+44 (0) 7890 399 303 lkgoodwin@hotmail.co.uk


Hello! My name is Laura

I have lived and worked in Birmingham since August 2016, and have a position as a Research Fellow in Maternity at the University of Birmingham. Before then, I completed a research project on water birth in Oxford, and had previously spent 9 years in Cardiff where I completed my PhD in Nursing and Midwifery (2012-2016).

During my time in Oxford I attended a number of births at a beautiful Freestanding Midwifery-Led Unit. Although I didn’t know it at the time, this was my first step towards becoming a Doula. I absolutely loved supporting women during this time, and always felt honoured that women and their partners wanted to include me in such an amazing experience.

After moving to Birmingham and working full-time in my research job, I started to miss the “real-life” side to maternity – actually supporting pregnant women, and getting the evidence out to where it should be. I began to look into the role of Doulas, and was amazed to find such high-quality evidence which showed the positive impact of these birth partners in terms of reduced rates of c-section, reduced rates of epidurals and 100% satisfaction from women. Immediately I knew that this was something I wanted to do.

I grew up in the countryside (near Dartmoor) and have a massive family who are all still based in the Devon area. I love the outdoors and camping, and have travelled widely.

I absolutely love what I do, and would be honoured to support you in your journey.

Relevant Qualifications


(1st) BSc. Applied Psychology

Cardiff University, Sep 2007-Jun 2011


PhD Nursing and Midwifery

Cardiff University, Oct 2012-Oct 2016

Relevant Employment

Postdoctoral Researcher (Midwifery)

Oxford Brookes University,

Jan-May 2016


Research Fellow (Maternity)

University of Birmingham

Sep 2016-present


Support Worker (children with autism)

Oct 2011-Jan 2016

Relevant Affiliations

Chair for the PhD group

of the All Wales Midwifery and Reproductive Health Research Forum

Steering Committee Member

for the Fertility, Pregnancy and Development Research Network, based at Cardiff University

Relevant Training

Doula Training, BirthBliss Doulas – May 2017
Residential Child Care Worker, Care Council for Wales – Mar 2012
Autism Training, Ludlow Street Healthcare Group – Nov 2011
Child Protection, Ludlow Street Healthcare Group – Nov 2011
Equality and Diversity, Ludlow Street Healthcare Group – Nov 2011
Manual Handling (All Wales Passport A&B), Ludlow Street Healthcare Group – Nov 2011
Mental Capacity Act, Ludlow Street Healthcare Group – Nov 2011

Relevant documentation

DBS certified
Full UK Driving License


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