Live courses at last - participants in Sunday's Biomechanics Foundation course at Effraspace poses for end of day pictures!
Last time this page was updated we were optimistic we might see a return to live dates fairly soon. It's a very different picture today. Quarantine and the frequency of rule changes mean there's too much uncertainty - we will have to see what surprises Mr Johnson springs on us to know when they can start again but we aren't betting on much changing before June 2021 so all live courses are off for the foreseeable future.
Interest in online courses is snowballing - with courses going further and further afield. I ran a course with a group of Doualas in Saudi Arabia and there's another booked, a course in Croatia, and maybe a course for Bermudan midwives is on it's way (virtual sadly!) Online courses are fully booked until 3/4th March - there are new dates on 23/24th March, 8/9th April, 20/21st April, 5/6th May and 25/26th May.
Latest Update from the RCOG on pregnancy and covid
Updates from 12/01/2021 with comprehensive C19 news for pregnant people can be found here : https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/guidelines/coronavirus-pregnancy/covid-19-virus-infection-and-pregnancy/
"Galactic Baby" -award winning image from Cat Fancote - all rights reserved https://birthphotographyperth.com.au/
Over the past few years, there have been times when the debate about childbirth and especially choices about how and where to give birth, have become deeply polarised. As always, the media have been quick to reduce the debate to extremes, pitting dire warnings of “certain death if a baby is born at home” against "natural birth at any price".
While these extreme views do exist among birth practitioners they are rare, but any birth practitioner not blindly wedded to the guidelines will acknowledge there is much about the status quo in many obstetric units that work actively against "a good birth". It’s also recognised that challenging institutional drivers of practices can be very difficult, even those with little or no evidence to support them.
As a midwife my role is to help women have the best birth possible. I understand the medical model plays an important role but I also believe many interventions are used inappropriately. All too frequently attempts to question mainstream practice tends to degenerate into a “natural birth versus managed birth” argument. That’s the wrong debate. It should be “how birth practitioners can embrace best practice to make sure all women can have an optimal birth”.
This site was initially created to publicise my planned post retirement business, teaching women the approaches to labour and birth I’d evolved to help them have the best birth possible. Events have pushed me from antenatal teaching into a roving trainer for professional colleagues who are motivated by the same urge to help women have an “Optimal Birth”. It's taken over my life over the past 18 months - one of the positives of the enforced break is having time to develop online resources for both pregnant women and colleagues - no more excuses for delays!