About us

About us

Our story

Having started their journey as antenatal educators in 2017, Better Births Antenatal Classes soon evolved into what it is today, Better Births London – a bespoke, 1-2-1, private support service for those on their journey to parenthood. But what does that actually mean? Katie and Leila are the midwives in your pocket – there to answer ANY question, 7 days a week.

Our goal is to empower you to achieve the best possible journey through pregnancy, your birth, and into the early postnatal period. Each service that Better Births London provides complements your maternity care provider, or antenatal classes and so should be seen as an additional level of bespoke support, continuity, and source of empowerment.

Our Values

We’ve got your back throughout your journey with core values that will support you to achieve the best possible experience.

Advocacy

We are passionate about supporting you to be able to express your views and wishes. Antenatal appointments can feel overwhelming. Birth options can feel constricted. But at Better Births London we give you the knowledge you need to be able to articulate your wishes and act as an active participant in your care.

Empowerment

It is essential that you feel confident to take control of your journey to parenthood, making decisions that are right for you and for your family. At Better Births London we cut through the jargon, and break down all of the options available to you at every stage of the journey, promoting choice and personalisation.

Compassion

With years of experience, we can absolutely relate to the complex experience many people have during their journey to parenthood. We have the courage to question and skills to empower that will leave you feeling supported and confident to achieve the experience you want. We’re with you every step of the way.

Evidence-based

Knowledge truly is power and at Better Births London it is fundamental that you are given up to date information based on the best available evidence. Only with this you are then able to make confident, informed decisions leaving you feeling in control of your experience. Information is shared in a variety of forms to suit your needs.

Meet the team

Leila Zahedi

Co-founder, Locum NHS midwife 

Over her ten years in the profession, Leila has worked within all maternity settings – from delivering babies on the high risk labour ward to caring for women in the low risk birth centre.

She currently works clinically as a locum community midwife for the NHS, however her true passion is providing continuity for people throughout their journey to parenthood – from pregnancy to postnatal care. She especially enjoys providing breastfeeding support in the early postnatal period – as we all know it’s a lot tougher than we think, and no matter how many books you read, or how many women you speak to, you never truly ‘get it’ until your baby is in your arms … screaming! Leila’s biggest professional achievement was attending the birth of Katie’s children! 2 moments in her life that she will never forget and always cherish!

Katie Benyohai

 Co-founder, Senior NHS midwife

Katie started her midwifery journey in 2010. She worked as a community midwife for many years prior to taking her maternity leave in 2019 and returning to a senior midwifery role in change management. Following a second maternity leave she is now the Maternal Medicine Specialist midwife at a busy London Hospital.

Coming from a Sociology background, Katie is passionate about how the experience of pregnancy and childbirth impacts women, both physically and emotionally – and believes that with the right preparation and support, you are more likely to look back positively on your birth experience. Having recently achieved the birth of her dreams for the second time, she is a huge advocate of hypnobirthing. Ask her anything, and she’ll gladly share the reality of her experience of labour and birth!

Join us

Empower women’s health and make a meaningful impact! Join our team where your expertise and compassion create positive birth experiences. Get in touch now to be part of a community committed to nurturing new beginnings!

What our clients say

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13:23 17 Feb 24
I am not sure where to begin! The support of Katie & Leila has been second to none, a fantastic service. No question was ever too big or small for them. Literally having a midwife in your pocket! No matter what time of the day you message the response was always prompt and thorough which was incredibly helpful. There were times where I was not sure what I was doing and the group support provided was such a valuable service. The best part was that I never felt afraid asking questions, it felt like you are talking to your bestie! Thank you so much for all the support and help, this service is much needed esp. for first time mothers - really grateful and I do not think this review does justice to how much I really appreciate all the support given - MASSIVE MASSIVE THANK YOU wishing you both all the success! xxx
Susie RodriguesSusie Rodrigues
22:06 11 Feb 24
There are no words to describe how invaluable the group package was during my pregnancy. They are literally midwives in your pocket, there to answer any question- no matter how big or small. They make you feel seen and heard. It’s great to get impartial advice and information from people that are so knowledgeable so that you can make informed decisions. I don’t know what I would have done without them, just knowing they were there whenever I needed them was just a massive relief in itself. 1000% recommend.
Sophie KhosravaniSophie Khosravani
22:32 30 Jan 24
First time mama and despite the journey being so exciting I also had absolutely no clue what I’m doing which made me feel quite nervous…. until Better Births!! I just feel so relaxed now knowing I have midwives available to me anytime of the day if I need to ask something that I’m worried about. The response times are are so quick that it’s just incredible and so professional.So grateful for your support and it’s honestly the best investment for any pregnant mummy to be.I’ve had the most positive experience with my pregnancy so far and I owe it to you girls ❤️Thank you so much!!
Krystell LopezKrystell Lopez
11:56 22 Jan 24
Wow wow wowee! What incredibly knowledgable, kind and empowering women. I started Betterbirth’s whatsapp package in my third trimester and for my next will definitely start sooner as I feel they would have reassured so many worries I had in pregnancy.These women were incredibly supportive and gave me the exact information I needed after my birth not going to plan and baby being a bit poorly in her first weeks.Both midwives were there to support me in my last trimester, support my birth partners through labour (I wasn’t very well but asking them to check in with the group chat when in doubt) and postpartum.They were angels sent through Instagram and I will eternally be grateful for how professional yet kind and lighthearted they were. Thank you ladies. Highly recommend their service!
Rahela AgheRahela Aghe
11:42 20 Jan 24
Leila and Katie gave me the best education into how I will birth my baby and all the possibilities that I was completely unaware of. I am grateful for all that I learnt, and recommend ALL mums to be make this investment to have a mentally healthy pregnancy. I am someone who had a huge fear of birthing, especially since having a traumatising first birth, mentally I was so much healthier than my previous two pregnancies. Less anxiety of birthing and a huge difference in Labour due to the education.Aside from educating me they genuinely cared in the unforeseen circumstances that I reached during covid. I couldn’t be more thankful and grateful for having them in my life, not only educating me but genuinely caring and going out of their way to be by my side during a covid birth when I couldn’t have anyone else! They explained everything that was happening to me/my body whilst being isolated in a room due to covid!Absolute angels 🤍.
Sophie HSophie H
12:00 18 Jan 24
Where do I even start with these literal angels on earth!!!! To this day I still say I couldn’t have got through my traumatic birth without them. Initially recommended to me by a friend I wondered is this something I need to do and if you are a nervous soon to be first time mum then the answer is yes. They came to my house and met my husband and I and talked through the entire process so I felt fully prepared for all eventualities. They are at the end of the phone at any minute of the day which means you don’t have to scare yourself going on Google you have them in your pocket giving you unbiased professional educated advice.If there is anything you spend your money on leading up to your birth it’s these ladies. Thank you girls!
Faye HarveyFaye Harvey
19:49 17 Jan 24
The most amazing midwives! Nothing is too much, anything I had questions about they took the time to explain everything in detail. Gave me the confidence to tell people exactly what I wanted/didn’t want in labour and pregnancy. They helped me have the birth I wanted because they explained all my options so I could choose what was right for me. Can’t recommend enough, wouldn’t have another pregnancy without them ❤️
Susan NazariSusan Nazari
18:49 17 Jan 24
I’m currently a first time mama to be and on the group chat package with the ladies at Better Births. I couldn’t recommend them enough, especially to first time mums like myself that have no clue what they’re doing! To be able to ask silly questions at whatever time of the day is absolutely invaluable to me as I learn the ropes of motherhood. The service is exceptional - fast responses, thorough information, and everything is communicated with care and compassion. These girls know their stuff and I’m so grateful they are here to guide me on my journey. THANK YOU!
Lauren ShawLauren Shaw
18:22 17 Jan 24
These girls are the best! No words to describe this genius service and what it does for you. More people need to know about them! You have on tap 24/7 midwife help, ask anything, send any tmi pictures if you need and no judgment, just help advice and sometimes a good laugh when you need it most! They are not your average midwives, they care, they are full of personality and knowledge and guide you in your own way, and I couldn’t have done it without them! I just wish I found them for my first pregnancy. The only downside is it ends a month after your baby is born- wish I had their advice forever! I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again and recommend them to everyone! Nothing bad to say! BB is the best!
enka becajenka becaj
17:28 23 Dec 23
I was pregnant and so confused because I didn’t have responses from the hospital when I went to do my scans! However, after my birth, I was so depressed and finally they came into my life this Better Births antenatal classes! VERY Helpful and they answered all my questions about my baby I was impressed 😮 I RECOMMEND THEM FOR ALL THE PREGNANT WOMAN OUT THERE THEY ARE, LIFE SAVER, ❤️🙏 Leila & Katie GOD BLESS YOU FOR WHAT YOU HAVE CREATE FOR PREGNANT WOMEN OUT THERE
Dhwani ThakrarDhwani Thakrar
06:59 18 Dec 23
I’m a new mum and using the service daily for support. The girls are amazing at answering my questions and have provided the best information and advice to boost my overall confidence. Everything is backed with studies, data, NHS guidance which has really helped me and my husband to make the best informed decisions for our baby. Thanks Katie and Leila.
Leana CoopoosamyLeana Coopoosamy
07:52 12 Sep 23
Pregnancy after loss is a journey! I made a few rules for this pregnancy which included zero googling and to be honest I would recommend this to everyone.Signing up to the Gold package meant ANY question I was tempted to google, went straight to Leila and Katie. This gave me and my husband so much reassurance and they were super quick with their responses.The learnings sent through helped prepare me for my pregnancy and make informed decisions throughout which made such a difference in having a labour that was led by me.Thank you Leila & Katie ❤️
Vanda RobertsVanda Roberts
08:59 20 Aug 23
Hi, as a first-time mum, I'm a little clueless and panicked. Having both Laila and Katie on hand for advice has been amazing.I've felt like any questions I had were answered straight away day or night and with great advice. They're so lovely I would 100% recommend to anyone who's having a baby.I can't thank them enough for the re-assurance and support I got throughout my pregnancy. Will definitely join back again if I have another little one ❤️ thank you both again x
natasha nattnatasha natt
12:49 01 Aug 23
Best investment during pregnancy!During my first pregnancy, as with many first times moms I had no idea what to expect, I had a million and one questions and spent all my time on Google. I came across better births London on instagram and I signed up for the gold package.I was contacted within half and hour of signing up and both Katie and Lelia introduced themselves. Within seconds I just knew I would feel comfortable asking these ladies any question I had no matter how small or big. They were so warm and welcoming -you cannot fault the service here. It is beyond outstanding (probably the best I have ever received)The response time was amazing - even the little questions which were not urgent at all were responded to within the hour. Instead of spending hours googling my questions with conflicting responses, I had two qualified midwife’s giving their professional advice and knowledge which immediately reassured and educated myself and my husband.With the gold package you get sent information which help educate you around the process of labour. This without fail was so helpful as the information is always there on your phone- you can digest it in your own time and by the time Labour came around I just felt so knowledgable and empowered. I knew what the doctors were talking about and even if I didn’t I didn’t have to wait for the doctor or midwife to reappear - I could just ask Leila of Katie. They will also help prompt questions you may not even think of to ask the doctor or midwife- which in turn helps you make better more informed decisions.Don’t even hesitate if you are thinking of signing up. I have spent so much money during my pregnancy and without a doubt this was the best investment I made- without a doubt I would sign up again.I am so grateful for the months of support received by Better Births London and I honestly don’t know if I would have had such a positive birthing experience without them. 💚
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