I am an Antenatal Educator, Perinatal Consultant, Birth Companion, and Professional Advocate 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 helping hundreds of families to support you What I do I provide one to… Continue reading I am a Former Registered Midwife, serving families as a Birth Companion, and Pregnancy, Birth and Postnatal Specialist.
Pregnancy and birth support in Somerset The current pandemic situation is disrupting most people’s plans for birth, and many families are contacting me with questions. The guidance is changing daily so please check with your local maternity unit for up to date information. Here is what the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the… Continue reading Pregnancy, labour, and postnatal support during the covid-19 virus restrictions
Haven’t you heard? Independent Midwives are still alive and kicking! I initially wrote this in 2015 to clear up the misinformation being given to women who were seeking care from an Independent Midwife. A lot has changed since then, but we’re still here. You may or may not know who Independent Midwives are. You may… Continue reading Have you heard? Independent Midwives are still alive and kicking!
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 workshop will prepare you for your journey to parenthood. Prepare for birth as a Rite of Passage.… Continue reading Birthing from Within Birth Preparation Weekend
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 it will become law – unless we can convince the powers that be to not… Continue reading Please Help Save Independent Midwifery by commenting on the Professional Indemnity insurance consultation document
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 on the midwifery register, and therefore will be unable to provide midwifery care legally. This… Continue reading Choose your midwife choose your birth campaign 2013
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 that I know by heart, and have recommended to many women. I had the pleasure of working with Mary… Continue reading Mary Cronk’s Assertiveness Phrases
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 facebook post which said “because maternity care providers are not serving mothers’ needs, more doulas and… Continue reading Birth keeper or Baby catcher?
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 to the hard work of Independent Midwives UK (IM UK). These dedicated midwives have failed… Continue reading 2013 A New Era in Midwifery or Withdrawal of Women’s Childbirth Choices?
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 in childbirth, facilitate discussions, and to support women on their journeys to parenthood. You don’t have… Continue reading Association of Radical Midwives monthly discussion group.