I am a Former Registered Midwife, serving families as a Sacred Birthkeeper, Practitioner of Shamanic Womancraft, and Pregnancy, Birth and Postnatal Consultant.

About Me

My Name is Joy Horner and I am a former Independent Midwife. I am no longer a Registered midwife but can still use my knowledge and experience gained from caring for hundreds of families, and my Shamanic Womancraft four seasons training, to support you through pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.

I am a Perinatal Consultant, Sacred Birthkeeper, Professional Advocate and Antenatal Educator providing Inclusive, Trauma-informed, and Birth Imprint aware care for all families.

What I offer

I provide one to one online, and in person practical, emotional and spiritual care, support and caring for you throughout your pregnancy, labour and after birth through the shamanic perspective of interconnectedness. I also have several online courses and classes, Podcast and a YouTube channel to support you on your journey.

If you choose to work with me, I can

  1. Inform you of your maternity rights and options
  2. Help you navigate your way through the maternity care system.
  3. Support you if you decide not to engage with Maternity services
  4. Respect, support and provide truly inclusive care for you as a unique individual,
  5. Provide evidence-based information
  6. Support and uphold your choices
  7. Prepare you for your VBAC, Breech birth or complex pregnancy and birth
  8. Help you prepare for birth after previous trauma
  9. Offer confidential consultations online or in person.
  10. Respect your cultural, religious and spiritual beliefs and practices
  11. Give tips to optimise your chances of straightforward birth
  12. Be your labour and birth supporter in person or virtually, at home, in a birth centre or in hospital.
  13. Prepare you for the realities and joys of parenthood.
  14. Support your wellbeing in your early days as a new parent and share tips for baby care, feeding, and settling baby, and your postnatal recovery
  15. Offer Connecting with Joy sessions to explore your own birth or explore birth from your baby’s perspective

What I can not do

  1. Deliver your baby – it’s you who delivers your baby!
  2. Bring drugs or midwifery equipment to your birth
  3. Give midwifery advice or tell you what to do.
  4. Listen to your baby’s heart in labour
  5. Take the place of a midwife at your homebirth.

My Experience

  1. I have been a mother for 30+ years. I have 2 grown up sons.
  2. I was a Registered Midwife for 21 years and a Registered General Nurse for 20 years .
  3. I gained a diploma in antenatal education through the National Childbirth Trust (NCT).
  4. I am an accredited 3 step rewind practitioner and have and a couple of counselling certificates.
  5. I did a 2 day training with Penny Simkin called When Survivors Give Birth
  6. I have attended spinning babies and shoulder dystocia study days with Gail Tully of Spinning babies
  7. I left the midwifery register to become a birthkeeper in 2023
  8. I am a trustee for a local baby-loss charity called Towards Tomorrow Together
  9. I visited The Farm in Tennessee to See why Ina May Gaskin’s Statistics are so good
  10. I completed a year’s training in Shamanic Womancraft with Jane Hardwicke-Collings in 2016
  11. I trained in Integrative baby therapy with Matthew Appleton in 2019-2021
  12. I completed a 2 year course looking into my own birth called my birth story in 2023
  13. I teach study days and at conferences both nationally and Internationally.
  14. I became a director and project weaver for the Sacred Birth Centre in Glastonbury in 2023
  15. And too many other study days and workshops to list here

Contact me to find out how I can support you

Email Joy@birthjoy.co.uk

or call me on 07939247462 for a free 15 minute clarity call

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