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Transferring in from homebirth

Started by Lynn Genevieve Walcott. Last reply by Linda Llone Hinchliffe Jul 7, 2009. 5 Replies

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Comment by Elizabeth Suri on November 16, 2010 at 12:18pm
Hi all! I just wanted to introduce myself, I'm Liz and I'm an American currently living in London as an Expat. My husband and I received the news that we are expecting not long after our arrival here, so I have been blessed with not only the challenges of a 1st time pregnancy, but also with the challenge of learning the ropes of pregnancy and childcare through the eyes of a foreigner.

We are so excited to be in the UK and to be expecting, and from what I'm learning so far, the experience of being a mum-to-be in the UK may even be more conducive to my hopes to have a natural birth. Looking forward to starting to interview Midwives and Doulas in the coming weeks.

Any other expat moms out there in this group?

Cheers, Liz
Comment by Linda Llone Hinchliffe on October 27, 2009 at 7:18am
Hello All,

Just a quick note to ask if any of you are going to the Kent Childbirth conference on 7th Nov ?

If so, I will see you there as i am one of the exhibitors - come and find my room.


Comment by Emma Rushforth on August 6, 2009 at 3:33am
Hi everyone! I'm Emma, i live in Bradford in west yorkshire and i work as a midwife in Dewsbury (also west yorks!!) I have been qualified for 2 years and feel priviledged to have such an amazing career where i meet amazing strong women every day!! I have no children at present but i am excited to experience pregnancy and childbirth. I am so excited to have discovered this community of like minded people!!
Comment by My Best Birth on July 25, 2009 at 7:26am
We are looking for help to compile a database of UK birth/pregnancy organizations, websites, groups and shops. Any suggestions or volunteers would be welcome!

Also we are selling wholesale PAL DVDs of BoBB in bulk which can be resold to customers & clients by birth professionals, yoga studios, birth classes etc. Contact us at if you are interested in details.
Comment by Your Comforter on June 20, 2009 at 10:01am
Hi Everyone.

I am a midwife and doula based in London. Been a doula for 16 years now and I KNOW this is my calling.

I absolutely love this journey. No day is the same, no labour is the same. Regardless to how a baby is born we must be grateful that we have witnessed the most amazing experience that life could offer!
Comment by Linda Llone Hinchliffe on June 19, 2009 at 8:35am
Hello Fellow UK Homebirthers,

I am the Mum of 9 children, with the last 5 being booked HB's, with No 1 & 5 of these being transfers into the unit in labour for high BP & 4+ protein...both straight forward births ~ one on dry land and one in water.

The other 3 were very straight forward water births with minimal VE's or monitoring - 2 of these have been filmed for TV (Imogen in 2004 for Home Birth Diaries & Craig in 2007 for Home Grown Babies) and my last one (Hugo 2008) was to be filmed for mybirthTV webiste run by Berny Bos, there will be parts of it on there but not the actual birth as my hubby was unable to grab the camera in time...

My obstetric history is very varied (see below) and due to this I have, for the past 19 years, run a self-help supprot group called VBAC Information & Support, ad some of you already know me from other forums...

Children in order:

Rebecca - 1986 - Em C/S for PET
Richard - 1988 - Em C/S for Fetal Distress
Mathew - 1990 - hosp VBA2C - with prof Wendy Savage
Suzannah - 1993 - Em C/S for alledged Cord Prolapse
Eloise - 2000 - Hosp VBA3C
James - 2002 - Home Water Birth ~ VBA3C
Imogen - 2004 - Home Water Birth ~ VBA3C
Craig - 2007 - Home Water Birth ~ VBA3C
Hugo 2008 - Hosp Water Birth ~ VBA3C

I look forward to getting messages from this board


Linda Hinchliffe
Chair/Founder ~ VBAC Information & Support
Est. 1990
Comment by Becki O on May 16, 2009 at 12:56pm
Hi Catherine, I think I am lucky living in Cornwall, as we do have some of the highest home/birth centre birth rates in the county (7.5% in 2007 vs UK average of 2.7%). Is far as I understand this is mainly due to the motivation of local midwives - for example my area Penwith had a rate of 10.5% in 2007, and I can see this reflected in the way my options about birth were presented to me from the start and the support and encouragement I was offered when making my decision. Like with many parenting choices you need encouragement and good mentoring to make healthy informed choices despite what everyone else is doing I think.
Comment by Hannah Gray on May 15, 2009 at 12:18pm
I just wanted to introduce myself - I'm planning my second home birth in October after a wonderful one with my first baby last year
Comment by Cherylyn on May 13, 2009 at 1:14pm
This is a major event including the screening of three amazing childbirth films: Orgasmic Birth, The Business of Being Born, and Pregnant in America, and the producer of Orgasmic Birth will be at the screening as well!

Date: June 13, 2009
Location: Towne Cinema Theaters in American Fork, UT
Cost: $25
What: Screening of Orgasmic Birth, Pregnant in America, The Business of Being Born, Special Guest Speaker, Debra Pascali-Bonaro
Email: if you have questions
Comment by Vanessa Lay on May 8, 2009 at 5:45am
I'm really pleased to be part of this group. I live in Abingdon and am Mum to 3 boys. My first two sons were born by emergency c/s after a cascade of intervention with each birth, with hindsight I think both were probably avoidable. My third son was born at home in water with the the most wonderful and special of independent midwives, who gave me the gift of believing that I could birth my child, despite my previous experiences. I am so thankful that William was born at home naturally in a relaxed environment, where I felt safe. I didn't grieve for the natural births I didn't have, and was thankful my sons were born healthy, but William's birth has given me something back as a Mum that I hadn't realised was missing. It is one of my proudest moments and I am eternally grateful to have been given this gift which no-one else was prepared to do.

Whenever I talk about my births, people always comment how "brave" I was to have William at home, (and some have commented to my Mum how irresponsible), and I do get on my soapbox at times as for me it was the responsible and informed choice to make, not brave at all. I just wish I knew all I know now before I had Edward as I just assumed I would have an uncomplicated birth, and didn't do any research into alternatives, I didn't even realise that there were choices other than NHS care.

Anyway that's a brief introduction, I could write more, but need to dash off now but am looking forward to being part of this group.

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