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

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

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 local blogger and new dad posted this lovely piece about my service. Thanks to all the Thanetians for their welcoming words. See you on the beach! Tweet 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

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

Minimal Baby: The Hackney Doula in the Guardian

I learn most useful things from couples I work with and decided to share one big lesson in this week’s Guardian G2. Want to know more about attachment parenting? How to get by without a buggy or a cot? Intrigued by co-sleeping or just plain skint? Find out more about how to have a minimal baby here. Tweet Read More

How to be a positive birth partner. Part 2: during

Ok, so you’ve done your homework, read about how to prepare here and have helped your partner to feel excited and happy about the upcoming birth. Well done! Give yourself a pat on the back, a large chocolate muffin and wait for the fun to really start. Here are some ideas for ways to be a positive partner when labour stuff starts to happen. 1. At the first sign of labour take a big deep breath and remind yourself that you are the guardian of... Read More

Hackney Doula Free Event

I’m running an event with the lovely people at Born in Stoke Newington on 3rd July from 6-8pm. It’s all about giving birth in Hackney. More details here. There will be (free) wine, coffee and tea and a chance to talk about: – local maternity services (where are the good rooms, the quiet stairs for induction-stomping, protocol etc) – Homerton’s new homebirth team and service – local pregnancy/birth/baby resources... Read More

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