Birth & Midwifery in the United Kingdom
Resources for parents and practitioners
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Verona Hall, Sarah Montagu and Leah Hazard
Sarah Montagu qualified as midwife in 1993 but has been involved in midwifery issues for much longer, joining ARM (the Association of Radical Midwives) in 1984. She practised in the NHS in Birmingham till 2000, while also caring for a small independent caseload and then went full-time independent. She moved to Oxford in 2005 where she maintains an independent caseload while also doing admin work for ARM. She believes passionately in campaigning for birth so that midwifery led care remains an option for all our daughters. She has four children, all born at home, and is looking forward to being midwife for her first grandchild. She may be contacted via her Web site www.sarahmontagumidwife.co.uk
Verona Hall has been a midwife since 1996 and has had an independent midwifery practice since 2002. She is also a nurse and became a certified lactation consultant in 2005. Verona teaches preparation for birth and workshops on breastfeeding, homebirth, first aid and resuscitation. She devised a training manual for midwifery assistants and in 1997 received the Bounty Midwives Professional Development Award. Her goal in work is using research-based information and her extensive knowledge to help clients and other midwives, thereby raising standards. She may be contacted through her Web site: www.veronahall.co.uk
Leah Hazard grew up in the United States and graduated from Harvard University before moving to the United Kingdom to pursue a career in journalism and the arts. The birth of her first daughter in 2003 inspired Leah to retrain as a doula, providing birth support to families in homes and hospitals across Central Scotland. In 2006, Leah experienced the joyful birth of her second daughter at home. Since then, she has written articles on birth and parenting for a number of national and international publications, including Midwifery Today, Midwifery Matters, Birth and Beyond, and The Mother magazine. She is also the author of The Father’s Home Birth Handbook (published by Pinter & Martin 2011). Leah lives in Glasgow and is now a student midwife at Glasgow Caledonian University.
- MIDIRS (Midwives Information and Resource Service)—an educational charity set up in 1985, providing information and practical resources to maternity health care professionals.
- Midwives Online
- Association of Radical Midwives
- WombEcology.com—information on intrauterine life from Michel Odent and Pascal Odent
- Birth Centre Network UK e-group
- The Birth Centre (London)
- With Woman—Sara Wickham (Midwife)
- Biological Nurturing—Web site of Suzanne Colson
- Virginia Howes—Independent Midwife
- Sheila Kitzinger—Author
- Active Birth—Ruth Armes
- Active Birth Centre
- Home Birth Reference—Information and support for parents and professionals
- Birthlight —Françoise Barbira Freedman
- BirthChoice UK—For statistics about maternity hospitals in the UK (rates of intervention, etc.)
- eumom.com—Pregnancy information
- Bristol Hypnotherapy Clinic Childbirth
- Premature Babies
- The Doula Association UK—a not-for-profit organisation of doulas. Find an independent doula in the UK, including Scotland, Wales, Ireland and more!
- Fairy God Mother Doulas
- Millennia Doulas—London
- Mary Cronk Midwifery Services—independent midwife
- Aida Kaman Stephens—independent midwife
- The London Birth Practice—Independent Midwives
- www.scottishdoulanetwork.co.uk—Scottish Doula Network, for birth support in Scotland and the North of England
- www.sheilakitzinger.com/birthcrisis.htm—For support after a traumatic birth
- www.caesarean.org.uk—For information or support before or after a caesarean birth
- www.aims.org.uk—The Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services—information and advocacy
- www.independentmidwives.org.uk—Directory of independent midwives providing one-to-one care outwith the NHS
- Which? Birth Choice—help for families in deciding where to give birth, understanding birth options, and choosing caregivers
- Attachment Parenting Europe
- Attachment Parenting International
- Natural Parenting
- Baby Milk Action
- La Leche League—Great Britain Chapter
- ABM—Association of Breastfeeding Mothers
- National Childbirth Trust
- The Natural Nurturing Network
- StudentMidwife.NET—an education-based community for students of Midwifery and individuals seeking to enter the profession. The site contains forums, educational resources, list of universities offering courses, blogs by students and regional social groups.
More resources may be found within this article on our Web site: Homebirth in the UK—by Brighton Homebirth Support Group