested in women’s human rights during childbirth. Last year I met an inspirational human rights barrister, Elizabeth Prochaska, who helped make this woman’s right to give birth at home a reality. In May I went to the Hague with Elizabeth and realised that my work as a doula is just... Read More

Waving to Thanet

As most of you know I’m upping sticks and moving to the Kent coast. East Kent to be precise and Ramsgate, Thanet to be totally exact. Hard as it will be to leave Hackney the welcome from Thanet has been wonderful and as well as lovely chat with the team at Academy FM a lovely local blogger and new dad posted this lovely piece about my service. Thanks to all the Thanetians... Read More

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

I’ve ┬ácome 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

What do you do again? What a doula is and isn’t…

Most people know I’m a doula and those that don’t do a very good job of hiding their surprise/total incomprehension. But sometimes I wonder how many people really know what a doula really is? What a doula isn’t: I don’t replace or make redundant the birth partner I don’t replace the midwife or doctor I’m not a ‘natural’ or ‘drug-free’... Read More

Birth illustrated

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The fabulous Katey-Jean Harvey has been working on illustrations for some new Hackney Doula postcards and for this site. You’ll see bits and bobs popping up here and there over the coming weeks. They are making me chuckle while I slowly freeze to death on a wild, Welsh hillside in the name of relaxation. Tweet Read More

A dedicated follower of fashion

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Apparently, according to the UK media, doulas are becoming ‘fashionable’. A recent article referred to us as ‘the latest fashion accessory’ and I’ve actually tracked down one piece with the rather nifty title: ‘Mothers with Moola Must Have a Doula’. There is a part of me that does a little dance of joy, clicks my heels together and... Read More

Pencils at the ready

My artistic skills have always been fairly limited. Limited, that is, to slightly squiffy looking stick men and the odd collage of a long-forgotten boy band on my school ‘rough book’. I distinctly remember my art teacher sniggering gently when I, in a moment of madness, suggested that I might take GCSE art. Nevertheless, I’ve finally forgiven the artistic... Read More

The Hackney Doula

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