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The Doula UK Podcast

The Doula UK Podcast

By Leila Baker
Doula UK's Head of Membership talks with other members and birthworkers about interesting and relevant topics.
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Episode 9: Dani - Hypnobirthing

The Doula UK Podcast

Episode 9: Dani - Hypnobirthing

The Doula UK Podcast

Episode 23: Nickita - When Push Comes to Shove
Nickita Stark joins me to talk about her campaign to raise funds for Independent Midwives and how expectant and new parents can make their voices and choices heard and respected
April 14, 2021
Episode 22: Morgane - New York Doula
Morgane Richardson joins me for a conversation about doulaing in a pandemic, the differences and similarities of birth culture in the US and how we can better support people who are black, brown, LGBTQ+ or otherwise marginalised
February 02, 2021
Episode 21: Sallyann - Labour of Love
Doula UK member Sallyann Beresford talks to me about her new book Labour of Love - The Ultimate Guide to Being a Birth Partner and how it can help anyone who wishes to provide person-centred support to someone who is having a baby
January 19, 2021
Episode 20: Sandra - Supporting the Black maternal experience
Event link - Saturday 16th January - Sandra Igwe - founder of The Motherhood Group - speaks to me about the organisation, why the lived experience of Black mothers matters and how we can make changes to provide better support to those whose lives are most at risk in the perinatal period
January 12, 2021
Episode 19: Sophie - Why Postnatal Recovery Matters
Doula UK Member Sophie Messager joins me to talk about what we can do to support families in the weeks after birth and why she has written her new book Why Postnatal Recovery Matters, part of the Pinter & Martin Why it Matters series
July 30, 2020
Episode 18: Anna - A surrogacy journey
Doula UK member Anna Richardson joins me to share the story of her surrogate pregnancy, the challenges that can come with this experience and how we can provide better support to families in a similar situation.
June 22, 2020
Episode 17: Darcy - Marketing your Doula Business
Darcy Sauers joins me for a conversation about how doulas can engage more with their future clients, how to spread the word about the work that we do and how to get better at marketing our birth and baby businesses
June 15, 2020
Episode 16: Sammy - Trusting in your birth partners
Sammy Loos joins me in a transatlantic conversation about things to think about when choosing additional birth partners and how trust can promote a more positive birth experience You can find out more about the podcast and book that were mentioned using these links:
May 29, 2020
Episode 15: Becki - Understanding Breastfeeding Grief and Trauma
Trigger Warning - contains discussion that some listeners may find sensitive Becki Scott joins me to talk about how a difficult breastfeeding journey can leave feelings of trauma and grief You can also listen to more from Becki on her joint podcast with Samantha Gadsden Https://
May 11, 2020
Episode 14: Rosey - Postnatal Depression
Trigger Warning - contains discussion that may be sensitive to some listeners Rosey, founder of the website PNDandme talks with me about postnatal depression signs, support and recovery
May 10, 2020
Episode 13: Zelle - Supporting families with Birth Trauma and PTSD
*Trigger warning* - contains in depth discussion on birth trauma and mention of baby loss which some listeners may find distressing
May 06, 2020
Episode 12: Alison - Neonatal Admission & Baby Loss
*Trigger warning* Alison Edwards talks with me about our experience of having premature babies in Special/Neonatal Intensive Care (SCBU/NICU) and subsequent loss of my daughter Rosie.
April 16, 2020
Episode 11: Victoria - Antenatal Diagnoses & Baby Loss
*Trigger warning* Victoria Greenly talks to me about her daughter Skye who was diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome in pregnancy and her subsequent loss. For more information on antenatal tests during pregnancy please visit
March 06, 2020
Episode 10: Michele - Shared care
Michele Misgalla talks with me about how we work in a shared care partnership and how it might work for you and your clients
February 21, 2020
Episode 9: Dani - Hypnobirthing
Doula UK Member Dani Diosi joins me to talk about Hypnobirthing and how it can help prepare families for birth and beyond
November 21, 2019
Episode 8: Trudi - Yoga
Trudi Dawson talks about the yoga she teaches during pregnancy and in the postnatal period
November 14, 2019
Episode 7: Mari and Yuval - Supporting Trans Families
Doula Dr Mari Greenfield's birth client Yuval talks to me about his experiences giving birth in Israel and the UK If you would like to connect with Yuval, please contact and we will share your details with him
November 07, 2019
Episode 6: Sarah - Postnatal Planning
Sarah Tessier talks about her postnatal doula work and why a postnatal plan can be as important as a birth plan
October 31, 2019
Episode 5: Maddie - Mentoring in Doula UK
Maddie and I chat about what it is like to be a mentor, why we have a mentoring and recognition process and why it's great to pay your mentoring forward
October 24, 2019
Episode 4: Rhia - MBRRACE report
Rhia and I talk about the 2018 MBRRACE statistics and how as doulas we can help to support the people most affected by maternal death
October 17, 2019
Episode 3: Hayley - Doulaing for a doula
Hayley and I discuss supporting each other’s births and how that might differ from supporting another client
October 10, 2019
Episode 2: Bev - MVPs
Bev and I talk (in the comfort of a living room!) about the important part Maternity Voices Partnerships have to improving maternity care in your local hospital.
October 03, 2019
Episode 1: Katrina - Combining Doulaing with a full time job
This was our first podcast recording - we learnt from this the importance of where to do the recordings i.e. not in the pub! But thanks to The Euston Flyer for always being such a great place for the Leadership Team to have their meetings!
September 26, 2019
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Would you like to chat with Leila about a subject close to your heart or your work? Send an email to and let me know what topic you would like to talk about. I look forward to hearing from you!
September 26, 2019