(Otherwise known as @TheEgyptianDoula)
Hi, my name is Yasmin Aly. It's nice to virtually meet you.
I am an award nominated, multi disciplined doula with a background in birth as well as law and business. I am also a mother, foster carer and cancer survivor.
I mostly cover the following areas: London, St Albans, Hatfield, Watford. If you are outside of these areas please do get in touch to see if I can support you.
Growing up in the seaside town of Blackpool, I had always been passionate about two things: birth and justice.
I was always interested in birth because I had forever been fascinated by the process of pregnancy, childbirth and the smallness of newborns. Throughout my childhood, I was that child at family social events that you would always find playing with babies, cuddling newborns and changing nappies. As a result, I decided at the time that my future career would involve babies. As with how life normally unfolds for most of us, things didn't quite go to plan.
My interest in justice also came from childhood. My entire childhood had been unjust and scattered with trauma, abuse, loss and illness. When I finally reached the age of 16, I decided I had had enough. I spent a couple of weeks making my plans to run away, packed my one bag and left, resulting in eventual homelessness. At 17, I ended up making my way to London, not realising that this would become home and that it would be the place where I would become a mother, doula and lawyer. Had it not been for the very few and far between instances of kindness and dedication of complete strangers, I imagine I wouldn't be here today.
Being Your Doula
So why do I bring this up I hear you ask? The cumulation of these experiences are part of what makes me the birth doula I am today, the birth doula that might be the person supporting and advocating for you. Pregnancy and birth are one of those times in which a person can be very vulnerable and sensitive. Not knowing the ins and outs of the healthcare system, not knowing your rights in the birth setting, not knowing what you are and aren't "allowed" to do, fearing childbirth itself. These are all things which I have seen contribute to unwanted birth outcomes.