Your Abuela

Your Abuela

Choosing a doula is a very personal thing. Your birthkeeper will walk alongside you as you welcome new life into your home. They bring the wisdom of the Abuelas with them. Here are some wonderful Abuela Doulas to choose from:

Sinnead Tanisha Marie Ali (she/her)

Bio

Having worked in wellness for over six years as a yoga teacher and sex educator; I found my passion lies with Womxn remembering the power of their bodies and intuition. This then led me to birth work and reproductive justice. I want all pregnant people to feel safe and held from conception, birth, and postpartum.

Contact Details

07746333326

Area Covered

Cardiff, surrounding areas + online

Nikita Akilapa

Bio

As a birth and postpartum Doula, I provide emotional, educational and physical support during pregnancy, birthing and beyond. From yoga and relaxation to antenatal information, birth support to breastfeeding advice, I’m here for you
At all stages, I am fully invested in your comfort, safety and empowerment. Throughout your pregnancy, I will keep you informed and equipped with knowledge, and help you prepare for birth. At birthing time, I can advocate for you and your family, protecting and reinforcing your birth preferences. In the weeks after baby arrives, I’ll support you emotionally and practically, to help make your transition to parenthood an easy one.

Contact Details

07568 598920

Area Covered

North London some of East London

Naomi Gray

Their Services

Bio

Naomi is a birth doula, and would be happy supporting women and their families based in Nottingham and the surrounding areas.
Naomi believes all women should be empowered and supported thoroughly with what happens to their bodies and how they choose to birth their babies. The birthing mother should always be leading the conversation and heard.
Naomi will help navigate you through information and choices you are faced with along your birth journey leading up to meeting your baby and will allow you time and space to think and make decisions. She will spend time to prepare you emotionally, mentally and also spiritually if you would like.
Naomi will be there to support partners and ensure they have the space to discuss feelings, any worries they may have and would ensure to never take over their role. If you do not have a partner or an external support system Naomi can take on this role.
During labour her focus will be to make sure you feel safe, calm, comfortable and in control using coping techniques you would have practiced in previous meetings

Contact Details

07929720333

Area Covered

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Eshe Kiama Zuri (they/them)

Their Services

Bio

Eshe Kiama Zuri offers emergency doula support and community care for marginalised people.
Eshe’s focus is on ‘full spectrum community care’ (see website), about bringing appropriate and inclusive support to all areas of the community. They run a national online mutual aid network, UK Mutual Aid and provide direct to the community support in Nottingham.
They are also a vegan chef with a wealth of knowledge around nutrition and African diasporic diets.
Eshe wishes to work with people who are most marginalised and their doula support is offered to queer and trans parents and families, sex workers, Black parents and families, disabled parents and families, young parents and families, asylum seeker and refugee parents and families and more. See website for more details.

Contact Details

07713131748

Area Covered

Nottingham, East Midlands and national online support.

Laeta-Mae d’Avoine

Bio

Leata-Mae (she/they) is a parent, full spectrum doula & holistic well being facilitator based in Jersey, The Channel Islands.
While advocating for reproductive, racial & birth justice, Leata-Mae’s work is also focused on encouraging others to stay informed & empowered when it comes to their self care and self love.
Through Leata-Mae’s storytelling, devotion to boundaries and passion for communication, they aim to bring about connection and compassion via community based healing.

Contact Details

Please email in the first instance

Area Covered

Jersey, Channel Island , Virtual

Krishinda Powers-Duff

Bio

As a former UK midwife I have over 10 years of experience helping women and their families in pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and the postnatal period. I pride myself on giving holistic loving care based on clinical and traditional midwifery skills. My years of experience working in both Spain and the UK have allowed me to become the kind of well-rounded caregiver that I feel women sincerely need. I have confidence in women and birthing peoples ability to grow, birth and nurture their babies and I support you along the way to find this confidence in yourself. At present I am able to provide Breast/chest feeding support, postnatal coaching and restfulness coaching online and have great success in doing this with families around Europe. Although our sessions may be online I ensure that you have access to my care and support as much as needed and with my years of experience and love for teaching, I ensure that each parent whom I support is able to achieve their goals whether they are feeding, postnatal or restfulness (supporting your baby to rest and sleep well) goals.

Contact Details

07305334793

Area Covered

Global

Nicola Mahdiyyah Goodall

Bio

Nicola has been birth for over 20 years helping women through their journeys alongside her own births and raising her family. Officially trained in 2002 with Michel Odent as one of the first Paramana Doulas, she was a founding member of the Scottish Doula Network, after she moved to Edinburgh, where she still resides. She works actively not only as a doula, but is also part of many different initiatives which promote natural childbirth. Becoming the main facilitator for the Mindful Doulas training programme, gave her the experience and push to found the Red Tent Doulas training initiative in 2014 which has taken off in several countries worldwide. Nicola is also the director of the Wysewomen workshops – a series of learning circles aimed at women sharing with women through storytelling, publications and healthy social media, to bring back traditional practices in our modern world. Red Tent now includes End of Life doula, traditional postpartum, TCM and educator preparation.As a very active member of the childbirth movement both within the UK and Europe, she can often be found co-teaching workshops with other midwives and doulas (Loving the Mother, Da A Luz), giving very eloquent, fluent talks at birth conferences and universities, giving amazing TED talks and generally offering endless time and
commitment to students, birthkeepers, mothers and birth activists to assist them on their journeys.
2019 saw Nicola release her first book 10 Oils: Aromatherapy Oils for the Childbearing Year.
Red Tent has always worked hard to make sure everyone has access to good preparation and support when becoming a birthkeeper and also a parent. As a Muslim she’s seen that this is frequently inaccessible. Particularly providing a safe space for those who have failed to find one before. She works alongside national heroine Mars Lord to facilitate dialogue around race and medical disparities internationally. Her favourite workshop they co-facilitate is Cultural Safety for the Perinatal Period.
Nicola is a very direct and honest jewel of information who never ceases to inspire others to be the change they wish to see in the world.

Contact Details

07743639508

Area Covered

edinburgh and london - postpartum only

Oorooj Qadri

Their Services

Bio

I am Oorooj Qadri, a mother of an aspiring gymnast living in West London. I had a dream where I could help mothers have an amazing birth experience like I did. I was fortunate to have support and love when my son was born. Living in London, it is easy for women who are expecting or new mums to be side lined. People saying ‘just get on with it like I did!’ is a negative connotation to someone that has to learn to be a mother from scratch, not knowing what to expect.
I see pregnancy, birth, and the growth of a family as one of the most beautiful things about humanity.
After going through my first pregnancy, I felt this amazing empowerment and connection with my body, my partner and my child. The experience was intense and overwhelming, but also very very awesome, and I was grateful to have my own Doula type of person there to nurture and keep me balanced throughout the process. I felt then that it was my calling to become one myself.

Contact Details

07794994653

Area Covered

Hayes, Hillingdon, Acton, Brentford, Hounslow, Richmond, Park Royal, Wembley, Brent Cross area, Harrow.

Charmaine Heket Nedjet

Their Services

Bio

I have 13 years Doula experience as well as a pregnancy yoga teacher. I am passionate about supporting women and couples though this powerful and empowering journey to parenthood as well and guiding you through how the system works. I am a mother two and honoured to do this work.

Contact Details

07950288087

Area Covered

All of London and surrounding areas

Avni Trivedi

Bio

After completing a MSc in Paediatric Osteopathy, I became fascinated in the role of doulas to support women through birth. I offer a woman-centred approach and trust that you are the expert of you. I’m a naturally calm presence and I support with information and research as well as body-based tools so you can be informed and listen to your gut. At births, I hold space, use touch and movement-based tools and support you in the ways that you need.

Contact Details

Email in the first instance

Area Covered

Mainly North and Central London but I have covered a wider range too

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