Spirituality

Spiritual Birth

Understanding spirituality in midwifery and birth is something that can illuminate our experiences as women and birth professionals. Spiritual birth is not just about candle-lit homebirths with chanting; it is recognising the spiritual in each and every individual. Seeing the meaning in the transformative experience of pregnancy, birth and motherhood. In this acknowledgement we cannot… Read More Spiritual Birth

Practice

Being a conscious midwife

Continuing professional development is important in our work with women as doulas, midwives and birth professionals. We expand our knowledge but also challenge our perceptions too, to explore new ways of being and working. A few years ago I studied with Kara Maria Ananda on her Conscious Birth Emissary online learning course. It helped me… Read More Being a conscious midwife

Practice

From midwife to doula…

As I continued my doula experience, I noted something occurring, a process, a journey. I’m not sure there is an end place, but I am travelling a path that winds itself through my consciousness and being. “I have to accept the change within me and own it. I am evolving.” ………………………………………………………………………………….   Midwifery to me… Read More From midwife to doula…

Informed Choice

Choice and Control

National guidelines recommend that women be listened to within a culture of respect, in which she is in control (NICE, 2014). Well, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has just published its findings from the latest maternity survey, which asks women who have given birth in 2017 about their experiences of the maternity services, with responses… Read More Choice and Control