The Power of 3
We've been working together for years now and we love it.
So do our clients, because when you work with us, you get 3 for the price of 1!
With our 20yrs combined experience of facilitating antenatal classes and
supporting over 150 births, we know what makes for a good birth experience.
Whatever form of support and care you want and need during your pregnancy, birth and new motherhood,
we're ready and waiting to share the good stuff with you.
Hello, I'm Laura. I live in Tonbridge, Kent, with my lovely little family.
I spent the first decade of my career working as a TV producer in the UK and Australia, making much loved shows like Grand Designs, Gogglebox, First Dates and One Born Every Minute.
During my time on One Born, I was lucky enough to spend many hours with women before, during and after their births. Being part of their life-changing experience was an incredible privilege and something I wanted to do more of. Years later, I found out about the role of the doula and there was no looking back.
I trained with the Birth Bliss Academy in 2018 and I'm passionate about helping women to have positive birth experiences and become the mums they want to be.
Hey there, I'm Ruth. I'm an antenatal teacher, birth and postnatal doula, writer and mother.
I don't have an agenda for how you should give birth or parent. I do care that you feel supported to do it the way you want. That you look back at each stage feeling that you were listened to, heard, seen and supported.
Why am I a doula? Well, while pregnant and during the forth trimester, it became a daily norm for someone to come and tell me about their birth or breastfeeding story, often emotionally charged and difficult ones. I could hardly believe how women were being treated during birth, and that it was seen as normal and ignored. I started to do my homework and investigate pregnancy and birth in the UK today (as well as globally). It led me to learning about doulas, and how much difference they can make. I had to get involved and try to create positive change.
When allowed to autonomously make decisions about their own bodies and their babies, it has been found that parents make good choices (not so much of a shocker to us). When bringing a child into the world you are faced with so many decisions to make and not always provided with all the information that help you to make them. NHS maternity support, although often incredible, is limited by many factors and not set up to cater for the individual. Some of us want a bit more.
You can be in the best position, ready with all the information you need and want, to make the right decisions for you
Hey. I'm Charlie. Doula, antenatal teacher, academic researcher and mother of 3
(not necessarily in that order). I've been supporting families in Kent and South East London since 2013, offering hypnobirthing and antenatal classes, as a birth doula and as facilitator of the Positive Birth Movement Sevenoaks.
I came to birth work in my early 30's, after a successful career in marketing agencies and 3 lovely home births. I was very fortunate to be supported by the same two wonderful midwives for each of my pregnancies and births, and it was thanks to their reassurance and expertise that I had such positive pregnancy and birth experiences.
Having had 3 children in 5 years I realised how much I'd learned in that time and how little I'd known when I first got pregnant. Supporting families during pregnancy and birth, challenging their preconceptions, and encouraging them to make their own unique and personal plans is incredibly rewarding for me, and one of my favourite things.
In March 2022 I submitted my MA research thesis 'What do mothers seek to achieve when they write their birth plan' to the Centre for Womens' Studies at the University of York. This research looks at where and why birth plans fail, what mothers want from their perinatal care, and so how birth planning, birth plans and decision-making in birth can be refined and improved. I have presented papers on the topic of birth plans, feminist theories of the body, authoritative knowledge structures, the construction of mothers as ignorant and their bodies as sites of risk, the dehumanisation of motherhood within neo-liberalism, beliefs and biases founded in dualism and the Aristotelian idea of the female body as the failed male at the 2021 FILIA conference (the largest grass-roots feminist conference in Europe), at the January 2022 Doula UK conference and a recent inter-disciplinary academic conference at the University of York.