Birth and Parenting Preparation Weekend: 22-23 April 2016

Due to popular demand I’m going to be running an antenatal preparation workshop in our lovely Margate holiday house on the weekend of April 23rd 2016. Based on the popular private sessions I run, this workshop is aimed at first time parents whatever their birth plans or parenting style is. We’ll get together in a cosy cottage by the seaside for two days. There will... Read More

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

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

Simulating labour: weird or wonderful?

There’s been lots of media buzz of late about men keen to get a slice of the birthing action going through a ‘simulated labour’ in Holland. You can see a couple of Dutch guys giving it a try here and watch a little of Henry McKean’s 2 hour 15 minute ‘birth’ here. So, what do we think about this. Media stunt? Definitely! An attempt to understand... 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

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

Positive News for Homebirth in Hackney

Following a petition signed by over 1000 I’m pleased to report some positive news about homebirth in Hackney. Read More Tweet Read More

I am a big fan of the brilliant Hackney Homebirth Support group so when I moved to Ramsgate this summer I hunted for something similar. Unable to find it I decided to start my own group, joining 150 other such groups around the UK to offer independent and informal support to all those interested in homebirth. Our first meeting took place last night and it was great to welcome 10... Read More

Freedom For Birth: The Mothers’ Revoltuion

There’s rarely an issue, a concept or a campaign that almost all of us can agree on, but I think I’ve found something. A no-brainer. I believe that decisions about my body are mine alone to make. I get to decide if I want to take drugs, whether I want to go bungee jumping, if I’ll accept chemotherapy and whether I’ll have my appendix out. I am pretty certain... Read More

Kourtney Kardashian catches her baby: The Hackney Doula in The Guardian

I’ll forgive you if you haven’t heard the furore over Kourtney Kardashian catching her own baby. If you want to know what I think, have a look at my piece in the Guardian. If you want to remain blissfully ignorant, go and have a cup of tea instead. Tweet Read More

The Hackney Doula

Doula UK Recognised