Unplanned Cesarean Birth. A warrior’s path.

Caesarean birth is not everyone’s first choice when planning the type of birth we’d like. For many women and people who give birth it would be the very last type of birth they’d opt for. So when we are faced with our least favourite choice, the thing we’d worked so hard to avoid, our worst… Continue reading Unplanned Cesarean Birth. A warrior’s path.

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.… Continue reading Birthing from Within Birth Preparation Weekend

Microbirth Premier film screening in Glastonbury

The Premier screening of Toni Harman’s new film will be shown globally on 20th September 2014. Following the successful screening of her previous film “Freedom for Birth” last year, I am pleased to be able to share her new film in Glastonbury. “Microbirth” is a new feature-length documentary looking at birth in a whole new… Continue reading Microbirth Premier film screening in Glastonbury

Radical Midwifery on the Road

According to the Association of Radical Midwives (ARM)  “In the mid 70s, the majority of pregnant women in UK had labour induced by artificial rupture of membranes (ARM) around the date they were “due”. These initials were used when the group needed a name, using the dictionary definition of “radical”, (roots, origins, basics, etc.) which… Continue reading Radical Midwifery on the Road

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… Continue reading Mary Cronk’s Assertiveness Phrases

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… Continue reading Birth keeper or Baby catcher?

The Third International Breech Birth Conference. Washington DC November 2012

I was lucky enough to be invited to lead a workshop at this years International Breech birth conference. My qualifications are that I have been lucky to work with Breech birth expert Mary Cronk MBE as an Independent midwife. We attended several breech births together and thus I started to learn breech birth skills. Our… Continue reading The Third International Breech Birth Conference. Washington DC November 2012

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 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.

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 tent project and The White ribbon Alliance, A lively discussion followed lead by our panel… Continue reading Freedom For Birth Film Premier

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 that they feel safe, loved and respected. They know and trust their midwife and know… Continue reading The Joy of birth