An ode to my rebozo

Last week I tried (and failed) to attend the Human Rights in Childbirth European Summit in Strasbourg. Thanks to a fault on the Eurostar I spent 10 hours travelling in ever-decreasing circles around my house instead of reporting for Birthrights and the UK on the good, bad and the ugly in terms of women’s rights in birth. My fruitless travels were made slightly less annoying by a soft, long, warm and beautiful scarf around my neck. I used it... Read More

Why Human Rights in Childbirth Matter

Thanks to my brilliant publishers Pinter and Martin, my new book, Why Human Rights in Childbirth Matter, was published on 15 September. It’s been incredibly exciting to hear that midwives in Powys got together to read and discuss the issues, that several copies are circulating in a number of labour wards across the country and that women in Australia, Canada, Finland and America are reading it. Here’s what one reviewer, Karen Hall, had... Read More

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

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

Lessons in co-sleeping

Once upon a time there was a very tired new mother. She didn’t know much about newborns, but if she knew one thing it was that it was VERY important not to let them sleep in your bed in case something terrible happened. Her tiny daughter had other ideas and screamed as if she was being tortured every time she was put down. So for six weeks the new mother stayed awake for most of the night, cradling her baby in her arms, desperate not to fall... Read More

You know you’re a doula when…

It’s World Doula Week this week. Funny how it seems to roll around about every five months. At the moment time passes by at the speed of a parent with a child-free 30 minutes and a week’s worth of chores to do. My children are turning, in moments, from tiny newborns to great hulking creatures with opinions about stuff. So, here we are again all too quickly. As I’m too sleep-deprived for thought-provoking commentary here is my list... Read More

The return of The Hackney Doula: New Birth Trauma Services

You’ll no doubt have been sobbing in to your smart phones for months, bereft by the lack of posting on this blog. I can only apologise and blame my own late pregnancy listlessness and now four month old son for my lack of time to type (or, let’s face it, think). I am, however, beginning to emerge from my postnatal daze and while wiping the slightly milky cobwebs from my eyes I’ve been doing some thinking. So, later this year I’ll... 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

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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