Author Archives: Joy

Association of Radical Midwives monthly discussion group.

This is a local group for the support of peaceful pregnancy, birth and parenting. Hosted by Joy Horner, radical midwife, mum, lecturer and some day writer. Inspired by the Freedom For Birth film I am determined to impart information about human rights … Continue reading

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Taunton Birth Forum 4th September 2012

I was delighted to have made it to The Taunton Birth Forum this month as I have had such a busy Summer I have missed a few. It is always a pleasure to See Eleanor Copp and her husband Simon … Continue reading

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Freedom For Birth Film Premier

FREEDOM FOR BIRTH – GLOBAL FILM LAUNCH GIVES BIRTH TO THE  MOTHER’S REVOLUTION Glastonbury film premier on Thursday 20th September 2012. was a resounding success! we filled 40 seats and had people sitting on the floor! £100 each was raised for The red … Continue reading

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MAMA Conference 26th and 27th April 2012

Birth Joy (C) 2011 I have just returned from the fabulous MAMA Conference in Troon, Scotland, organised by the brilliant Cassie MacNamara. Mary Cronk MBE had been booked as a speaker but had recently suffered a bereavement, and asked me … Continue reading

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The Joy of birth

Has anyone ever told you that birth can be pleasurable or even pain free? It may be a very strange concept to women bombarded with stories of painful or traumatic birth. As an Independent midwife I rarely see women needing pharmacological pain relief, the main reasons being … Continue reading

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Copyright and the sharing of information

After an awkward issue arose between some midwifery colleagues over use of each other’s materials without consent I was prompted to write this page. I believe all information is knowledge, knowledge is power and therefore should be shared to empower … Continue reading

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“Am I allowed?”

A woman this week asked me one of the things that make me want to get on my soapbox about assertiveness and women’s rights.  What she said was “are you allowed to give birth to a breech baby?” My response, … Continue reading

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2nd SPIRITUAL WORLD OF PREGNANCY STUDY DAY

2nd SPIRITUAL WORLD OF PREGNANCY STUDY DAY St Mary’s Church Hall, Glastonbury Saturday 3RD December 2011 Womb as world-Hannya Melrose Core process psychotherapist, prenatal & birth therapy Herbs that whisper of life and tenderness-Amanda Rayment Herbalist and workshop facilitator Songs … Continue reading

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Breech Birth

Breech birth is a very complex subject which needs in depth discussion with your care provider. I am lucky to have worked with one of the UK’s most experienced breech birth midwives, Mary Cronk, learning what I can about these … Continue reading

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Da a Luz

Just returned from a wonderful week in Spain. I met the wonderful Vanessa Brooks for the first time this year, and offered to share my experiences of breech births with her in Spain. Unfortunately I was only able to spend … Continue reading

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