About Us

The Parlour is founded by a group of volunteers committed to an innovative approach to breastfeeding advocacy.

Lucila Newell

Sociologist/Human Geographer/Mother

Lucila Newell holds a PhD in Geography. Her PhD focused on the politics of waste in Buenos Aires. She is currently an Associate Researcher of CORTH  and the Centre for Global Health Policy in the School of Global Studies,  University of Sussex. Her research interest in urban natures, took a shift towards motherhood, and more specifically breastfeeding, when she had her first child while doing her PhD. She has since moved this agenda forward by creating a reading group, training as a breastfeeding peer supporter and volunteering for a year, and participating as a core member in the ESRC Breastfeeding seminar series organised by the University of Cardiff and UWE. Lucila is co-founder of The Parlour, a new initiative to change cultural perceptions of breastfeeding.


Lisa Creagh



Lisa Creagh graduated from Goldsmiths in 1994, and she founded the Brighton Photo Fringe in 2003. As a producer and curator she has delivered large-scale photographic projects for international artists.  In 2006 she received critical acclaim for the originality and collaborative nature of ‘Tidy Street’ where she transformed a street in Brighton in to a series of lightboxes utilizing the windows of small terraced houses.  This ACE funded exhibition was reviewed in photographic journals and featured on television/radio. She has also held the position of Marketing Director of Metro Imaging where she specialised in web and social media marketing.

Justine Garratty

Mother, Community Midwife, and founder and teacher at Youtous Antenatal Classes.


Justine has worked as a midwife in Brighton since qualifying in 2001 and her aim was always to work within the community setting to support and empower women both antenatally and postnatally.

Her main interests lie in antenatal education, natural active birth and breastfeeding. She is sitting breastfeeding lactation consultant exams next year as more and more she feels a passion towards supporting women on what can be a tough and difficult journey in the first few weeks after their birth.

Bethania Matheus

Bethania Matheus is a qualified Active Birth Antenatal teacher (trained by Janete Balaskas) and a Birth and Post-Natal Doula trained by Dr Michel Odent and Liliana Lammers. She is also a NHS-certified Breastfeeding Peer Supporter. Previously, Bethania worked on several social projects for vulnerable children in Brazil and in 2013 she set up Meeting Mums, a support group for new mums in Brighton & Hove. Bethania also holds a BA in Performing Arts and has worked for a number of years in Art Education, Creative Dance and Dance Movement Therapy.