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Sam In The Media

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I have to admit to being a bit of a media lover – I have been on local and national radio, The Lorraine Show, in the BBC news and a variety of magazines, promoting positive parenting, tandem feeding, wet nursing and general interest as well as breast feeding and doulaing.

I actually paid for my doula training course with the first ever article I did – was initially going to be in the Sun but ended up in the Sunday People, having been out celebritied by Kate Middleton. I thought using my breast feeding story to pay for my doula training was a really good investment. This was before I was brave so I name changed.

I really enjoy bringing the world of positive and attachment parenting into the mainstream and promoting the work of Doulas and hypnobirthing into the national and local press as well.

May 2019

BBC News – giving a TV and press interview on the moving of Cwm Taf Maternity Services into special measures.

Link HERE.

“Meanwhile, doula Samantha Gadsden – a birth companion to pregnant women – said she saw some “pretty horrible things” while working in Cwm Taf.

“Coerced vaginal examinations, lack of informed consent, free-birthing women – choosing to give birth without a midwife – being reported to social services and I witnessed a midwife lose her temper and walk out of a house with a baby without telling the parents,” said Ms Gadsen.

“One of my clients was criticised for her choice to free birth while her baby was there fitting in the hospital and she was there still being told off by the consultant.”

Ms Gadsden told BBC Wales she was “shocked” the problems have only just come to light, but insists there have been improvements.

“There was a time when I would literally put my head in my hands knowing I was going to be working in that health board but that is no longer the case.

“There are new consultant midwives, there’s the new birth centre there, so things are changing.”

I have to say I felt quite let down by the BBC, while their newreport in writing repeated accurately my words, the new reports on the national news made me out to be a lot more critical of the Trust than I was.

March 2019 –  Interview with Lisa From Women Are Amazing

A very tired me after a 35 hour birth gives an interview for #worldhypnobirthinday2019/ with the lovely Lisa.

March 2019

BBC Radio Wales – Speaking on Good Evening Wales about the new Lullaby Trust recommendations on co-sleeping.

Major Change In Co Sleeping Advice From The Lullaby Trust“.

Samantha on BBC Radio Cymru.

“Taking Cara to see the inside of the BBC Studios while I talk about co-sleeping”

Taking Cara to see the inside of the BBC Studios while I talk about co-sleeping.

Posted by Samantha Gadsden Doula on Monday, 11 March 2019

March 2019 – BBC News, they contacted me to seek my views on home birth and the Community Midwives Trial of delivery bags. 
“Home Birth Bags: Community Midwives Trial “Delivery Bags”.


“Caerphilly-based doula Samantha Gadsden, who runs Home Birth Support Group UK and the South Wales Home Birth and Hopefuls Group, said birth was “more pleasant at home”.

“Anything that interrupts the hormonal flow of birth can lead to changes in the birth.

“When you go from your own home where you’re comfortable and safe to a hospital environment where you’re bombarded with questions and it’s bright and white, it’s not a conducive environment for birth.”

Ms Gadsden, who had two home births, said transfers to hospital were usually needed for more pain relief or labour was not progressing within specified timelines and “life or death emergencies” were rare.

“You have to spend the early part of your birth at home anyway and if you need intervention at home, the chances are you would have needed it at hospital.

January 2019

“Doula The Right Thing”.

Fabulous Magazine – The Sun – Internet link HERE.

“Your favourite doula is in the media again. The Sun’s Fabulous Magazine.

I didn’t realise it was such a “thing”. I’m quite proud of this article – and that it’s in the mainstream.

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Posted by Samantha Gadsden Doula on Sunday, 13 January 2019

January 2019 – Top 10 UK Doula Bloggers

This was quite funny, as they had emailed me and I thought it was just spam – until my doula colleagues started to message me congratulations (I also hit this list in 2018 and had completely ignored it for the same reason!!

Top 10 UK Doula Blogs and Websites To Follow in 2019

November 2018
BBC News – SIDS: ‘Arm parents with co-sleeping information’ call.

But mother-of-three Samantha Gadsden, a Caerphilly-based doula (a woman who supports another woman during pregnancy and birth), said advice on bed-sharing can vary depending on the health provider’s personal opinion.

“It’s biologically normal to co-sleep,” she said.”But you still get the ‘oh my god you’re going to kill your baby’, from healthcare professionals and other parents which puts babies more at risk as women are falling asleep on sofas and armchairs trying to stay awake.

Ms Gadsden added parents should be given all the information including the potential benefits of co-sleeping such as helping babies to regulate temperature and breathing – along with an explanation of how it can be risky.

She said discouraging co-sleeping when other risk factors are not present was “coercion and scare-mongering, and treating women like they are not intelligent”, but said she had experienced this herself as had many of her clients.

Link HERE.

This was followed by a live radio interview for BBC Radio Wales, which like a lot of the media she has done, Sam forgot to record.

July 2018 – Meet The Mother Who Breastfeeds Other People’s Babies

As a follower of the BabyBelly.com website (in Australia) – I was thrilled when they picked up my breast feeding story – and was happy to share with them, link HERE.

“Samantha told BellyBelly: “I do believe there is a need for more women to know they have options other than breast, expressing and formula. Even World Health Education guidelines put donor milk above formula”. – See more at: https://www.bellybelly.com.au/breastfeeding/meet-the-mother-who-breastfeeds-other-peoples-babies/

June 2018 –Wet nurse: The mum who breastfeeds other women’s babies.

This is one of my favourite articles I have done – the BBC did me very proud.

The full article is linked HERE.

“Here, a mother-of-three from Caerphilly shares her experience of breastfeeding other women’s babies.

Samantha Gadsden knows breastfeeding can be a contentious issue – especially when the baby you are feeding belongs to another woman.

She has been volunteering her time – and her breasts – to other women’s babies since first becoming a mother herself 10 years ago.

“I can’t even remember any more how many booby brothers and sisters my children have,” the 47-year-old said.”

August 2013
“The mum still breastfeeding her son aged FIVE as well as her daughter, THREE, and baby.”

I had a lot of positive feedback from this, along with the odd accusation of child abuse and being told I should be hung, but I excepted that and it was water off a ducks back,

This is the is the sort of thing from Cafe Mum, Mum Goes Overboard“, because I needed random strangers on the internet to tell me what was best for me and my children – triandem feeding is not for everyone – but these were amongst the happiest days of my life and I wouldn’t change a thing.