Here at Birthworkers of Colour, we recognise the diverse experiences of our birthkeeping community. We welcome contributions to our site. All opinions are the author’s.

Ruth Dennison
Ruth is a birth and postnatal doula with additional expertise within breastfeeding and baby infant massage. She is passionate about expectant mums and their loved ones receiving the support and reassurance they need to help achieve a better pregnancy, birth and postnatal experience.

She believes it is very important that women make informed choices using evidence base information, the more you know, the more likely you will feel/be in control and experience a positive, pregnancy, birth and start to parenting your baby. She has great experience and confidence working with women and their babies, singletons, twins and triplets, pre-birth and post-birth. 

Nicola Goodall
for over twenty years nicola has supported families around birth, deeper enmeshed by her own childbirth experiences. In 2002 she took the paramana doula course with michel odent and lilianna lammers. in 2013 nicola joined the team of loving the mother facilitators alongside robin lim (cnn hero 2011) and giuditta tornetta and has so far joined them in greece, spain, finland and bali. 2014 saw the launch of red tent doulas, a radical new preparation programme for women who support new families around birth – preparing themselves for the work by self-development & also education. red tent now travelling around the world and has women from indonesia, australia, spain, italy, greece as well as the UK. she always wanted to grow up and work with women – she’s achieved at least one of her goals.

Lorna Gumbs
Lorna is a postnatal doula and breastfeeding peer supporter based in Manchester. She loves to support new mums during their transition into motherhood and she understand the importance of a listening ear and an extra pair of hands in those first few weeks after a baby is born. Lorna trained with Nurturing Birth but is very proud to be one of the first Abuela doulas and is looking forward to continuing her doula education with Red Tent Doulas later in 2017.

Mars Lord
Mars has been a birth keeper for over a decade. After attending the Paramana Doula course with Michel Odent and Lilliana Lammers, a spark was lit within her and the passion that she discovered for birth and supporting women has fired her soul ever since.

As a founding member of Birth In The City alongside Maisie Hill and Nicola Mahdiyyah Goodall, she delights in working with other doulas and sharing our collective stories and skills. Mars has a deep belief in doulas for all women and is driven by the momentum to be with women and deeply motivated to see more women of colour within the birth world.

As part of her vision to promote more diversity within the birth world, she strives to empower all women. Empowerment to her means a birth debrief, holding space for labouring women and/or putting pen to paper.

Lorna Philip
Mum to two children Lorna has a down to earth approach to childbirth and child rearing. She has 20 years experience of supporting children and their families, including 9 years experience in Children’s Centres – coordinating antenatal and postnatal health services, visiting mums and newborns in their homes, running parent and baby groups, teaching infant massage etc.

Natasha Smith
Natasha is married to a loving husband & a mother to three gorgeous baby boys. She has studied Nutritional therapy as well as other complementary therapies and was baptised into the field of natural health and wellness for mothers and babies. She owns a business offering support to families and helping people achieve their health, beauty and wellness goals. One of her passions is to support women of ethnic minority groups with birth preparation, transition, ‘post-partum and beyond’. She has a particular interest in historical literature and early Protestant spirituality amongst black believers. You can see more about her and my services at or follow her on Facebook at Eden’s script.