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March 25, 2016

A Worldwide Journey for Mother and Midwife – Day 5

Day 5 – Paperwork, Preparations and a Pool “Please” I woke up saying “please let’s have a relaxed day of no restaurants, lunches, trips out, family visits, discussions or debates”. I am exhausted with the loveliness of it all. The best thing is I slept quite well so I am feeling much better than the […]

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March 24, 2016

A Worldwide Journey for Mother and Midwife – Day 4

Day 4 – Food, Glorious Food I am not sure if it is jet lag or just insomnia but I managed at most around 5 hours sleep last night and woke this morning feeling very tired, muggy and with a thick headache. I wondered if I could get through the day! Sunia served me a […]

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March 23, 2016

A Worldwide Journey for Mother and Midwife – Day 3

Day 3 – A Trip to the Shops Thinking I had escaped it, jet lag hit hard last night and, following a period of insomnia, I struggled to wake this morning at 10.30 and did so with a muggy head. Mornings in this household are late and unhurried, so it compliments my current cycle and, […]

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March 22, 2016

A Worldwide Journey for Mother and Midwife – Day 2

Day 2- Birth Plans I woke up this morning wondering what the day ahead would hold as I was going with Sofia to consult with a doctor. Sofia wants a home VBAC but her extended family are not supportive due to worries about safety. Pakistanis, no matter how westernised, are very patriarchal, and when a […]

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March 21, 2016

A Worldwide Journey for Mother and Midwife – Day 1

DAY 1 – Touchdown in Karachi  It is not one but two flights I was about to embark on, and although I usually love travelling, on this occasion I wasn’t looking forward to the long journey ahead. The journey and adventure I was about to go on was not without worry and trepidation especially having […]

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March 19, 2016

Watch This Space for something new from Virginia Howes…

Did you read “The Baby’s Coming” by Virginia Howes? The 5 star book told her journey to qualifying as a midwife, as well as the stories of some of her most memorable births. Virginia continues to be involved with amazing woman and fantastic birth stories and she has decided to give her latest story to us […]


February 24, 2016

National Maternity Review: Q&A with Jacqui Tomkins

The NHS England commissioned National Maternity Review has published its recommendations as to how maternity services should change over the next five years.   Independent midwife and IMUK Chair Jacqui Tomkins explains what they could mean for independent midwives and the women they care for. There’s been a predictably mixed reaction to the recommendations of the […]

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December 5, 2015

Boot story – What Midwives Carry to Homebirths

Alright, you have decided to look into the option of homebirth because you heard that the current national guidelines suggest that as a healthy woman expecting a healthy baby, you are less likely to have medical interventions, for example episiotomies and caesarean sections, but also have far better clinical outcomes for you and your little […]


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