Your Abuela Doula Directory

Your Doula Directory

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:

Arlene Dunkley-Wood (she/her)

Bio

Arlene is a birth doula and activist for the empowerment of birth justice for women and in particular women of colour.  She has been a birth worker for almost 3 decades and has guided and supported women not only as doula, but in their preparation for birth through, yoga and antenatal workshops that she offers to couples.  She believes that knowledge is power, but also that the body holds the wisdom and that given the right support and trust that the woman will be able to tap into that internal wisdom to birth powerfully.  She creates the safe space needed.  Arlene is a advocate of breastfeeding and she will help you get off to a good start with breastfeeding. She has currently participated in many zoom discussions through this covid19 pandemic with her local MVP and East London Maternity Services.  Arlene also teaches Yoga Workshops for Retreats and runs regular Yoga Nidra sessions.

Contact Details

07976903003

Area Covered

Most of Central & North East London and Queens Romford and Barking and Newham, also Lewisham and some of South East London.

Tricia King (she/her)

Bio

I offer birth and postnatal doula support in and around Hertfordshire, including in London. I’ve been a breastfeeding counsellor since 2013 and breastfeeding support is interwoven throughout my postnatal visits. I’m also a baby massage instructor, babywearing peer supporter and holistic sleep coach, and can offer these skills to my clients as well. I especially love to cook for clients and am happy to suggest dishes or use your recipes to create your favourite foods. When I’m not at work, you will probably find me at home, with my husband, three sons, and three dogs!

Contact Details

07742082575

Area Covered

Herts, Beds, Bucks and North London and virtual support.

Tekie Quaye

Their Services

Bio

I’m a mum of one, originally from Melbourne but living in London these last six years. Becoming a mother, moving through the journey of pregnancy and birth changed and redirected my life. It has pushed me to become a birth keeper and to focus on advocacy within the birthing landscape. Working to equip birthing people with the knowledge they need to situate them in an optimum space for an empowering birth experience. Together we can navigate concerns, options and rights that may influence your birth. Placing knowledge of your body, hand in hand, with a robust understanding of your birthing landscape. I have always been passionate about rights, advocacy and empowerment and am excited to channel this energy into supporting birthing persons!

Contact Details

07930753768

Area Covered

South East London, South West London and Borough of Bromley and surrounds

Sara Bakr (she/her, they/them)

Their Services

Bio

Hey you! My name is Sara Bakr and I am a full spectrum birth worker (Doula).
I support families in London during pregnancy, birth and postpartum to help them feel empowered and heard during this wonderful transition into parenthood. I felt a calling to do this work so here I am!

Contact Details

Please email in the first instance

Area Covered

North, East and parts of South East London (max 90 min travel from N18)

Dr Leila Kamala (she/her)

Bio

I am a mum of two boys, a yoga teacher and a scholar of literature (focusing on African American and Black British literature). I am also a birth doula. I approach preparation for birth and the birth process itself through a range of tools which help you to feel strong, empowered, and supported. I am a firm believer in the power of the breath and the body, and that however natural or medicalised your birth experience is, staying in touch with your own innate power will be of great assistance in embracing the experience. I am also always learning in community, and all of my work nourishes me as I work in partnership with others.

Contact Details

Please email in the first instance

Area Covered

south-east London and surrounding areas

Jo Dunn (she/her)

Their Services

Bio

Jo Dunn is a birth and post natal Doula of almost a decade, with some 25 years worth of experience working with families to draw from. Her biggest inspiration is being present as Woman realise their own power to birth their babies on their terms. Jo is fully committed to bringing forth pregnancy, birth and parent education that creates awareness so that parents can make fully informed decisions. Listening to hundreds of families from all corners of the earth over the years has caused her to know that often women are not fully informed by their care providers and that hospital protocols are not rules. From this perspective she has found herself determined that anyone she supports has all of the information that enables them to cultivate a positive birth and post partum experience. It’s her deep knowing that birth should be undisturbed, the birth space protected and the birth rights of all pregnant people held to the highest standards.
Jo is a pet parent, aunty, kitchen wizard, keen traveller and Liverpool fc fan.

Contact Details

07845 659557

Area Covered

NW10, NW3, NW1, NW6, W10, SW11, E8

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, informational and physical support during pregnancy, birthing and beyond. From yoga & relaxation to hypnobirthing, 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

In-person support: North London some of East LondonVirtual support: Anywhere in the world

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.

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