Doulas exist in that magical middle ground between close friend and midwife. Doulas do not offer clinical skills and are not medically trained, but they give continuous support through pregnancy, birth and the early postnatal period. They provide emotional and practical support for the whole family, acting as a reassuring, non-judgement presence when women need it most.

Working in both women’s own homes and hospitals throughout the UK, Doulas have played a positive, beneficial role for thousands of families.

Here’s a list of birth and postnatal doulas in Essex:

Alison Edwards
Birth & Postnatal Doula (Recognised by Doula UK) & member of Essex Doulas
Alison is based in Colchester and serves Essex, Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Cambridge, and all London areas. She can teach hypnobirthing techniques and provide a range of birth pools to suit your needs, as well as a TENS machine and birth stool. As a postnatal doula, Alison is available for overnight postnatal support.
07983 427871
ali@dinkydoula.com
www.dinkydoula.com

Ami Jae Silver
Birth & Postnatal Doula (Involved in Doula UK’s Recognition Process Doula UK) & member of Essex Doulas
Ami is based in Rochford and serves Essex and the surrounding area in London and Kent. She is also a baby carrying sling consultant, running the Southend sling library.
07982 145152
ami@birthkeeperdoula.co.uk
www.birthkeeperdoula.co.uk

Anne Drummond
Birth Doula & Postnatal Doula (Recognised birth doula and mentored postnatal doula by Doula UK) & member of Essex Doulas
Kate is based in Wickford and will consider all surrounding areas. She offers the use of a full homeopathic set for pregnancy and birth.
07946 506767
drummo13@sky.com
www.doulasinessex.co.uk

Ashley Scott-Fisher
Birth & Postnatal Doula (Recognised by Doula UK)
Ashley is based in London and covers London and Essex. She also experienced with The Wise Hippo Hypnobirthing Courses and baby feeding support.
07956 964723
simplynaturalbirthservices@hotmail.com
www.simplynaturalbirthservices.co.uk

Caron Smith
Birth & Postnatal Doula (Recognised by Doula UK) & member of Essex Doulas
Caron is based in Theydon Bois and serves Greater London, East London and Essex. Caron previously worked at St Thomas’ Hospital, London, as a midwife. Whilst she no longer provides any clinical care, she is able to utilise her extensive experience and absolute passion.
07985 793650
caronsmith@me.com
www.blissfulbeginnings.co.uk

Cathy Brooks – Holistic Health – Doula Service
Birth Doula
Experienced, friendly local therapist and Doula. She first trained as a Homoeopath and has been in practice for over 20 years, adding the gentle hands-on CranioSacral Therapy to her skills in 2003. Charges vary depending on the type of birth being planned, distances involved and whether complementary therapies are part of the Birth Plan.
01206 843153
info@cathybrooks.co.uk
www.cathybrooks.co.uk/doula-service

Charlotte Boxall
Birth & Postnatal Doula (Involved in Doula UK’s Recognition Process Doula UK) & member of Essex Doulas
Rachel is based in Epping and serves Essex, Hertfordshire, and East London. She also offers Overnight Post Natal Support and Closing The Bones Massage.
07548917198
clboxall20@sky.com
www.doulasinessex.co.uk

Jennymay Logan
Birth & Postnatal Doula (Involved in Doula UK’s Recognition Process Doula UK)
Rachel is based near Walthamstow, but also cover a radius including Leyton/Leytonstone, Tottenham, Edmonton, Woodford, Loughton, Buckhurst Hill, Epping, Hackney, Finsbury Park, parts of Essex and other surrounding areas – please contact her to know more precisely if she can cover your area. She has attended Doula UK workshops on various topics such as perinatal mental health, tongue tie, and transforming birth culture.
07989 755301
jennymaylogan@gmail.com
doula.org.uk/doula/jennymay-logan

Kate Palmer
Birth Doula (Recognised by Doula UK) & member of Essex Doulas
Kate is based in Manningtree and serves Hertfordshire, Suffolk and most of London. She also offers kinesiology, homeopathy, massage, reiki, and flower remedies.
07951 332587
kate@bodyability.co.uk
www.bodyability.co.uk

Lynsey McCarthy-Calvert
Birth & Postnatal Doula (Recognised birth doula and mentored postnatal doula by Doula UK) & member of Essex Doulas
Lynsey is based in Benfleet, Essex with excellent links to Southend, Basildon and Broomfield Hospitals, but also available to work throughout Essex and East London. She is also a qualified, practising therapeutic person-centred counsellor and is an experienced breastfeeding peer supporter.
07854 822979
lynsey@motheringmatters.co.uk
www.motheringmatters.co.uk

Rachel Spence
Birth & Postnatal Doula (Involved in Doula UK’s Recognition Process Doula UK) & member of Essex Doulas
Rachel is based in Chelmsford and is happy to travel up to an hours drive to home births, birthing centres and hospitals. She also offers birth preparation sessions, Wise Hippo Hypnobirthing classes and one to one sessions, Relax Breathe and Birth workshops, antenatal support groups and online support forums.
07964 341914
rachelsdoulaservices@googlemail.com
www.facebook.com/allthingsbirthessex

Sam Sheppard
Birth & Postnatal Doula (Recognised by Doula UK) & member of Essex Doulas
Sam is based in Chelmsford and serves Essex, Parts of Herts, East London, Cambs, and Suffolk. She also offers the Birth Trauma 3 Step Rewind Technique, Hypnobirthing and Infant Massage.
07985 793650
samshepp4@yahoo.com
www.doulasinessex.co.uk

Sharon Raymond
Birth & Postnatal Doula (Involved in Doula UK’s Recognition Process Doula UK) & member of Essex Doulas
Sharon is based in Hockley and also serves Rayleigh, Southend, Basildon, Chelmsford, Romford, London and surrounding areas. She is level 2 and level 3 counselling BACP approved.
07837677317
sharonellis11@hotmail.co.uk
www.doulasinessex.co.uk

Sophia Sourmeli
Birth & Postnatal Doula (Involved in Doula UK’s Recognition Process Doula UK) & member of Essex Doulas
Sophia is based in Wickford so is easily available to attend births in the Basildon/Southend area but is also happy to travel further out in Essex or towards London. She is an experienced breastfeeding peer supporter.
07734 440395
smesourmeli@hotmail.com
www.doulasinessex.co.uk/member/sophia-sourmeli

Steph Grainger
Birth & Postnatal Doula (Recognised by Doula UK) & member of Essex Doulas
Steph is based in Chelmsford and serves Chelmsford and surrounding areas. She has been a Doula since 2010 and is a qualified Hypnotherapist, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and NLP (Neuro-linguistic practitioner), specialising in Birth Trauma. Steph also founded The Nesting Place, in Chelmsford, that offers an array of services from hypnotherapy and reflexology to optimise fertility, to antenatal classes, pregnancy relaxation and all the way through to weaning workshops for your baby.
07930 993466
Steph@thenestingplace.co.uk
www.doulasinessex.co.uk

Sue Tinsley
Birth & Postnatal Doula (Recognised by Doula UK) & member of Essex Doulas
Alison is based in Epping and serves Essex and London areas. Sue attended Kicki Hansards Birth Bliss Aspiring Doula Foundation Course and helps to run a local Positive Birth Group.
07535 757640
Suetinsley577@btinternet.com
www.doulasinessex.co.uk

Tracey – Birthing Calmly Hypnobirthing & Doula Services
Birth & Postnatal Doula
Tracey offer serves the Herts and Essex areas. Practical and emotional support in the lead up to, during and following your birth. Specialist support available for Multiple Mums. Please contact Tracey by email for details of Doula packages.
tracey@birthingcalmly.co.uk
birthingcalmly.co.uk