I’m Hayley Shing, the face behind My Doula Buddy. Currently based in Stockport, I work both as an illustrator and a birth and postnatal Doula. Since I can remember, I’ve always been interested in pregnancy and birth.
Through my struggle with infertility, I acquired a huge amount of knowledge which led me to hypnobirthing and the Doula world. It was my husband who first looked into support for the birth of our first child. We hired our wonderful Doula, Nikki, initially just for the birth of our son but soon discovered how valuable she was. We then hired her for postnatal support to help us through difficulty establishing breastfeeding, tongue tie issues and our baby’s severe eczema. I can honestly say, if I didn’t have the support from our Doula, I wouldn’t be the mother I am today.
My aim is to bring this feeling of safety and reassuring support to other families that need it during their first months of becoming parents.
Family & Heritage
My husband and I are both first generation British-born Chinese. Both of our parents are from Hong Kong and speak Cantonese with Hakka heritage. We have two boys, born in 2015 and 2019. Although growing up in the UK, it is important to us to bring up our children to be bilingual and make sure they stay in touch with their heritage, as well as be knowledgeable about other cultures from around the world.
My Birth Experience
Click here to read about my personal experience in birth.
I completed my training with Developing Doulas in June 2017 while still working in my full time job as a Landscape Architect. I gathered some postnatal clients via word of mouth and shared care with other local Doulas while slowly reducing my drawing duties. I’ve worked with families from various different backgrounds around the North West and West Yorkshire. My regular client base includes families with older siblings and families of multiple babies; I am trained as a Toddler Sense class leader which helps with older sibling interactions too.
My role is flexible in that I support families however they need during pregnancy, birth and beyond. I fully support your birth choices, from intervention-free natural births to elective caesareans – your package can be tailored to suit your family’s needs. I can travel within an hour to many places around Greater Manchester, Stockport, Cheshire and parts of Yorkshire.
Please do send me a message to ask if I am available in your area if you are unsure.