News! Your No Guilt Pregnancy Plan – coming Spring 2018

I’m really excited to announce my next project. Here’s what Penguin and I had to say about it: Penguin Life to publish empowering guide from pregnancy guru Rebecca Schiller Penguin Life has acquired a complete guide to pregnancy, birth and the first few weeks of motherhood. Your No-Guilt Pregnancy Plan by CEO of charity Birthrights, Rebecca Schiller, will be published... Read More

An ode to my rebozo

Last week I tried (and failed) to attend the Human Rights in Childbirth European Summit in Strasbourg. Thanks to a fault on the Eurostar I spent 10 hours travelling in ever-decreasing circles around my house instead of reporting for Birthrights and the UK on the good, bad and the ugly in terms of women’s rights in birth. My fruitless travels were made slightly less annoying... Read More

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

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

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

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 of the footage of Kate emerging 27-ish hours after birth,... 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

The Hackney Doula

Doula UK Recognised