Joy Horner, Mary Cronk MBE, and Dr Shawn Walker (Breech Birth Network event, Norwich 2011)

I was a health professional for 37 years and a midwife for 21 years. I left the midwifery register in 2021 and now support families and birthworkers in a non-clinical capacity. I love sharing my knowledge and skills to enable Birthkeepers, and the Families they care for to access non-biased information.

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

Since 2007 I have taught private “Birth Joy” antenatal classes, as well as workshops for doulas and midwives, and students.

I ran a Homebirth group in Portsmouth from 2005 to 2010 which evolved into a Birth Joy pregnancy group when I moved to Glastonbury in 2010. Since then I’ve run Village Prenatal and New Parent groups locally.

I was first asked to teach student midwives at Bournemouth University in 2007. I have taught students about the Independent Midwifery Model for many years since then, and have also spoken to whole cohorts about the importance of the mother-midwife relationship, vaginal breech birth and caring for clients with complex needs.

I taught “Once more unto the Breech” breech birth skills alongside my mentor Mary Cronk MBE from 2007 to 2016.

I have taught internationally in Spain, Washington DC, and Finland so far.

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


Online courses for families and Birth workers

Oxytocin workshop recording February 2021 – watch again here for just £10

Active birth workshop 2021 recording – watch again for £15 here

See all courses here


Contact me to speak at your conference, or attend one of my workshops.

Email joy@birthjoy.co.uk or phone me on 07939247462 for further information.


2023 Workshops and trainings

May 1st, 2nd and 3rd – Da A Luz, Spain – teaching the 3 day Deep wisdom module, taking the long view as a birthkeeper, the weird and wonderful, and Birthkeeper challenges and poor outcomes.

May 5th – Sacred Birth Centre Launch event. Goddess House, Glastonbury, UK.

May 25th, 26th and 27thDa A Luz, Spain -Midwives Rock weekend teaching birth from a baby’s perspective, and clay yoni crafting.

June 9th 10th and 11th– Wise Woman Collective, Summer school in Cornwall.

June 14th– Mother of the groom duties, Bristol, Cake making and having a great time with my family.

August – Da A Luz Wales, Summer school – Postponed due to unforeseen circumstances.

Sacred Birthkeeper training in Glastobury – dates TBC

October 11th-16th – Midwifery Today conference in Bad Wilbad, Germany.

November 11th and 12th – Sacred Birth Centre conference, Glastonbury, UK.

Spiritual dimensions of pregnancy workshop with Jady Mountjoy.


Publications

ARM Midwifery Matters – breech birth

ARM Midwifery Matters 2021

AIMS Journal 2022 – Thoughts on induction


Interviews and podcasts


Previous Workshops

Teaching 2022

10th and 11th December – Homebirth Emergency Skills

Avalon Constitutional club, Glastonbury. £250 for 2 days of workshops covering practical information about helping a baby to breathe, Post Partum Haemorrhage, Shoulder Dystocia and unplanned breech birth. Refreshments and lunch included. To book email douladoulasarah@gmailcom

November – Birth from the baby’s perspective, Online course for parents and birthworkers

Our experiences in the womb, in birth, and shortly after birth can shape our sense of who we are, and our perceptions of the world. Our conventional cultural understanding of babies and prenates can limit how we welcome them into the world.

Integrative baby therapy draws from a number of sources including Pre and Perinatal Psychology, Body Psychotherapy and Craniosacral Therapy. It is also informed by recent research in areas such as self-regulation, neurobiology, epigenetics, biodynamic embryology, attachment theory, traumatology and cross-cultural studies. I will describe the four stages of birth from a baby’s perspective (as opposed to the three stages of birth from the obstetrical perspective), and how each of these stages may impact babies. This may manifest as an unsettled baby who is hard to settle or cries a lot. You will learn how to listen to babies, and to help them integrate these early experiences.
We will also explore attachment and how unresolved prenatal and birth trauma can impact this.

November 27th – Nadia Raafat, yoga for pregnancy teacher training

Teaching about the birth process, birth hormones, and birth rights. Find out more about Nadia’s yoga for pregnancy teacher training courses here

October 10th and 11th -Da a Luz, Spain 

welcoming the new 2022 midwifery cohort

September 4th – Simply Rawgeous festival

Birth from the baby’s perspective 2 hour workshop. Starts 4pm

July – Da a Luz oasis Wales – freebirth Breech birth etc To find out more about the course. Email Debs at daaluzoasis@yahoo.com to book a place or to find out more.

24th/25th/26thJune – Birth Gathering

In Cornwall, sharing my teachings on the shamanic and spiritual dimensions of pregnancy, birth and parenting, and what I’ve learnt from my midwifery mentor Mrs Mary Cronk MBE

Ist March Birth from the baby’s perspective 

Our experiences in the womb, in birth, and shortly after birth can shape our sense of who we are, and our perceptions of the world. Our conventional cultural understanding of babies and prenates can limit how we welcome them into the world.

Integrative baby therapy draws from a number of sources including Pre and Perinatal Psychology, Body Psychotherapy and Craniosacral Therapy. It is also informed by recent research in areas such as self-regulation, neurobiology, epigenetics, biodynamic embryology, attachment theory, traumatology and cross-cultural studies. I will describe the four stages of birth from a baby’s perspective (as opposed to the three stages of birth from the obstetrical perspective), and how each of these stages may impact babies. This may manifest as an unsettled baby who is hard to settle or cries a lot. You will learn how to listen to babies, and to help them integrate these early experiences.
We will also explore attachment and how unresolved prenatal and birth trauma can impact this.

Joy HornerJoy Horner is a mother, a former independent midwife and registered nurse who now works as a perinatal consultant, childbirth educator and birth keeper in the South West.
 

 

 

2020 and 2021 classes were mostly online due to the global pandemic.

live Oxytocin workshop recording February 2021 – watch again here for just £10
Active birth workshop 2021 recording – watch again here 

Midwifery Today and Da a Luz Spain were cancelled due to travel restrictions

In 2021 I taught on a revolutionary type of birth-Keeper training in the UK.

The Da-a-Luz Team are delighted to announce the start of our UK course in 2021 ? We are hosting a Zoom workshop 9th January & will introduce you to the core team, their roles & teaching subjects on the course ? Gain a magical insight to how you could become a holistic birth keeper serving families with full honour & respect ? Our course offers 31 modules over 9 months with a live in option, to equip you with knowledge, skills & passion to create a birth culture that embraces the old traditions, new evidence & nurtures our birthing rites ? You will go on a personal journey of discovery, learning skills to self care & diving deep into knowing if this calling is for you ? Flyer coming very soon but if you’d like to add your email to our list to be the first to know tell me here or Debs at: daaluzoasis@yahoo.com The Da-a-Luz Team ?

To find out more about the course. Email Debs at daaluzoasis@yahoo.com to book a place or to find out more.


2019 Classes

My  Joy-full pregnancy drop-in group has a new home in my garden studio in Glastonbury every Wednesday 10am-12 midday.

Our popular Positive birth group runs every Wednesday 12-2pm in my garden studio in Glastonbury.

Birth Joy Active Birth class

A one day birth preparation class focused on having a Joy-full active birth.
Open and inclusive to all pregnant people and their birth partners. Whether this is your first time or if you have given birth before, you’ll learn practical skills and tips to optimise your chances of having a straightforward birth.

I am increasingly hearing from people who have had poor birth experiences, which can have far reaching consequences. I believe that knowledge is power. If you know your rights and choices you can make the best decisions about your care.

I’ve specially designed this class to help you have the best birth possible by combining my 19 years midwifery knowledge, my training with the National Childbirth Trust, direct learning from Ina May Gaskin (Spiritual Midwifery author), Gail Tully (Spinning Babies), Jane Hardwicke Collings (Ten Moons author) and others, blended with my own gentle mothering and life experience. You will leave this class feeling nourished, nurtured and Empowered.

Just £50 for the class or £90 for 2 people.

50% discount if you are a member of my Joyfull weekly pregnancy group 

Concessions available if unwaged. Contact me for details.

Set in the beautiful town of Glastonbury. This is a small class so book soon to avoid disappointment.

Birth Partners class

Join Joy Horner and Jady Mountjoy for this much requested Birth Partner’s Class.
This one day intensive is aimed at those who are pregnant and their birth partners.
The content will focus on how birth partners can support and play an active part in labour and birth, whilst getting the most out of this important event.

Joy and Jady have attended hundreds of births as a Doula and a Midwife respectively. Their combined experience including a diploma in childbirth education, working and learning from international childbirth experts, combined with 25 years of parenting, have been distilled into this unique class.

In this masterclass you will learn:

* How to create a safe space for labour and birth.
* Practical skills – how to help your partner relax and cope with labour sensations.
* How to communicate effectively with your partner and health professionals during labour.
* How to get the most from your role as birth supporter.
* The importance of Self care when caring for someone in labour.
* Practical ways to help after birth.
* The rights and choices available in labour and birth.

*Early bird offer £80 per couple * up to and including 9th June.
From 10th June full price £90 per couple.
Concessions available.
Joyful pregnancy group attendees get discount.


Previous study days:

October 2017 – Midwifery Today Finland – Keynote speaker

1st  February 2014 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 2014- Empowering Midwifery workshops in Dorset with Chrissy Hustler “Spiritual midwifery in practice”. More details to follow.

August 2014 The Norfolk Birth Gathering

March 2015 Midwives Rock 

Teaching workshops at various festivals with “The wise woman collective” 

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 malpositioned or mal presenting baby”.

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

December 2012  “Once More Unto The Breech” study day in London, with Mary Cronk and Joy Horner 

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.

Birth Joy pregnancy class belly painting

3 thoughts on “Teaching and Workshops

  1. Amy Francis says:

    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. Alex says:

    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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