Worry Blanket | NMC Judicial Review

This is my worry blanket.  I  do some rounds on it only whenever I am worrying, grieving, or have to think things through. It grew quickly during our international move; the bright rainbow segment was done when I was sitting alone in an empty home in an unfamiliar land, watching the Charlottesville tragedy unfold on…

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Americans and Independent Midwifery in UK

This little lad featured in this birth is almost 2 now. I met this family almost immediately after I moved to the UK and had joined some Americans in Harrogate groups on Facebook hoping to learn about the community and find friends and things to do.  This mom posted that she needed someone to wash…

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Newborn Photography and Musings on Work and Life

The family you will meet below was one of the Yorkshire families who got caught up in the NMC decision to immediately forbid independent midwives from attending people in labor. I met them while they were deciding how to move forward at 38 weeks pregnant without their chosen midwives; they decided to proceed with their…

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A New Birth Experience For Both of Us { Birth and Baby Photography}

I was a little apprehensive about attending my first birth in a NHS hospital in England- Leeds General Infirmary.  But as it turned out, even hospital birth in England can be a deeply lovely experience.  Contrary to propaganda, the NHS has modern equipment and training. One of the major roles I had when working with expecting American…

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RCM Campaign for Normal Birth and the Media Misrepresentation

I’m sitting here on an inflatable air mattress in an empty house in Maryland where I’ve slept for the past few weeks, bored, thinking wistfully about my two years apprenticing with independent midwives in England. That positive experience was immediately juxtaposed with the shocking “welcome back to America” I received by attending an Evidence Based Birth…

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  • Anonymous - This blog is highly offensive and misleading. The author clearly has a limited knowledge of the Kirkup report. I doubt they have even read it. Blogs like this, fuelled by ideology and dripping with nasty sentiment towards Mr Titcombe are part of the problem with midwifery. Factual accuracy is important and everyone reading this needs to do some googling…ReplyCancel

    • nikki - Sorry you are offended, Anonymous from Brent, UK! I did read the Kirkup report, and in its long list of recommendations for the wider NHS, starting on page 188, nowhere does Kirkup say we should dismantle midwifery and the maintenance of physiological birth as default. Rather, he recommends an overhaul of the oversight, whistleblowing, incident reporting, supervisory and training processes. I see you also have used the dog whistle “ideology.” Science is not ‘ideology.’ It is fact, and the science of physiological birth won’t change no matter how many doctors we throw at it. Midwives and clinicians receiving the proper training, support, supervision, teamwork, and maintenance of clinical skills should absolutely change and improve, but chasing down individual midwives on Twitter won’t do anything to further that effort will it???ReplyCancel

Independent Midwives vs. NMC Trial Fundraiser #savethemidwife

There’s been a lot going on in the midwifery scene in the UK.  The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is the regulatory body that registers midwives. All midwives in the UK, whether private, independent, or NHS, must be “on the register” in order to practice as and call themselves a midwife. In January 2017, the NMC…

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2017 IAPBP Image of the Year Competition Entries

I have chosen these two images to submit forward to the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers annual photo competition. The theme of my entries is ‘DIY Birth.’ The first image is submitted under the “Details” category and is of a cord burning ceremony. This image is special to me because it was the first…

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Aurora Photography and Birth Photography

During this past Winter Solstice week (2016) I was able to take my family on a huge bucket-list trip of mine- to the Arctic Circle to go aurora hunting. I chose Kiruna in the Swedish Lapland as our base and could not have been happier. It doesn’t look like much on paper but it was…

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Birth Center Design Influence

Hello dear readers!  Yes, I am still here, in England, loving my experiences as a doula and student midwife and being kept so busy that I don’t have time to blog!  I’ve also been trying a different social media platform (Instagram), which you can see in the feed above my blog posts. I like it…

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  • Anonymous -  The stall ladder was in demand this Christmas Eve for yet another special delivery! Thanks so much for helping us to make this happen 😊 We would never have known about this useful option without your blogpost. Even the site visitors from the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers had never seen a stall ladder in use here in the USA prior to our site visit back in 2014. ReplyCancel

Harrogate Cherry Blossoms {family photography experimentation}

When we moved to Harrogate last year there was a gorgeous cherry tree-lined promenade in full bloom, cutting through the Stray closest to our apartment. Being able to photograph something made me feel useful, productive and at home in my new home. Can’t wait to photograph my family (and others’) there again soon!  

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