Breech Birth Network 2011

Having been a health professional for 30 years and a midwife for 13 years I love to share my knowledge. See below for scheduled study days or contact me to arrange a study day.

I gained a Diploma of Higher Education in Antenatal teaching, and taught National Childbirth Trust antenatal classes from 2002 to 2007.

Since 2009 I have taught private antenatal classes, and “Becoming A Midwife” workshops (for those wishing to become midwives).

I was first asked to teach student midwives at Bournemouth University in 2007. I have taught the 2nd year students about the Independent Midwifery Model annually since then, and have also spoken to the whole cohort about the importance of the mother-midwife relationship and the future of Independent Midwifery.

I have taught breech birth skills with with Mary Cronk MBE and Shawn Walker RM of The Breech Birth Network since 2011 .

In 2013 I started teaching Birthing from Within childbirth preparation classes.

I also carry a small Independent midwifery  and doula case load.

Please contact me on 07939247462 or email midwife@birthjoy.co.uk to enquire about booking a study day in your area.

Planning Ahead for 2014

My joy-full pregnancy drop-in group will have a new home in the red brick building Mondays 1-3pm.

Birthing From Within couples classes are in the planning stage for 2014.

1st  February Love, Birth Sex and Chocolate weekend with the wonderful Lara Fairy Love. Barracks Lane Community Garden, Oxford. Email Lara on saarrukaa@yahoo.co.uk or join the event on facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/226180474225543/?ref_dashboard_filter=calendar

15th March and 26th April – Empowering Midwifery workshops in Dorset with Chrissy Hustler “Spiritual midwifery in practice”. More details to follow.

The Norfolk Birth Gathering date to be confirmed

Midwives Rock – dates to be confirmed

I will be providing workshops at various festivals with “The wise woman collective” – dates and venues to be confirmed.


Teaching Schedule 2013

22nd November Doula UK study day with Shawn Walker in London.

11th November Brighton breech study day – a brief appearance to share photos of some of the more unusual breech births I have attended.

12th October- The Singing Midwife Tour  with Julie Dawid raising funds for IM UK. The fight for professional indemnity insurance for independent midwives.

18th September- Mother and Baby lunch club live web chat – ask the midwife session.

 6th September -MSLC meeting.Supporting women’s choice in breech birth”.

30th August to 1st September 2013. Da A Luz Midwifery Rocks course in Dorset- “Optimising straightforward vaginal birth”. Featuring my famous pelvic anatomy pants .

21st to 23rd June 2013. Birth Gathering, Norfolk – “Art as therapy for birth workers and their clients”.

30th May – 2nd June 2013. Doula Gathering Wales. “Working with the  mal positioned or mal presenting baby”.

18th-21st April 2013 Da A Luz Midwifery Rocks course in Spain. teaching “A Global perspective on politics and midwifery.”

Previous study days:

December 2012  “Once More Unto The Breech” study day in London, with Mary Cronk and Joy Horner – replaced by Shawn Walker due to unforseen circumstances.

November 2012 Heads Up International Breech Birth Conference in Washington DC. “Arse Backwards, Birth Stories”. What I have learnt about breech birth from Mary Cronk and the women I’ve cared for.

November 2012 Portsmouth hospital, Bournemouth university second year midwifery students. “The End Of Independent Midwifery?”

September 2012 Bournemouth University theme day . “Independent midwifery, the final chapter”.

July 2012 Bereavement study day in Woking– with Mel Scott of Finley’s footprints.

June 2012 Da a Luz birth festival Brighton with Vanessa Brooks. workshops include breech, twins and holding your own in the rocky sea of midwifery.

26th and 27th May 2012 Breech birth – a homage to Mary Cronk at the MAMA conference in Troon, Scotland.

19th May 2012 Once more unto the breech with Joy Horner and Mary Cronk at the Anglia Ruskin University. A study day for midwives and student midwives.

18th May 2012 Breech Birth  Bournemouth University study day for student midwives.

Saturday 3rd December 2011 in Glastonbury – Spiritual world of pregnancy conference  – see homepage for details

14th November 2011 Bournemouth University 2nd year student midwives The Role and Future of Authentic Midwifery with Joy Horner

22nd October 2011 Da a Luz, Spain – study day for birthworkers Breech birth skills with Joy Horner

15th October 2011 St Hellier Hospital, Carshalton – Study day for Midwives Once More Unto the Breech with Mary Cronk and Joy Horner.

13th October 2011 Taunton Birth Forum Breech Birth with Joy Horner including encouraging breech babies to turn and options for breech birth.

1st October 2011 Becoming a Midwife workshop with Joy Horner and Tara Windmill-Robson.

24th September 2011 Totnes -Study Day for doulas and midwives Once More Unto the Breech with Mary Cronk and Joy Horner.

6th August 2011 Aberystwyth Hospital -Study day for midwives Once More Unto the Breech with Mary Cronk and Joy Horner.

25th July 2011 London- Doula workshop Supporting Breech Birth Choices with Shawn Walker and Joy Horner.

15th-17th July 2011 Buddafields festival Pregnancy and Birth Workshops facilitated by the brilliant Vanessa Brooks. Ably assisted by Roma Norriss, Raminda speedwell-Walters, Julie Dawid , and Joy Horner

18th/19th June 2011 Westbury Birth Festival Professional Indemnity Insurance and The future of Independent Midwifery with Sadie and Joy Horner.

5th June 2011 Sunrise festival Your Perfect Pelvis with Joy horner. Featuring the anatomy of the pelvis and pelvic floor muscles, pelvic floor exercises and perineal massage. and positions to facilitate baby’s passage through the pelvis.

20th May 2011 Bournemouth University, 1st year student midwives The Mother -Midwife Relationship with Joy Horner and a very important Dad.

10th February 2011 Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital- study day for midwives and Obstetricians An Introduction to Breech Birth Skills with Mary Cronk, Joy Horner and Shawn Walker.

Joy Full Birth Group topics include: Pregnancy relaxation, birth art, perineal massage, pelvic floor exercises, greeting your baby, orgasmic birth

3 thoughts on “Teaching

  1. Hi Joy!

    I am one of the second year student midwives from Bournemouth.I just wanted to say a huge thank you on behalf of all of us, for the time you took to come and chat with us (and bring us beautiful homemade brownies!) We really appreciate your effort and truly value all your wonderful knowledge!

    Thanks Again

    Amy x

  2. Hi Joy
    I am a final year student midwife training in the South. I attended a breech birth study day in 2013 which you spoke at and you, along with the rest of the day, truly inspired me.
    I am interested to put a piece in my portfolio (final assessment for this year) about breech birth and would like to base it around reflections on a picture or a sculpture of breech birth. I have found a single pendant depicting a sort of breech so far but nothing more, and was hoping you might perhaps be able to point me in the right direction to get something I could work around?

    Thanks so much, Alex

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