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The Birthkeeper’s Path 10 moons course 2025

What is the birthkeepers path? The birthkeepers path is a 10 month journey which invites you to dive deep into women’s mysteries, ritual and ceremony as you accompany families through the transformative states of pregnancy birth and becoming parents. Taught by Jady Mountjoy, an experienced doula and menstruality educator, and Joy Horner, a former independent […]

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 […]

Pregnancy, labour, and postnatal support during the covid-19 virus restrictions

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 […]

Have you heard? Independent Midwives are still alive and kicking!

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 […]

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 workshop will prepare you for your journey to parenthood. Prepare for birth as a Rite of Passage. […]

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 it will become law – unless we can convince the powers that be to not […]

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 on the midwifery register, and therefore will be unable to provide midwifery care legally. This […]

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 that I know by heart, and have recommended to many women. I had the pleasure of working with Mary […]

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 facebook post which said “because maternity care providers are not serving mothers’ needs, more doulas and […]