Articles, downloads and resources for your Developing Doulas journey

Illustration by DD Hayley Shing

Sprogcast logoAudio listens on the subject of birth, babies or doulas:

Maddie talks about writing her new book, Why Mothering Mothers on the February edition of Sprogcast. Have a listen!

Maddie is interviewed By Alison Barker, Nutritional Therapist, on this podcast.

The Doula Dispensary - weekly podcast about doulaing by our friends Kicki and Siobhan over at Birthbliss Academy


Articles about doulas in various publications by Maddie

Matexp (Maternity Experience campaign)

A rapid response in the British Medical Journal

Interviewed in the Irish Times


Our personal doula sites

Maddie’s doula website

Zara’s doula website

Zoe’s doula website

Katie's doula website


Parents Talk About Having a Doula

Ruth Pay doula interviews some parents

In the Huff Post

In Parents magazine


Useful Websites and Organisations


Breastfeeding Support

Sources of good evidence-based information: (videos and articles)


How does milk production work?


Birth and breastfeeding


Good video clips of breastfeeding – latching and attaching!


The Golden Hour

(this is especially relevant if your baby under 2.5kg, c-section or separated from you).


Getting off to a good start


How do I position my baby to breastfeed?


Laid back breastfeeding


Hand expression (this is an excellent clear video on hand expression)




An overview – is it going well?

Doula Ongoing Learning


Doulavation - extension, deepening and widening of your doula knowledge, with a slant towards creating a sustainable birth business. It is an online course with no deadlines. Discounted rate for DDs.

Rebecca Schiller, doula, writer and founder of Birthrights provides writing courses for birthworkers 

Maddie doing the oil and water breastfeeding demo

Maddie using an old bottle top to show how a baby latches on

Placenta Encapsulation Training - discounts for DDs

Lotions and Potions

End Of Life Doula UK

Babywearing Consultant Training

Breastfeeding Counsellor Training

Gathering in the Knowledge - research and evidence around birth with Sara Wickham

Biomechanics for Birth with midwife Molly O'Brien

3 Step Rewind for traumatic birth
 with Mia Scotland
with DD Ellie Cook

Simple recipes for postnatal doulas from Sandrine Olmi, Registered Nutritional Therapist


Other organisations we love!

Maddie's Miracle mobile breastfeeding support bus!

Scottish Doula Network


Doula Blogs

Maddie’s Blog The Birth Hub where she blogs about birth and parenting topics


Evidence for Doulas


Doula Books


Why Doulas Matter

A Doula's Journey, By Hazel Tree

Supporting Survivors of Sexual Abuse, by Kicki Hansard

The Doula Book, by Klaus and Kennell

Nurturing the Family, by J Kelleher

Nurturing New Families, by Naomi Kemeny

Cultivating the Doula Heart, by F L Arnoldy

Doulas, The : Radical Care for Pregnant People, by Mary Mahoney

The Birth Partner, by Penny Simkin

Birth, Breath, and Death: Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and Life as a Doula, by Amy Wright Glenn

Give Birth Like a Feminist, by Milli Hill

The Secrets of Birth, by Kicki Hansard

Why Homebirth Matters, by Natalie Meddings

The Fathers Homebirth Handbook, by Leah Hazard

Nurturing Beginnings: Guide to Postpartum Care for Doulas and Community Outreach Workers, by Debra Pascali Bonaro

The Doula, by Bridget Boland


Doula entertainment!

Kati Edwards, doula and spoken word poet

Hollie McNish spoken word poet who has written a lot about her motherhood journey.




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