Leah Hazard was born in the United States and studied English and American Literature and Language at Harvard University, before moving to the UK in 1999. She earned a Masters Degree in Directing and had a career in television at BBC Scotland until the birth of her first daughter in 2003 prompted her to change direction and pursue her lifelong interest in women’s health. Leah soon began working as a doula, supporting women in pregnancy and attending numerous births in homes and hospitals across Scotland. The birth of Leah’s second daughter in 2006 prompted Leah to make the leap into midwifery.
Training in one of the UK’s busiest maternity hospitals, Leah delivered 76 babies (and nearly gave up at least as many times) before qualifying as a registered midwife in 2013. Since then, she has worked in a variety of clinical areas within the NHS maternity services, from antenatal clinics and triage units to labour wards and beyond, catching hundreds more babies and handling the kinds of obstetric emergencies she thought she’d only ever see in textbooks. Leah remains an actively serving midwife and continues to write Hard Pushed in between shifts at a hospital that sees thousands of deliveries each year.