Author Archives: Joy

Unplanned Cesarean Birth. A warrior’s path.

Caesarean birth is not everyones first choice when planning the type of birth we’d like. For many women it is the very last type of birth they’d opt for. So when we are faced with our least favourite choice, the … Continue reading

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Birthing from Within Birth Preparation Weekend

    Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th April 2015  In Glastonbury I am so pleased to be once again running this popular workshop in Glastonbury with my partner Jady Mountjoy. Working with stories, art and practical techniques this 2 day … Continue reading

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Microbirth Premier film screening in Glastonbury

The Premier screening of Toni Harman’s new film will be shown globally on 20th September 2014. Following the successful screening of her previous film “Freedom for Birth” last year, I am pleased to be able to share her new film … Continue reading

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Radical Midwifery on the Road

According to the Association of Radical Midwives (ARM)  “In the mid 70s, the majority of pregnant women in UK had labour induced by artificial rupture of membranes (ARM) around the date they were “due”. These initials were used when the … Continue reading

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Please Help Save Independent Midwifery by commenting on the Professional Indemnity insurance consultation document

A public consultation is now open to the public until the 17th May 2013. It is your chance to say why professional Indemnity Insurance should not be linked to Midwives registration. This will have far-reaching implications after 25th October when … Continue reading

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Choose your midwife choose your birth campaign 2013

As mentioned in my previous post Independent midwives will be unable to work without professional indemnity insurance after October 2013 and there is no affordable insurance available to them. After this date Independent Midwives will not be able to remain … Continue reading

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Mary Cronk’s Assertiveness Phrases

Following on from my “Am I Allowed post” I phoned my dear friend and former colleague Mary Cronk. As well as a good chat with each other, I obtained her permission to post her assertiveness phrases. She re-quoted the phrases … Continue reading

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Birth keeper or Baby catcher?

I felt compelled to comment on a great blog my the brilliant Rebecca Wright today. It can be seen here entitled “Are you a birthkeeper? Then don’t catch babies.” She was commenting upon the language used by birth workers in a … Continue reading

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2013 A New Era in Midwifery or Withdrawal of Women’s Childbirth Choices?

I original wrote this at the beginning of 2013 when Independent Midwifery was seriously under threat of becoming illegal if they failed to obtain professional indemnity insurance (PII) before 25th October 2013. At the 11th hour we have a glimmer of hope due … Continue reading

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The Third International Breech Birth Conference. Washington DC November 2012

I was lucky enough to be invited to lead a workshop at this years International Breech birth conference. My qualifications are that I have been lucky to work with Breech birth expert Mary Cronk MBE as an Independent midwife. We … Continue reading

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