Hello, and a very big welcome to my first blog.
After 19years as a Midwife I'm so excited to be able to share my wisdom with pregnant women, families, and birth workers in 2018. I am launching my Preparation for Birth, and Life With a New Baby courses very soon. I will also be sharing my midwifery wisdom for the education of other midwives and birth workers. So I'd like to introduce myself and tell you a bit about my experience and passions in life.
I am currently a Registered Midwife living in the UK. I became a Registered nurse in 1987, before training as a midwife. I have practiced as a midwife for 18 years, and have been an Independent Midwife for the past 12 years. I have worked in hospital Obstetric Units, Co-located and Stand-alone Birth Centres, and have attended many home births. The longer I practiced the more high-risk cases I seemed to attract, and so gained a lot of VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean) and Breech birth experience. I also specialised in helping women give birth after previous trauma, so they could experience a gentle healing birth. I've recently added skype consultations to the list of services I provide.
I really love teaching, and gained a diploma in Antenatal Education in 2002. I taught for the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) for a couple of years before teaching my own classes in 2004.
I set up the Portsmouth Home birth support group in 2005, and started a birth choices group when I moved to Somerset in 2010. This group has expanded into weekly Antenatal classes, a Women's Pregnancy Support Group, Positive Birth Group and a New Parent Group.
I also enjoy teaching Midwives and other birth workers (and doctors - given half a chance!). I've taught at large conferences as well as in small groups, in many areas of the UK, Finland, Spain, and Washington DC. I have done Live webinars on the subject of Breech birth for The Association of Radical Midwives (ARM) in 2014, and the Indie Birth Association in 2017. I am pictured (on the right) above, with the brilliant midwife, Gail Hart, after both teaching at the Midwifery Today conference in Helsinki in 2017.
So here I am at the beginning of 2018, ready for my next teaching challenge. Distilling the professional knowledge I've gained in the past 33 years, mixed with my 15 years of teaching and 24years parenting experience, and condensing it into easily digestible courses. I cant wait to get started. How about you?
See you all soon. Joy x