Our Story

Who are we?

We are the team that makes up Greater Manchester Doulas CIC. The great thing about a 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 and the wisdom we each bring to GMD.

ELLE LORI

Elle is one of our founding directors and a doula living in South Manchester with her kids, dogs, and cats. She is usually found crocheting or playing video games. Being a full spectrum doula is her true passion and purpose. She is also our resident placenta specialist and a breastfeeding peer supporter.

Lori is a mum of two, our other founding director and a full spectrum doula living in South Manchester. She is a lover of women, rainbows, playing the piano, having adventures with her boys and of course all things to do with pregnancy, birth and motherhood. She is also a rewind practitioner and a babywearing peer supporter.
AMY NAOMI
Amy is a sister, an Aunty and a birth and postnatal doula living in Old Trafford. She loves travelling and being outside in nature, but also loves curling up inside with a hot water bottle and a book. She likes to be independent and speak up for what she believes in. Naomi is a breastfeeding mother of two spirited children and an International Board Certified Lactation consultant (IBCLC). She is passionate about supporting women to create a postpartum that respects, supports and honours them as new mothers, for the first time or all over again.

The beginning

We all 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.

Growing

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.

Naomi is a wonderful member of our community and a great friend. So when she set up independently as an IBCLC Lactation consultant we were so excited that local women would be able to access her holistic breastfeeding support. We quickly realised that we were serving similar circles of women and that the services we both provide very much complement one another. Whilst Naomi is still working independently, she is able to offer funded support through GMD and we’re so excited to have her on board.

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.