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 priorities. One of the things I love about my freelance life is being... 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

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

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

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

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