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


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

The Home Birth Checklist

October 2nd, 2017

Hot Water and Towels

In old movies you would always hear someone shout ‘get hot water and towels’ when a woman was in labour, it has been debated as to what the hot water and towels were actually for! Perhaps to occupy the least useful person and get them out of the way, or maybe towels to mop up and hot (boiling) water to sterilise things. Interestingly things really haven’t changed that much and in a recent poll asking local home birthing woman what items they would recommend for a home birth, both old towels and a birthing pool made it to the top of the list! (See below for the full list).

Lets go back to the beginning though, you might be wondering what do you actually need to give birth at home and how much mess will there be? Contrary to popular belief home births are not actually that messy. The midwives take away the majority of waste with them and some mums have even said that the odd stain on a sheet or towel has washed out. The first thing to consider is what sort of birth would you like? Where do you envisage giving birth? This might seem like a strange concept to someone who has already experienced a hospital birth but really, one of the biggest positives of giving birth in your home is that you get to set the rules!

Birthing on Dry Land

This might involve giving birth; over a birthing ball, on all fours, on a birthing stool, leaning on your birth partner, sat in your birth partner’s lap, knelt on a bed, on all fours on a bed, leaning over a bed…. and the list goes on, really anything goes. A good way to prepare for this is to have some old sheets on the floor, furniture and bed, don’t forget you might change your mind part way through giving birth so it’s a good idea to be prepared. On our sofa I laid plastic decorating sheets and then over that an old bed sheet that I didn’t mind chucking at the end. I ended up delivering the placenta here and this set up was perfect, the only clear up here was to bundle everything into a waste bag that the midwives took away with them. On our bed I followed advice to make it up as usual, then lay inco pads or put on a plastic sheet on and on top of that old bedding/sheets. This means that following the birth the old sheets and inco padding can be stripped away and disposed of and your bed is already made underneath.

Water Birth

If you would like to have a water birth it’s a good idea to plan well in advance where you will get your pool from. Some people like to buy a brand new pool, others look for second hand ones on selling sites or alternatively you can hire one. The hired ones book up fast so don’t leave it too late! Even if you buy a new one you will need to buy a new liner for it and possibly a new filling hose. Some people say that with a new pool a liner isn’t necessary but believe me, the clean up is so much easier if you can throw away the debris with the liner! This also makes it easier to sell the pool on! If hiring a pool it might be worth looking at a package, for a small amount extra I was able to hire a pool cover, birthing ball, birthing stool and a TENS machine from the same place.

When setting up the pool, it’s best to have tarpaulin underneath, I bought a few inexpensive sheets from our local Boyes and it was perfect for the job! I have heard that some people use shower curtains, but just be careful as I know some aren’t fully water resistant. On top of the tarpaulin I had a yoga mat so the floor wasn’t slippy for me or the midwives!

Before the birth it’s recommended to do a full pool run through, this ensures that your tap connecters work, there are no punctures and you can also get an idea of how long it takes to inflate and fill a pool! Don’t leave it too late to do this, our run through was exactly 5 hours before my waters broke!

Filling your Pool

We had a horrendous time with the universal tap connectors as they just weren’t universal enough for our taps!! Our taps were old so none would unscrew and I was beginning to envisage my partner traipsing back and forth with buckets. After a bit of YouTubing I found an American man who had connected a hose pipe to his shower head, so the next day heavily pregnant me was stood in a plumbing shop trying to explain why I wanted to connect a garden hose to my shower! Connecting the hose to the shower worked a treat but just be mindful that your shower may have a thermostat on it, this meant that we needed to top up the pool with water from the kettle to get it to temperature. Just a word of warning, I have seen on home birth pages people suggesting using the pump that comes with your rented pool to siphon water from the bath or a sink into your pool. It’s likely that the pump has already been used to empty the waste water following a birth and because the inside of a pump cannot be sterilised, this method is not recommended.

What else is needed?

Think about what birth environment you would like, someone famously once said that the perfect environment for a baby to be born is similar to the one it was conceived in. Think low lighting, candles, soft music, home comforts, snacks, aromatherapy oils etc, as said before, this is your home and your birth so pretty much anything goes! Also, don’t forget to stock up on tea bags, drinks and snacks for the midwives!

What do the midwives bring?

Historically midwives would bring a birthing bag or box to your house in the weeks leading up to your birth but this is often no longer the case. Most midwives will now bring their equipment with them on the day, this may include;

  • Monitoring equipment (Sphyg, Thermometer, Doppler – check the midwives have a waterproof cover if using a birth pool)

  • Resuscitation equipment

  • Suturing equipment

  • Oxytocics (for during placenta delivery and in case of heavy bleeding, only if required)

  • Adrenaline (in case of allergic reaction)

  • Vitamin K (check with midwives if you would prefer oral over injection)

  • General Obstetrics equipment

  • Gloves (sterile and non sterile – mention to midwives if you have a latex allergy)

  • Bags for the placenta and other waste (tell the midwives if you wish to keep the placenta)

  • Scales to weigh baby

  • Gas and Air.

Anything we’ve forgotten?

Here’s the rest of the list from our poll of local home birthing women:

  1. Old Towels

  2. Birthing Pool

  3. Tap Connector / Adapter

  4. A Jug (to measure urinary output before the midwives leave)

  5. Candles

  6. A Sieve / Debris Net

  7. Hose

  8. Birthing Ball

  9. Refreshments for Midwives

  10. Food

  11. TENS Machine

  12. Inco / Puppy Pads

  13. Hypnobirthing Book & CD

  14. Aromatherapy Oils

  15. A Birth Plan (including Breastfeeding contacts)

  16. Old Sheets

  17. Drinks (straws are also helpful)

  18. Music

  19. Phone App to Time Contractions (or pen and paper)

  20. Bin Bags

  21. Birthing Stool

  22. Doula

  23. Affirmation Board

  24. Sign on the Front Door (do not disturb)

  25. Fan

  26. Camera

You will also need the following. Don’t skimp on the maternity pads! I almost ran out before I had given birth because I didn’t realise that when your waters go they carry on leaking!

Taken from North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust’s Guide

It’s worth adding that some home birthing mums prefer not to pack an overnight bag, personally I did pack one so I knew everything was in one place, this made it easier for my partner too. It doesn’t have to be an overnight bag though, you could always use a box or a shopping bag.

Read some local Home Birth Stories >>>>> Here!


22 Reasons Why Local Mums are Choosing to Give Birth at Home!

August 29th, 2017

1. Home is where I am most comfortable

2. I didn’t have to worry about the pool not being available

3. I could do as I pleased

4. I didn’t have to travel whilst in labour

5. My husband/partner wouldn’t have to leave me at night

6. I could have a hands off birth if I wished

7. I didn’t have to worry about child care

8. I could have who I liked there

9. The hospital doesn’t provide a natural environment

10. Hospitals are for illness or emergencies not normal birth

11. I wouldn’t have to worry about getting my own room / staffing issues

12 I had never been a patient in hospital before.

13. I could have access to real food

14. I could have an independent midwife

15. I could involve my other child/ren

16. I was worried about the labour being too quick to get to hospital

17.  I knew it was the safest place

18. I worked at the hospital and knew too many people!

19. I’m vegan so could actually have food at home

20. I’ve had 2 babies without pain relief so thought I would try at home

21. I am scared of hospitals, if not ill or visiting someone

22. I had a bad experience during first labour

These reasons are from real home birthing mums and were taken from a poll posted in our Facebook private discussion group



Home Births and Breastfeeding

July 30th, 2017


I half expected our first breastfeed to be like a scene out of Snow White

I planned my home birth meticulously, right down to what snacks I would have on offer for our visiting midwives. An area that I did neglect when putting together my birth plan, however, was breastfeeding. Call me naive or maybe overly optimistic, but with my rose tinted glasses on I half expected our first breastfeed to be like a scene out of Snow White.

his first ever feed was not from me!

When my baby boy arrived in August 2015 at 38 weeks I was presented with the opposite, my beautiful baby just didn’t know what to do and I had very little knowledge to help guide him. The Midwives did their best to help me but nobody could get my baby to latch, and due to some minor concerns surrounding his blood sugars his first ever feed was not from me! Our breastfeeding journey definitely had a rough start but I am pleased to say almost 2 years on we are still going strong!

If I were to plan my home birth again…

If I were to plan my home birth again, I would definitely dedicate an area on my birth plan to breastfeeding. I would also attend the one off breastfeeding session held at our local hospital (I attended this over a year later as a volunteer and found it so informative!). Another thing I would do is gather information on who can help if required. Looking at our local breastfeeding support there are 3 main types; NHS, Voluntary and Private.

Who can help?

  • NHS

    • Midwives

    • Health Visitors

    • Infant Feeding Specialists  –

      Hospital (referral via Midwife/Breastfeeding Support)
      Community (referral via Health Visitor/Breastfeeding Support)
  • Voluntary

  • Private – 

Other  helpful contacts are:

  • National Breastfeeding Helpline – Offering independent, confidential, mother-centred, non-judgmental breastfeeding support and information

  • Breastfeeding Network – Who offer a unique Drugs in Breastmilk line for mums and health professionals as well as support

  • KellyMom – Evidence based information on breastfeeding and parenting

  • iBreastfeed – An NHS Hull campaign to give parents in Hull the information and confidence to choose to breastfeed

  • Breastbuddies – A social media support group

One of the benefits of having a home birth is that you get to stay in the comfort of your own home, a slight negative of this though is not being able to press a buzzer when you need some help. Knowing the basics of how to latch your baby is valuable, as is knowing the signs that breastfeeding is going well.

Knowing the basics

I can not emphasise enough what a helpful guide this is:, all mums to be should read it!!

Goodwin Support at home

Lastly, did you know that home birthing mums in Hull (HU1 – HU9) are able to access Goodwin Breastfeeding Support home visits? For further details please contact: Caroline Wiggins, Breastfeeding Peer Support Coordinator at Fenchurch Street Children’s Centre on (01482) 497800. Or email Caroline: