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May 26, 2015

Q&A with Suyai Steinhauer

IMUK member Suyai Steinhauer is currently caring for the Amish community in the USA, from where she took some rare time out to speak to us about her work and (with permission) her experiences caring for women there. Thanks for your time Suyai, you must be busy. Firstly, where are you exactly and who do […]


May 11, 2015

A taste of independence

The first independent midwife I ever came into contact with was the lovely Annabel Bryant, we began chatting in early 2014 through a Facebook page and she sent me messages of support during my application process for university and my big move to London in 2014, not even always about midwifery, but always so supportive […]


April 14, 2015

Whose decision is it anyway?

All That Matters: Women’s Rights in Childbirth, a Guardian Shorts Original by Doula UK Director, and co-Chair of Birthrights, Rebecca Schiller was published as an e-book earlier this year. In this exclusive extract for IMUK blog readers, Rebecca explores the complex issues surrounding maternal autonomy and where final decision-making rests. You can read the extract […]


March 25, 2015

It isn’t only pregnant women who end up traumatised after watching ‘One Born Every Minute’, it’s midwives too.

At the BJM awards recently, where excellence in midwifery was being celebrated, something was made apparent when a guest speaker mentioned the dreaded ‘One Born Every Minute’ TV programme … yup it was made clear that amongst the midwives in the room the common opinion was that the programme was worthy of nothing more than […]


March 17, 2015

Sowing the seeds of future health

‘Microbirth’ told us of the importance to our immune systems of seeding the microbiome.  Independent midwife Sally Randle describes how the theory is making its way into practice for some of her clients. Last year I attended the screening of One World Birth’s film Microbirth organised by a local Bristol AIMS member.  A couple of […]


March 8, 2015

For an evidence-based birth, get off the bed

Despite the evidence, the majority of women still give birth on a bed.  Midwife Howes is not happy. The bellowing voice of the labour ward sister shouting “Midwife Howes get your woman into bed!” still has the capacity to ring loudly in my ears even now, 17 years later but I am pleased to say […]

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