Big babies: “I can probably do anything I ever wanted to do in the universe ever”

I’ve treated this birth story to its own blog post as I love it so much. Everything about it reminds me why I love my job. Wonderful Clare, who did the birthing and the scribing, is my first Whitstable client. We didn’t meet until a couple of weeks before her estimated due date but (and I fear for the sake of both of our livers) it is clearly going to be a long acquaintance.  If you are interested in a story about overcoming birth... Read More

Positive News for Homebirth in Hackney

Following a petition signed by over 1000 I’m pleased to report some positive news about homebirth in Hackney. Read More Tweet Read More

I am a big fan of the brilliant Hackney Homebirth Support group so when I moved to Ramsgate this summer I hunted for something similar. Unable to find it I decided to start my own group, joining 150 other such groups around the UK to offer independent and informal support to all those interested in homebirth. Our first meeting took place last night and it was great to welcome 10 interested people to my home to chat all things homebirth-related and... Read More

NCT Pregnancy and Birth evening in Whitstable

This Sunday (the 24th June 2012) while I’m frantically bubblewrapping my birth pools and gently stuffing Ina May, Michel Odent and Janet Balaskas in packing cases, the Canterbury and District branch of the NCT are hosting a free and fab-sounding preganncy and birth evening. From 7-9pm All Saints Church Hall in Whitstable (over in my new East Kent neck of the woods don’t you know) will play host to midwives, doulas, antenatal teachers,... Read More

My body my choice: Human Rights in Childbirth

Last week I set out for The Hague to attend the world’s first Human Rights in Childbirth conference. Organised by the Hermine Hayes-Klein of the Bynkershoek Institute, it’s aim was to gather leading thinkers, professionals, practitioners and others from across the world and across the disciplines to discuss and debate the question: What are the Rights and Responsibilities of Birthing Women? I could blather on for months about the incredible... Read More

New Homebirth Team at Whipps Cross

Following this post about the Whipps Cross homebirth service I wanted to give you a quick update. After a brief period of Independent Midwives attending local homebirths (read this birth story for more information), women living in the Whipps catchment area are now eligible to access the new dedicated homebirth team. Suzan and Detta, two experienced and lovely midwives are running the service, which will hopefully expand as demand grows. They... Read More

Dear Mr Anaesthetist

On Wednesday night I made a new friend on twitter. Whilst broadcasting both of our, rather different, thoughts on the Channel 4 documentary One Born Every Minute, an anaesthetist and I collided across our respective wi-fi’s. You can read our discussion here (look out for @welsh_gas_doc). I’ve had similar conversations before in the real world. They generally start off a bit less confrontational when you are face-to-face, but I’ve... Read More

Whipps Cross Homebirth service resumed!

I’m leaving this post up for historical purposes, but the most up-to-date information about the Whipps homebirth team can be found here.   I’m getting lots of google traffic from people searching for information on the Whipps Cross homebirth service so wanted to post all I know about the current situation here. 1. Whipps have committed to offering a continuous homebirth service and have done so publicly in the Waltham Forest Guardian.... Read More

Homebirth debate: The Hackney Doula on the gogglebox

So, I ummed and ahhed about whether to post this. It seems a bit vain to post a video of yourself and lightly embarrassing when you consider my first-timer classic errors of looking at the wrong camera and waving my arms like a loon. However, I decided there were some good points in there and you might all forgive me my moments of idiocy in light of trying to correct some mis-interpretations of the Birthplace study and myths about birth in general. Be... Read More

Birthplace study: the bigger picture

It was inevitable that yesterday’s Birthplace study would cause the kind of chest-beating, hair-tearing, teeth-gnashing media frenzy that is reserved especially for anything related to birth choices. Ah well! Important to let them all have their fun, eh? Well actually no it isn’t. Being as it impacts on the lives of so many of us I think there should have been a few more valiant attempts to report this vital new research in its propert... Read More

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