Every year, I choose a theme. My theme for 2019 has been “connection”.  

When I had Freddie in 2016, we lived in Leeds as my husband had been posted there. The Leeds Birth Network is a fantastic mix of (mostly) female business owners and birth workers. It was a great group of people with the same purpose: helping the pregnant women they care for, to have the most enjoyable pregnancy. 

My vision for Lightbulb Chiropractic is very much based around community, and one of the first things I set about doing was creating links within the birth community here. It’s the reason I organised and hosted the Spinning Babies seminar back in July. If any of you reading this have a member of your birth team who can’t stop singing the praises of Spinning Babies, they probably attended my workshop! 

So off the back of that workshop, my goal was to set up the Colchester Birth Network.  

Something even more spectacular happened – Teri Gavin-Jones (who you may have heard of if you’ve taken the hypnobirthing class at the hospital) set up a group. We had our first meeting at the antenatal clinic at Colchester General on Sunday evening, where we had a tour of the facilities, learnt about how women are cared for in different circumstances and had the opportunity to ask questions that we had about pregnancy care.

It was a really fantastic meeting, and we’re going to get together on a monthly basis to learn from each other so we can all serve you better.

My biggest takeaway from the meeting was when Teri said:

“The most powerful voice in the room belongs to the birthing woman.”

She really pushed home how powerful we are, and that our voices are there to be used. We need to ask the questions in our heads, to keep probing until we’re satisfied with the explanations given, and until we feel comfortable to make an informed decision about a process or procedure.

I am definitely looking forward to the next birth workers’ meeting, and would love to hear from you if you have any questions or experiences you’d like me to bring forward!


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