Committee Chair Person.
Sarah is a Daisy Foundation Teacher who runs Daisy Birthing and Daisy Baby classes.
I was lucky to have such a positive homebirth with my second son and I learnt so much when planning for it. I'm part of Informed Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond because I want other women to know they have options and that birth can be a positive experience. I want women to be excited about giving birth, not scared.
Sally Carter. Committee Secretary.
Sally is a Birth Doula, Babywearing Consultant & Postnatal Supporter and co-facilitator of the Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond Fareham and Gosport Group.
I am passionate about supporting women during this transformational period of their lives! Caring & nurturing women to step into their own power, to prepare for & experience positive birthing, postnatal & parenting journeys. Being part of the Informed Pregnancy Birth and Beyond team, gives me a greater capacity to reach more women, as together we strive for an inclusive, informed, better birthing world for all.
Vikki Young. Team Member.
Vikki is a maternity support worker.
Birth is something women should look forward to. I did! I'm totally committed to making sure women have the BEST birth experience for them. I want women to feel supported, nurtured, informed and know they have choices.
Kimberley is a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist.
I was fortunate to have a beautiful home birth with my daughter and am sure that this was in part due to knowing what options were available to me and having confidence in my informed choices. Informed Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond is an amazing source of support (whatever ‘positive birth’ looks like to you) and a wonderful community to be a part of.
Sophy is a Sling Consultant and runs Southsea Slings.
I have always been fascinated by pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and our bodies' natural abilities to go through life-changing and life-giving processes. I was lucky enough to have parents that gave me a positive and empowering outlook on human bodies and all things perinatal. I believe that a knowledge of our human rights; making informed choices and knowing the benefits of educating ourselves as preparation for giving birth and becoming parents - are crucial aspects for ensuring a positive experience for all. Social face-to-face support is also critical in allowing the most positive experience possible. I co-founded Southsea Slings in 2012; a baby carrying not-for-profit advice, support, hire and retail service. I ran Portsmouth La Leche League Breastfeeding Support group for many years and was actively involved in Portsmouth Home Birth Group many moons ago. My past experiences and present-day work with Southsea Slings fuels my passion for actively working with Informed Pregnancy Birth and Beyond in promoting positive perinatal experiences for all and I am super excited about being involved.
Philippa is a chiropractor with a special interest and experience in treating pregnant people and children. She has a clinic in Alverstoke in Gosport.
Philippa mainly uses the McTimoney method of chiropractic, a light, precise technique. The gentle nature of this technique makes it suitable for babies and pregnant women.
Having had 3 very different but positive births I became part of this group because I wanted to support women during pregnancy and beyond.
Sinead Mitchell. Committee Vice-Chair.
Sinead is a counsellor with a special interest in maternity counselling.
I was blessed with a very positive first birth and only in hindsight realised how lucky I was. It gave me a passion to ensure that every woman and every child born are given the best opportunity to have a healthy and happy experience.
Sarah is a doula and supporter of doulas and families.
I'm part of this group because I know people are amazing. Because I want to see as many people as possible realise for themselves the power they hold in their own lives and especially in their pregnancy, birth and parenting experiences. I believe the best way to achieve this is as a group who build each other up and support each other as we support and inform families in Portsmouth, South East Hampshire and beyond.
Elizabeth Staunton Acheson.
Elizabeth is the facilitator for the Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond Community Group based in Fareham and Gosport.
I found my local positive birth group really helpful personally when I was planning my second birth and I value the opportunity to provide that for other mums. I’ve always had an interest in human rights especially the rights of vulnerable groups. I’m committed to empowering women to author their own birth stories.
Miriam is an acupuncturist with a special interest in treating women in pregnancy.
I'm lucky to come from a family and community where birth is still very much talked about and seen. I didn't realise just how lucky until I started hearing women express their own, often, disempowering experiences or their fears surrounding birth. I wanted to help with some of the fear surrounding birth, to empower women in their pregnancies and births and that's when I came across Informed Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond. I often hear from women who tell us that due to the support of our group they went on to have a positive birth; and that is why I am a part of the group.
Claire is Hypnobirthing and Birth-Preparation Teacher based in Clanfield.
I'm a Mum of 3 little ones, and was also a Surrogate for our friends a few years ago. I've had 4 very different births, and recognise the strength that comes with having knowledge and support.
I joined the group because I wanted to be amongst people that understand that giving birth can be a really positive and empowering experience. Being part of the regular IPBB meetings enables me to advocate for birth choices in all settings - which are strong values held by everyone in the Team.
Melinda continues to support the team and the families in the Portsmouth and South East Hampshire area from her new less local home.
I'm part of this group because I can't not be.
I can't sit by and hear another pregnant woman think she doesn't have choices and she has to do 'what she's told'.
Also, I get so much more out of the group than I put in and I love being surrounded by the other wonderful women on the team.