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I became motivated to do this work when an interest in birth generally developed into a fascination about birth as a psychosocial life event. I knew that birth could be good- amazing, even: my own mother had experienced birth positively 7 times (7 children! Give that woman a medal.) But mostly what I heard and saw outside her experience was traumatic story after traumatic story, portrayals of screaming, supine birthing mothers and endemic terror and negativity surrounding childbirth. And I wanted to know why. After much research and a year working within our hard working and stretched maternity services, it seemed that maybe it was because birth, an event for which a wealth of evidence links level of satisfaction with that of individualised, respectful, emotional support, was too often lacking in a crucial facet of care. My own two, well supported experiences of birth compounded my motivation. How birth is experienced has profound, long term implications for self -esteem, relationships and mental health, as well as for the foundations of parenthood. It's an important reflection of - and catalyst for change in - our society. It's my privilege to try to make a difference in that.
I cover North and Mid Kent, occasionally extending to include parts of London. I've worked in hospitals, birth centres and homes in Ashford, Broadstairs, Canterbury, Chelsea, Dartford, Faversham, Folkestone, Gillingham, Margate, Ramsgate, Maidstone, Rochester, Whitstable and villages in between.