The positive birth movement
The Positive Birth Movement started as a tiny seed of an idea: what if I invited women round to my house to sit by the fire, eat cake, and talk about childbirth? Thanks to the wonders of social media, that tiny seed quickly took hold and now, three years later, well - perhaps we are a giant sunflower, glowing brightly in the Autumn sunshine, needing plenty of support in the stem but an impressive and heartwarming sight nonetheless.
We have over 200 free to attend groups across the UK and over 100 more in the rest of the world. Groups meet monthly and are run by doulas, midwives and women who simply have a passion for improving birth. All of these hundreds of groups are linked up by social media, and we have a combined following of over 25 thousand on facebook and twitter.
Our groups are really all about ‘women talking to women’. Those who run our groups are not ‘experts’ or ‘teachers’ but ‘Facilitators’, and they simply ‘make it easy’ for people to come together, share stories, thoughts, hopes, fears and questions about birth. Online, too, women connect, ask for advice, and consider their options together. In spite of the strong use of 21st century technology, there’s something rather ‘old’ about the idea of a cosy space of feminine wisdom and support.
If you’d like to get involved or perhaps set up a new PBM group, do have a look on our website. There is a full list of groups there, so if there is already one in your area, you might like to contact them or go along and join them. There’s also plenty of information about setting up a new group or adding an existing birth discussion group to our network.
We really look forward to hearing from you!
Milli Hill, Founder, www.positivebirthmovement.org