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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
‘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 […]
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 […]