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 be plenty of time to relax and explore Margate’s beaches, restaurants,... Read More

#SaveAsha: Australian Off-Shore Detention Threatens Baby’s Life

Is Tony Abbott (the Australian prime minister) a robot? Taking his inhumanity to new levels Abbott is in the process of returning infants to the horrors of Nauru island; the government-run detention centre that increasingly sounds like the seventh circle of hell. Described by a veteran nurse as akin to “a concentration camp”, Nauru is dogged by ongoing allegations of rape by government workers, excessive force used on detainees and insanitary... Read More

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 it’s all about: Birth. It is, alongside death, the most universal... 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, I’m putting myself on the record saying that I think she had... 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 and support women better? Possibly. A potential chat-up line generator?... 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 a continuation of all I cared about and believed in while studying... 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 you are interested in a story about overcoming birth... 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 interested people to my home to chat all things homebirth-related and... 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 that, much as I’ll be keen to listen to expert opinion and consider... Read More

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