Our Story

Who are we?

We are the doulas of Greater Manchester Doulas CIC – Elle and Lauren. 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 hear more about what makes us who we are.

Elle James Lauren Parker
Photo of doula Elle James Photo of doula Lauren Parker
Elle is an experienced birth doula living in South Manchester with her two children, cats and dogs. She is usually found crocheting and hanging out with her kids. Being a full spectrum doula is her true passion and purpose. Lauren 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.

The beginning

We worked as doulas individually before coming together as a collective. When we first met each other, 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.

Why a collective?

It was quickly apparent that we had a similar ethos and approach to supporting women. We both had a strong sense that we would work well together, providing valuable support for each other as well as the women we work with.

By forming a collective we have been better able to support each other and also challenge each other to continue to grow and develop as doulas.

Working collectively is a more sustainable way of working for ourselves. However it also offers women more reliable and consistent support and access to a wider breadth of experience and resources. Whilst we share a similar ethos, we all have unique experiences and perspectives that the women we work with can benefit from.

The shared care we offer means that women are able to build a relationship with both of us throughout their pregnancy. As as result they can feel reassured that in the event of unforeseen circumstances, a doula they know and trust will be there to support them.