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

Supporting grieving parents The Hackney Doula in The Guardian

An issue I care a lot about is the support parents receive (or don’t receive) after the tragic death of a baby. In my piece in Guardian G2 today, some inspiring people share their stories and insights in to how you can help bereaved parents. I hope it will provide some useful suggestions for those struggling to know what to do or say to offer support. I would also encourage anyone who doesn’t know the work of SANDS (the stillbirth and... Read More

NCT Pregnancy and Birth evening in Whitstable

This Sunday (the 24th June 2012) while I’m frantically bubblewrapping my birth pools and gently stuffing Ina May, Michel Odent and Janet Balaskas in packing cases, the Canterbury and District branch of the NCT are hosting a free and fab-sounding preganncy and birth evening. From 7-9pm All Saints Church Hall in Whitstable (over in my new East Kent neck of the woods don’t you know) will play host to midwives, doulas, antenatal teachers,... Read More

My body my choice: Human Rights in Childbirth

Last week I set out for The Hague to attend the world’s first Human Rights in Childbirth conference. Organised by the Hermine Hayes-Klein of the Bynkershoek Institute, it’s aim was to gather leading thinkers, professionals, practitioners and others from across the world and across the disciplines to discuss and debate the question: What are the Rights and Responsibilities of Birthing Women? I could blather on for months about the incredible... Read More

New Homebirth Team at Whipps Cross

Following this post about the Whipps Cross homebirth service I wanted to give you a quick update. After a brief period of Independent Midwives attending local homebirths (read this birth story for more information), women living in the Whipps catchment area are now eligible to access the new dedicated homebirth team. Suzan and Detta, two experienced and lovely midwives are running the service, which will hopefully expand as demand grows. They... Read More

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 with women and their families to prepare for the birth of their baby, helping them to fully explore their options, make informed... Read More

Dear Mr Anaesthetist

On Wednesday night I made a new friend on twitter. Whilst broadcasting both of our, rather different, thoughts on the Channel 4 documentary One Born Every Minute, an anaesthetist and I collided across our respective wi-fi’s. You can read our discussion here (look out for @welsh_gas_doc). I’ve had similar conversations before in the real world. They generally start off a bit less confrontational when you are face-to-face, but I’ve... Read More

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 committed to offering a continuous homebirth service and have done so publicly in the Waltham Forest Guardian.... Read More

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 have to think about induction end up leaving those thoughts far behind them when their small person makes... Read More

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 you might all forgive me my moments of idiocy in light of trying to correct some mis-interpretations of the Birthplace study and myths about birth in general. Be... Read More

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