Me drinking tea during the Haworth Hobble in 2019
Me drinking tea during the Haworth Hobble in 2019

I am Sally and I live in Yorkshire with my family. After having my first baby ten years ago I trained as an NCT teacher. It was never my intention to change career, at this time I was a Probation Officer and having a baby wasn’t going to change me. I signed up for NCT training as I was curious about my own experience of childbirth and wanted to know more. Five years and another baby later and I left a life of crime and immersed myself in the birth world. Since this time, I have supported thousands of parents as they prepare for birth and parenting. In 2015 I trained as a doula and now have experience in supporting a wide range of births including home water births, induction, hospital births, planned and emergency caesarean, loss and supporting siblings in the birth environment.

It matters to me that women feel in control of their options surrounding birth and are able to communicate this. I have never come away from a birth and not thought that women are incredibly powerful. It is a privilege to walk alongside families on their journeys.

I am also a Mentor (for Doula UK and NCT) and trainer with Red Tent Doulas facilitating workshops in the North of England. For further information please see the Red Tent Doulas Website https://redtentdoulas.co.uk

In 2018 I started running Maternal Journal Yorkshire workshops; a space for women to create, connect, journal and drink tea. In a busy world where much of our connections and conversations are online, these face to face sessions are simply magic. I also hold monthly a Death Cafe ‘Death Becomes Her’, which is a discussion group around death, dying, grief and loss.

In my spare time I enjoy long distance running and orienteering. I am neither fast at running nor particularly good at map reading but what I lack in speed and ability I make up for in enthusiasm. I love having camper van adventures and spending time in the hills and lakes.