Our Story

Who are we?

We are the doulas of Greater Manchester Doulas CIC – Elle, Lauren, and Amy. The great thing about a doula collective is that we each bring our unique knowledge and experiences to the table. Have a look at our individual pages to read more about what makes us who we are.

Photo of doula Elle James Photo of doula Lauren Parker Amy wearing glasses and dungarees
Elle is an experienced birth doula living in South Manchester with her kids, cat and dogs. She is usually found crocheting or playing video games. Being a full spectrum doula is her true passion and purpose. Lori is a mum of two and a full spectrum doula living in South Manchester. She is a lover of rainbows, playing the piano, having adventures with her boys and of course all things to do with pregnancy, birth and motherhood. Amy is an aunty and a birth doula. She loves travelling and being outside in nature, but also loves curling up inside with a hot water bottle and a book. She is an introvert who likes to be independent and speak up for what she believes in.

The beginning

We worked as doulas individually before coming together as a collective. When Elle and Lori first met we clicked straight away, and after getting to know each other more it was clear that we were cut from the same cloth. We knew we would be an important support for each other through our work as doulas as well as great friends. Over a year into working together we met the wonderful Amy and the same happened again! She quickly became a good friend and a crucial member of GMD.

Why a collective?

It was always apparent that we all have a similar ethos and approach to supporting women. We had a strong sense we would work well together, supporting each other as well as the women we serve.

Forming a collective means we support and challenge one another, ensuring we grow and develop as doulas. It’s a more sustainable way of working. and it offers women more reliable and consistent support.
Whilst we share a similar ethos, we have individual experiences and perspectives that the women we work with can benefit from. Working together gives women access to a wider breadth of experience and resources.

The shared care we provide means women can build a relationship with each of us. As as result they can feel reassured that a doula they know and trust will be there to support them.