New Meeting Venue Announced for 2019

January 27th, 2019

New for 2019! Our monthly meetings are now held at Harrison Park, Hall Road, Hull. HU69DQ. On the 3rd Sunday of each month.

For more information on our face to face meet ups >>>> Our Meetings


Local Mum Hayley’s Quest for a Physiological Twin Home Birth

March 31st, 2018

Newly added Birth Story!

“Born 10th March carried to 40+8
Tobias 8lb 3oz
Maximus 7lb 8oz

On Saturday 10th March 18 I woke up at 6.45 am having a few niggly pains. I asked hubby to take the girls downstairs so I could have time alone to see what came of them. I was 40+8 and hour later I knew this was definitely labour. Hubby took kids to grandmas and I phoned my independent midwife (who is over an hour away) . I know my body pretty well now and always go into urinary retention in labour which slows me down and distress me. I got in bath to relax then when got out put in my tens machine . Debs my midwife got here around 10.30 . She helped me get some urine out and checked I was 6cm. Pool was ready now and I got in . It was heaven. I love being in water. The rest of the amazing Yorkshire Storks midwives turned up . Then at 12.03 twin A Tobias was born at home weighing a healthy 8lbs 3oz It was a surreal and fantastic experience. We had some skin to skin in the pool , our first breastfeed and waited for cord to stop pulsing, I was still getting contractions for twin 2 and felt quite conflicted on what to concentrate on. So cord was cut and he went to daddy for skin to skin.”

To read the full story >>>> Hayley’s Birth Story


Maternity Voices Partnership is coming to Hull!

January 27th, 2018

Something exciting is happening next week! Hull is getting it’s very own Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP).

Are you pregnant? Have you had a baby in the last two years. Then, we'd like to get your views.We're holding a…

Posted by Hull Women and Children's Hospital on Thursday, 25 January 2018

So what does this mean?

What is a Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP)?

NCT (1) define it as a multi-disciplinary group, of ‘parents working in partnership with midwives, doctors, other health professionals and charity reps [to] directly help improve future care to women, partners and babies using hospitals, birth centres and community services. MVPs will also be chaired by a ‘service user representative’.

Is it a new?

No not exactly. National Maternity Voices (2) explain further that ‘Maternity Voices Partnerships (MVPs) are an innovative development based on an updating of Maternity Services Liaison Committees (MSLCs)’. Multi disciplinary maternity services meetings have been taking place for a long time, but although attendees may have come from both public sector and voluntary organisations, service users weren’t always regularly involved.

So why now?

Following the release of the National Maternity Review  ‘Better Births: Improving outcomes of maternity services in England’ (3) in February 2016, a resource pack (4) was made available to help maternity services implement the recommendations made. ‘Effective service user co-production’ was suggested, recommending the ‘establishment of independent formal multidisciplinary committees, … [called] “Maternity Voices Partnerships” (formerly MSLCs), to influence and share in local decision-making’.

What are the Better Births (3) Recommendations?

7 recommendations were made:

1. Personalised care, centred on the woman, her baby and her family, based around their needs and their decisions, where they have
genuine choice, informed by unbiased information.

2. Continuity of carer, to ensure safe care based on a relationship of mutual trust and respect in line with the woman’s decisions.

3. Safer care, with professionals working together across boundaries to ensure rapid referral, and access to the right care in the right place; leadership for a safety culture within and across organisations; and investigation, honesty and learning when things go wrong.

4. Better postnatal and perinatal mental health care, to address the historic underfunding and provision in these two vital areas, which can have a significant impact on the life chances and wellbeing of the woman, baby and family.

5. Multi-professional working, breaking down barriers between midwives, obstetricians and other professionals to deliver safe and personalised care for women and their babies.

6. Working across boundaries to provide and commission maternity services to support personalisation, safety and choice, with access to specialist care whenever needed.

7. A payment system that fairly and adequately compensates providers for delivering high quality care to all women efficiently, while supporting commissioners to commission for personalisation, safety and choice.

How can I get involved?

If you are pregnant or have had a baby in the last 2 years and would like to help shape the future of Maternity Care Services, or feel very passionate about improving Maternity Care, just telephone the number on the advert above to confirm your place at the event at Rock Up on Tuesday 30th January 2018. If you are unable to make it, keep a look out for further information on how you can get involved!







What can a Home Birth look like?

December 28th, 2017

Thanks to Becki for sharing her post

Finally had my home birth today… 7 days late. My third baby – he was facing forward so it was by far my toughest…

Posted by Becki Potter on Sunday, 17 September 2017


“You can choose where to give birth, even a stable. Home birth is your choice. It is the default. You have to decide to leave your home.”

December 28th, 2017

This is such a good summary and post by The Positive Birth Movement, festive too!

December 22ndYou can choose where to give birth, even a stable. Home birth is your choice. It is the default. You have…

Posted by The Positive Birth Movement on Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Save Hull’s Doula and Breastfeeding Peer Support Service

November 29th, 2017


Monday 18th December 2017

Exciting news from the campaign team!

We did it!! We have secured further funding for the doula and breastfeeding peer support service from Hull City Council…

Posted by Save Hull’s Doula and Breastfeeding Peer Support Service on Monday, 18 December 2017

Friday 15th December 2017

We have an update from Emma Hardy MP. Step one is for our councillors and MPs to be discussing and understanding our…

Posted by Save Hull’s Doula and Breastfeeding Peer Support Service on Friday, 15 December 2017

Tuesday 12th December 2017

Representatives from Save Hull’s Doula and Breastfeeding Peer Support Service’s Campaign Team went to the Guildhall today to officially hand in the report and petition.


Posted by Save Hull’s Doula and Breastfeeding Peer Support Service on Tuesday, 12 December 2017


Wednesday 5th December 2017

Today is #nationalvolunteerday did you know that the volunteers at the Doula and BFPS service have dedicated over 38,000 hours in the 12 years the service has been running.

Save Hull’s Doula and Breastfeeding Peer Support Service are looking for testimonials from both volunteers and women who have accessed the service. If you would like to contribute please private message the page direct!

Saturday 2nd December 2017

Have you accessed support from Goodwin’s Doula and Breastfeeding Peer Support Service? It would be a great help to the campaign if those who live withing HU1-HU9 postcodes could please complete this survey:

Can you help by writing to your local MP?

Find out who they are here.

Please see the Save Hull’s Doula and Breastfeeding Peer Support Service Facebook page for a template letter.

Thursday 30th November 2017

Save Hull’s Doula and Breastfeeding Peer Support Service Facebook page has been created by passionate Goodwin volunteers.

The petition created last night now has 2073 signatures!

Volunteers from the Goodwin’s Doula and Breastfeeding Peer Support Service and Hull & East Yorkshire Home Birth Group featured this morning on Radio Humberside’s Burnsy show.

Wednesday 29th November 2017

**An important update on the Goodwin Breastfeeding and Doula Support Project in Hull**

The current contract is due to end in August 2018. This happens every few years and it is not unusual for Goodwin to re-tender for their contract. Historically they have always been successful but this year the council have been told to save a lot of money and are looking at services to cut. This project is one of those that have been proposed to end, however, this is only a proposal at this moment in time. Goodwin are ready to fight their corner to prove why their service is needed and the potential impact that this proposal could cause.

If you would like to support the project there will be a public council meeting in December for members of the public to attend to discuss these proposals further. The final decision should be made in January from the council as to which services will be cut.

If you feel you want to write to your local MP to say why you feel doula and BFPS support is important, please do.

Sign the petition

About the project:


“Hull City Council are proposing to cut all funding to the Goodwin doula and breastfeeding peer support service in Hull as part of the public health budget cuts. The project relies on council funding to coordinate the hundreds of volunteers who give up their time to help women across the city.

The doula and breastfeeding peer support project was designed to improve the health and skills of pregnant women and to address the historically low levels of breastfeeding in Hull. Support is targeted to the most vulnerable women in Hull and referrals are received from a range of professionals.

Without this project most of the women it serves will end up requiring more expensive health and social care interventions thus creating extra and additional costs that far outweigh any short term savings.

The project also benefits its volunteers who have achieved 38,000 volunteering hours in its 12 years of running and 15% of those volunteers have been supported to move into permanent careers in midwifery, nursing or social care, including graduate study.

“Volunteering has made me feel like im making a massive difference to peoples lives! I run the helpline and i have such a happy feeling when a mum tells me how helpful i am and i literally cannot get over how much more confident i feel in myself! I never sought any support through the service myself but having been on a journey of premature babies and expressing and different feeding methods i joined to give out education i learnt so mums wouldnt feel alone!” – Claire Smith breastfeeding peer supporter.

“I first had experience back almost 10years ago now with the doula project when I had a doula support me through my pregnancy, birth and antenatally with my eldest son and being a teenage mum my doula was like an angel for me!! She helped and gave me the emotional support that I needed and helped me through the first experiences I went through as a first time mum….which leads me into becoming a doula myself! I always wanted to give back what I got and to be able to help vulnerable mum’s the way I was helped and give them the support I recieved and to just make these precious moments the best they can be in any situation and make sure that these mum’s don’t feel alone, I loved the training meeting so many new friends and I am now loving being out supporting mums and it really is the best feeling in the world.” – Gemma Adamson Doula.”

Sign the petition