Erika. She/Her. Mum. Photographer. Birth professional

              (but not necessarily in that order)

Before you invite me to be part of one of the most extraordinary days of your life, it’s a good idea to get to know me a little bit.
I’m a proud part-Italian (mostly in it for the cooking, although I am fluent in Italian thanks to my mum), joyful Labrador-owner and mum to two glorious kids. Between them and my partner, I’m kept grounded and busy, I enjoy wearing flat shoes, wide-open spaces, and Rhonda Byrne’s book The Secret. If you haven’t read it, I urge you to!

Erika Townend caught living life
Black and white selfie of Erika enjoying life with family at the beach

I am deeply nostalgic which is probably why I first picked up a camera. I believe photographs to be magical, mad things that can transport you right back to a single moment in time.
Check out my birth photography page!
A memory captured and printed that had slipped from your memory years ago are like miniature time machines you can hold in your palm.

My work as a doula is both rewarding and increasingly fascinating. There’s so much information to absorb during pregnancy and birth, it brings me joy to help new parents navigate it all. If I can help just a handful of couples each year with their births and new babies, I consider it a great year. My work is super satisfying and I love every exhilarating moment of it.

I also work with Frimley Park Trust, I co-chair the Maternity Voices Partnership Committee. A Maternity Voices Partnership (or MVP) is an NHS working group: a team of women and their families, providers (midwives and doctors) working together to review and contribute to the development of local maternity care. It’s something that forms the backbone of all of my work and something incredibly close to my heart.



How the movies helped!

I was a week overdue and starting to get a little impatient! I’d had a couple of acupuncture appointments, reflexology and been doing all manner of meditation and visualisations but the little guy was staying put! On Thursday morning I had a membrane sweep and my...

An earlier than expected arrival

An earlier than expected arrival

A Hypnobirthing in Berkshire and Surrey storyI thought I would just let you know that our little boy arrived on Sunday night, 9 days early, weighing 7lb 13oz! Things started off at about 5 am on Sunday morning, as I had a bloody show which had quite a lot of fresh...

How are you coping with Covid?

How are you coping with Covid?

Firstly, I hope you are all well and you have not been directly affected by this virus and continue to be well and look after yourselves by staying at home.I wanted to write today as I am picking up chatter from various avenues in the birth world, and in no particular...