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Don’t Give up

Don’t Give up

My journey in midwifery has not been a linear conventional one. In fact I am totally amazed that I’m still a midwife and actually have a contract working in the NHS. But I’m an intersectional feminist birth activist, so giving up was never really going to happen was...

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Reasons to be Joyful

Reasons to be Joyful

Caroline Flint offers us a healthy dose of her characteristic wit and wisdom in this inspiring article. She shares her reasons for feeling optimistic about birth and the opportunities that midwives and women can grasp even during the COVID-19 crisis.After years and...

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20 Ways to Support Labour

20 Ways to Support Labour

I've just popped together a simple list of ideas to use when supporting someone through labour. As a doula I spent many hours supporting women in the latent phase of labour at home and sometimes it can be hard to keep that energy flowing through the hours of the...

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Birth out of the Box –  A Twin Homebirth

Birth out of the Box – A Twin Homebirth

I have quite a varied role in my work – for which I am grateful. I generally have three small jobs. They include teaching and practising holistic therapies,specializing in womens reproductive health and well-being.  The other side of my role involves teaching...

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Being Black and Birthing in the West

Being Black and Birthing in the West

One of the legacies of colonisation, and the continued colonisation of different groups of people, is the deliberate throwing away of cultural heritage and knowledge. When I was younger, actually even now, my mum would talk about fish. ‘I dream a fish’, she’d say. We...

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Induction Voices

Induction Voices

Autonomous responsible midwives who assist parents to have their babies in gentle, holistic ways are very fortunate in the vast majority of cases to see the beauty and perfection of spontaneous, physiological birth. If our clever hands are needed we use them...

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MIDWIFERY WALKS: Elizabeth Thompson Walk

MIDWIFERY WALKS: Elizabeth Thompson Walk

Elizabeth ThompsonElizabeth Thompson was a midwife practising in and around Kendal in the mid- to late 17th century. A diary, kept from 1669 to shortly before her death in 1675, lists the births she attended and the places where those births took place. The main walk...

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