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SueStephens

Let me introduce myself – I am married with two beautiful girls, Lizzie and Maddy and I live in West Malling, which is close to Junction 4 of the M20.

 

My interest in childbirth started when I had Lizzie and experienced the ‘cascade of intervention’. My second labour, a few years later, was similar and just as unpleasant.  Since then I have had a lot of time to think about what happened and how my transition to motherhood could have been made easier. 

 

While my children were growing up I spent a lot of time listening to other women’s experiences and witnessed how far reaching the consequences can be.  This led me to undertake a degree in midwifery but I qualified in 2003 already realizing that I  would have to find another path if I was to practice in a way that really helped women experience birth as it should be experienced. 

 

Whoever you are I am happy to help, whatever your previous obstetric history, I am happy to help.  I have wide experience of both hospital and homebirth including home waterbirth and home VBAC and have had clients with IVF pregnancies, twins, first babies, eighth babies.  Every baby is a 'first' in some way but I have found that by observing a few simple but crucial 'rules' of nature and listening to the mother most babies can enter the world in a gentle way.

 

My influences include Michel Odent, Ina May Gaskin, Jean Sutton, Caroline Flint, Lesley Ann Page, Denis Walsh, Sheila Kitzinger, Grantly Dick-Read, and many others who have seen the light.

 

When I am working I am not a midwife, admittedly I have a degree in midwifery, which I am not ashamed of, but my philosophy and working practices are those of a doula. 

 

I believe in birth as a natural process that is at its safest when not disturbed but one that occasionally needs a little help and for that we have an excellent safety net – the NHS.

 

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