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 and people who birth feel in control of their options surrounding birth and are able to communicate this. It is a privilege to walk alongside families on their journeys.

Mentoring

I trained to become a mentor with the NCT in 2018, and have since become a mentor for Doula UK. I currently mentor birth workers on an individual or group basis.

Red Tent Doula training

I am a trainer with Red Tent Doulas facilitating workshops in the North of England and online. For further information please see the Red Tent Doulas Website https://redtentdoulas.co.uk

Workshops

In 2018 I started running Maternal Journal Yorkshire workshops; a space 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 2020 I launched ‘creating circles’; a course written for those wanting to hold their own groups to promote health and wellbeing in their communities. The course combines online interactive zoom sessions and a self led study pack to provide participants with the skills and confidence needed to hold their own circles. In the current climate these safe spaces are needed more than ever.

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.