The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Leeds Maternity Care

Haamla Service

Haamla logoHaamla is a unique service that provides essential support for pregnant women, and their families, from minority ethnic communities, including asylum seekers and refugees, throughout their pregnancy and postnatal period. It aims to improve access within maternity services, empower and inform women of the choices available during their pregnancy and birth, thereby improving their health and wellbeing.

Contact the Haamla Office on 0113 2065477

Haamla Support Workers

Bi-lingual Haamla Maternity Support Workers provide advocacy support and information for women about their maternity care choices. This is done at home, at Children's Centres and in the hospital setting. They support women around their social, religious and cultural needs' and offer bereavement support.

Haamla Antenatal Groups

These antenatal classes are for women only. Interpreters are provided for women who need language support. Information about pregnancy, birth and caring for your baby is provided and shared in a relaxed setting.

Weekly sessions are held every:

  • Wednesday 10.30-12.30pm at The Compton Centre, Harehills Lane, LS9 7BG
  • Friday 10.30-11.30am at Hamara Healthy Living Centre, Tempest Road LS11 6RD
  • Monthly sessions are held at both St James's Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary.

Call the Haamla Office on 0113 2065477 for more information or to request an interpreter

Haamla Volunteer Doula Service

Haamla Volunteer Doulas offer one to one practical and emotional support during pregnancy, can be with you to support you at the birth of your baby and for up to 6 weeks after your baby is born.

What is a Doula? By Linda Hall - Haamla Volunteer Doula

What is a Doula? What does a Doula do?
A Doula is a woman there for a woman, when only a woman will do.
She’s not there to replace the medical team,
But to hold her hand if she wants to cry or scream.
She’s not there to replace her birth partner, her mum, her friend or her baby’s dad,
A Doula helps the mum, through labour good or bad.
Delivery rooms can be a scary place,
But a Doula is a friendly face.
When the baby’s here, and all the hard work is done,
It is the privilege of a Doula to share in someone becoming a mum.
I hope I was a good Doula,
I hope I did what a Doula does.
So on I go to support more ladies,
And welcome to this world lots more babies.

For more information, speak to your Midwife or call the Haamla Co-Ordinator on 0113 2065477

If you would like to consider training with us to become a Haamla Volunteer Doula contact the Haamla Co-Ordinator on 0113 2065477 or visit Leeds Haamla Service Replication.

Haamla Midwifery Team

The Haamla Midwifery Team provide enhanced antenatal and postnatal care to women seeking asylum and some other vulnerable women from minority ethnic groups. Care is provided at a location of the woman's choice and continuity of care is ensured to this transient group of women.

The team provides teaching to Midwives, students and volunteers; contributes to the Haamla Groups and facilitates the planning of care of women who have been circumcised.

Welcome to the Haamla Team

Hannah Marsh - Midwife

Val Watson - Midwife

Nada Abdul-Majid -Midwife

Bilquis Ayaz - Maternity Support Worker

Ela Baidoo - Maternity Support Worker

Team Contact numbers: 0113 2066392 and 0113 2065477


Team Leader - Vicky Cranston -email: phone: 07786250514

Matron - Julie Holmes - email:  phone: 0113 2065169

Link Obstetrician - Dr Tracey Glanville