Rebecca Schiller

WRITER, SPEAKER, CAMPAIGNER AND OCCASIONAL DOULA                                                                                             Tweet


I'm a journalist, author, campaigner and media-spokesperson who believes that women often get a raw deal in pregnancy and childbirth.

These days I spend most of my time as chief executive of the human rights in childbirth charity Birthrights, writing freelance for The Guardian, The Pool, Broadly and Motherland and commenting on birth-related issues in the media.

I'm also an(occasional) birth doula based in Ramsgate offering private birth and parenting preparation classes.

I hope you'll stick around to read some birth stories, testimonials or FAQs.

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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 […]

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 […]

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

Whipps Cross Homebirth service resumed!

I’m leaving this post up for historical purposes, but the most up-to-date information about the Whipps homebirth team can be found here.   I’m getting lots of google traffic from people searching for information on the Whipps Cross homebirth service so wanted to post all I know about the current situation here. 1. Whipps have […]

Induction stations!

Something that loads of people I work with have to at least fleetingly consider is the possibility of induction. It’s a horrible word and always makes me thing of a lurching pregnant robot shouting, Dalek-style “induction, induction, induction” while mowing you down with a pessary. The good news is that most of the people who […]

Homebirth debate: The Hackney Doula on the gogglebox

So, I ummed and ahhed about whether to post this. It seems a bit vain to post a video of yourself and lightly embarrassing when you consider my first-timer classic errors of looking at the wrong camera and waving my arms like a loon. However, I decided there were some good points in there and […]

The Hackney Doula

Doula UK Recognised