Neighbourhood Doulas was founded by two North Kensington mothers: Karolina Hardy and Carolyn Ouladzahra.
Karolina Hardy and Carolyn Ouladzahra met as new mothers at their local Children’s Centre in 2010. Their special friendship and compassion for other mothers/parents led them to train as breastfeeding peer supporters.
Their working journey began at Queen Charlottes Hospital and St Marys were they supported new mothers with breastfeeding and baby care.
They both qualified as baby massage instructors with IAIM and qualified as doulas with Red Tent Doulas and Doula UK.
Neighbourhood Doulas was set up in 2017.
What we do
Neighbourhood Doulas (ND) is a free, fully funded service providing continuity support through pregnancy, birth preparation, labour and the postpartum period. We work across London.
We provide trauma-informed support to those that have no birth partner, who could not afford to pay for a private doula service, and with one or more of the following factors: perinatal mental health, from a racially marginalised community or speaks English as a second language.
Many of our service users experience trauma and multiple disadvantages that include:
. domestic violence
. previous birth trauma
. refugees/asylum seekers
. teenage pregnancies
. substance misuse
. isolation and anxiety
. perinatal mental ill health
. history of mental health
Our aims are to close the gaps in disparities for our marginalised service users, improve perinatal health and wellbeing within 1001 days of new born life.
Provide support and advocacy for an informed, dignified pregnancy, birth and postnatal period.
Encourage confident parenting and attachment and build positive change for future generations.