Hi, I’m Maddie. I’m mother to 2 wonderful young people and stepmum to one wonderful, all-grown-up person. I’m a Recognised birth and postnatal doula, doula course leader and doula mentor. I have also been a breastfeeding counsellor since 2005 and founded a well-known breastfeeding support group in 2007. I am co-founder of Cambridge Breastfeeding Alliance.
I live in Girton and work with families all over Cambridgeshire and sometimes beyond.
I used to teach English but gave it up because parents and babies are far more fascinating! There is quite literally no greater honour to be had in life than supporting new families.
I have been doing this thing since the beginning of 2004 so have now been around for the births of well over 150 babies. I was shortlisted for the Doula UK Doula of the Year Award in 2009 and Doula Mentor of the year in 2018.
My clients have opted for hospital, Birth Centre and home births. Some have chosen to have vaginal births after caesareans. Some have had twins and more! I have also supported women having caesareans, and been present in theatre. I have also supported many women labouring and birthing in water, both at home and in hospital.
I have worked as a postnatal doula for many dozens of families, both short and long-term. I love nurturing a family through the transition to parenthood, watching their confidence grow as they work out how they’d like to parent.
My goal as a doula is to accompany parents along the journey in whatever way is most useful and nurturing for them. We all birth and parent in different ways – and there are so many choices. A doula’s role is to walk the path with the family, point out things of interest or useful information and hold the space while they decide on the direction that is right for them.
I am half Cornish so I can mostly be found yearning for the sea and eating far too many cream teas.
I am a recognised doula with Doula UK.
I am a registered Breastfeeding Counsellor with the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers
I run a Doula Preparation Course and enjoy guiding women through their first steps to becoming a doula
I am a Mentor for Doula UK.
My books Why Doulas Matter and Why Mothering Matters are published by Pinter & Martin