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

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

Dark side of The Baby Show: The Hackney Doula in The Huffington Post

I’ve  come over all foot-stampy in today’s piece for The Huffington Post. You can read more about The Baby Show’s links to the arms trade and the concerns over their chosen speakers here.   Tweet 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

Birthplace study: the bigger picture

It was inevitable that yesterday’s Birthplace study would cause the kind of chest-beating, hair-tearing, teeth-gnashing media frenzy that is reserved especially for anything related to birth choices. Ah well! Important to let them all have their fun, eh? Well actually no it isn’t. Being as it impacts on the lives of so many of us I think there should have been a few more valiant attempts to report this vital new research in its propert... 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

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