I have been very quiet on the blog front. This is partly because I have been so busy with work and partly because I have not been supporting anybody in their pregnancy and preparation for birth. This is quite unusual for me. There are two teachers at my local school, one due in Jan and one in Feb and I have lent them books but they haven't come back to me with any further requests for help.
Today I have written a press release for the AIMS Journal. It is my first one so I have yet to find out if it is good enough. I have also filled in a form for a home birth conference in Chichester in March organised by Chichester Home Birth group. I have only missed one of their excellent conferences in the last 10 years. I will be going with my dear friend Jenny who is a community midwife in Hampshire.
The wonderful thing about home birth conferences is that safety of home birth does not need to be discussed as it does with those not in the know. Instead the discussion is always about achieving straightforward births and the various skills of the midwives to deal with the twists and turns of birth. I always come away with an renewed reverence for the power of the female body and a woman's instinctive knowledge. There is another home birth conference in March, in Sheffield, but two weekends away may be too much for family!
I am also considering training to deliver Birth Art courses. I am still looking at doula training though family circumstances are that I could not work as a doula. I would like something to back up my knowledge and to give the support and information I give some authority. Besides it is always interesting to add to that knowledge. There are two doula courses I have looked into: one local but well thought of and one in London by the famous obstetrician Michel Odent. (Both are recognised by Doula UK.)
I am still planning to do the NCT antenatal teacher training but this is quite intensive over three years and so I am not ready to do this. This will be extremely useful and interesting as it is amazingly thorough. I would enjoy antenatal teaching.
Through my work I have done some breastfeeding training and am looking forward to doing some more. I also have the opportunity to train to teach baby massage classes.
So all in all, although it is quiet at the moment there is much to look forward to. I have a real passion for birth and the transition to motherhood. I see the difference a good birth, where the woman feels in control whatever happens and is listened to and respected, makes to the whole family. So send me your pregnant women, your worried partners, I am waiting!