Meet the Team

We are an experienced and growing team of voluntary doulas, therapists, antenatal teachers, grassroots translators, human rights specialists and breastfeeding supporters. Together, we are dedicated to serving women and their babies during times of financial hardship and vulnerability. 


We are currently developing Education, Feeding support, Trauma Therapies, Language support and Outreach departments. 


Kate Woods
Founder, Overseer, Educator.


Kate has been working with women, families and healthcare professionals for over 24 years as a Doula, Mentor and Educator. She has been actively supporting human/women's rights within the childbearing year for over two decades and has a deep understanding of how empathic support, informed choice and education are pivotal in improving birth. Kate believes that collaborative care towards empowered outcomes can ultimately contribute towards positive societal change. 


For the last 15 years, alongside continuing to attend to emerging families, Kate has been focused on educating writing and delivering trauma informed training packages in birth support and Doula education. Kate is also founder of Conscious Birthing Doula Training and Trauma Informed Education.


Alison Edwards



Alison is an experienced Doula and mentor who is passionate about all things birth and empowering women - whatever their circumstance. Alison has worked in this field in the Channel Islands and the UK. She moved from Guernsey to the UK in 1998, and has 6 children ranging from 13-23 years old.

Alison has served on the Leadership Team of Doula UK since 2012 and is currently a Director as well as Head of Mentoring and Secretariat. She also sits on the Maternity and Midwifery Forum Advisory Panel.


Mary McCarthy
Consultant Elder in Supporting Pregnant Teens and Migrant and Asylum-seeking People.

Safeguarding Lead and Training Facilitator.

Mary is a midwife in the NHS holding a caseload of women experiencing vulnerable times and young parents, and facilitates safeguarding supervision to midwives. Prior to training as a midwife, Mary worked with women experiencing homelessness in London and then went on to train as a doula.


Mary has volunteered in the refugee camps in northern France and supported refugee families within the UK which has included supporting women in pregnancy, labour and the postpartum time as a layperson/doula. Mary has two children and is passionate about being with women during challenging times and supporting others who are undertaking this work. 


Sarah Stephen-Smith

Consultant Elder offering specialist knowledge in supporting trafficked women and those in the criminal justice system.

Sarah’s background includes birth, breastfeeding and postnatal support and more than 10 years’ experience of direct work with women with complex care and support needs, including trafficked women and women in prison.


She was shortlisted for the Doula UK Doula of the Year and Outstanding Contribution of the Year Awards in 2018 and is thrilled to join the Doulas Without Borders team.

Becky Talbot

Consultant Elder offering specialist knowledge in intimate partner violence (IPV) and sexual violence (SV).

Safeguarding co-lead.

Before becoming a doula in 2013, Becky worked in education as a mentor and teacher, pupil referral units and adolescent psychiatric units for vulnerable young people. Becky developed an interest in working with young people around sex and relationships with a particular emphasis on consent, sexual violence, IPV and exploitation. Becky went on to work as safeguarding lead at 'Diverse', delivering sex and relationship education for 11 to 25-year-olds.


Becky is a founding member of Cambridge birth choices, providing training to local doulas wanting to work with vulnerable families. She provides safeguarding training for birth workers and has set up various projects, including the refugee Doula project in collaboration with CRC and the BAMFC project, which is a collaborative network of charities and organisations. 

Nicky Harrison

Lead for Human Rights Advocacy and Translation Skills.


Nicky brings to DWB 18 years of human rights protection and advocacy work, including 11 years with the UN, where she worked with marginalised communities in the humanitarian field. She has a specific focus on resilience-building with individuals and groups in vulnerable times. 


Nicky is currently training in psycho-therapeutic approaches to trauma, with the aim of providing mental health support, including to refugee populations.

Arleen Cameron

Lead for administration


Arleen has a varied background in social care, with previous roles supporting people with physical disabilities and learning difficulties; as a volunteer crew member on sailing ships providing funded adventures to young people in disadvantage and those with physical disabilities; and most recently as an administrator in a national fostering agency, setting up one of the regional offices in Scotland before ultimately taking on administration of the Fostering Panel for the whole of Scotland. 


Arleen’s journey towards supporting and empowering pregnant and birthing women and new parents started when she had her first baby in 2018. She trained as a Conscious Birthing Doula in early 2019 and was immediately drawn to the ethos of Doulas Without Borders. It was then a natural step for her to take on the role of DWB Admin Lead.


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