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Born on Christmas Day; 3 points of view

by Kevin Nugent at December 21, 2016

When my phone rang at 7am on Christmas morning and Leilah’s husband James, told me she was having irregular contractions, my ears pricked up.  This was Leilah’s first baby and the expected due date was 25 December. Throughout her pregnancy Leilah was adamant it wouldn’t be Christmas Day, just too inconvenient for everyone.  I agreed […]


Why Pretending to be an Olympian is Great News for Pregnant Women!

by Kevin Nugent at August 4, 2016

On the eve of the Olympic Games, independent midwife Kay Hardie considers the benefits of exercise in pregnancy. The Rio Olympics start this week and our attention will be focused on elite athletes at their peak fitness, competing in their chosen sports. It got me thinking about women athletes who could have been pregnant during […]


Independent Midwifery and Homebirth – A Father’s Point of View

by Kevin Nugent at July 18, 2016

Last year IMUK member Virginia Howes supported Suzanne Shaw and Sam Greenfield in welcoming their son Raffery into the world.  Here for the IMUK website, Sam tells his story. The second Suzanne broke the news to me that she was pregnant I was, of course, ecstatic, but I also had an enormous sense of anxiety […]


Waiting For Baby Jacob

by Kevin Nugent at June 16, 2016

By Rachel O’Neill My baby arrived 23 days past my ‘due date.’ Although you don’t hear about these ‘prolonged pregnancies’ that often, let me tell you there’s a whole community of 10- month mamas out there! This is our story… My due date was 23rd April 2015. I knew this was fairly accurate because I […]


Which Birth Choice

by Kevin Nugent at May 11, 2016

Which has published some information for expectant parents on private midwifery care options. IMUK Member Amanda Garside is featured, and briefly talks through the benefits of hiring an independent midwife. IMUK are passionate about all the aspects raised, including being able to provide continuity of care, a flexible way of working, and tailor made support […]


Meet Our Members: Heather Berry

by Kevin Nugent at April 12, 2016

Heather has been working as a midwife for over 30 years. Her road from student midwife to my current role as self-employed independent midwife has been long and convoluted. Highlights include her first community post as relief for Mary Cronk MBE when she started working with the then regulatory body. Her teachings and wisdom relating the […]


A Worldwide Journey for Mother and Midwife – Day 14

by Kevin Nugent at April 3, 2016

Day 14 – Homecoming And so at the end of the day, 14 days after I arrived scared, worried, and wondering what the near future had to offer, my time here in Karachi, Pakistan has drawn to a close. I am awaiting my transport to the airport; the much loved and trusted Muna will take […]


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