Here I am at Kingston and St Georges midwifery conference, 2018. Today there will be ten talks and events exploring the concept 'I Have a Voice' and I’ll be reporting on each of them in ‘Notes of Midwifery Voices’.
Kati Edwards is a doula and spoken word poet and in this section of the conference she shared her part in the BBC documentary 'Childbirth All or Nothing'.
She told me at the beginning of the conference that she finds this talk hard because it's an emotional, intimate subject, so thanks for this Kati.
I've included the documentary here for you to watch, it's a great exploration of four women with very different birth stories.
Kati had a homebirth in this documentary, as with her first baby. She used hynobirth techniques. But at the beginning of her first pregnancy, she had her impression of birth from her Mum and from her secondary school biology education, which involved lots of screaming. As she said, this was 'an effective contraception'.
She went on a bit of a crazy journey in pregnancy which took her through 'One Born Every Minute' and all the fear this program can induce, towards finding home birth as an option.
Check out her part in the documentary.
We’d love to hear from you - are you here at the conference? What was the most insightful thing you learnt from Kati's birth journey?
Or what was the best thing you learnt from this documentary and the four woman's journeys – leave a comment below!