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I am excited to tell you that I have a new promotional video which details the work I do at

I also have several other videos hosted on YouTube and plan to add more as soon as possible; I should tell you that some of the content is explicit and shows graphic scenes of childbirth.



Celebrating our first year as a vibrant holistic community!

Monday 18 May 2009

Entertainment Shed, 118 Castle Road, Bedford, MK40 3QY (Next to the Gordon Arms)

Doors open: 7 PM for refreshments, networking, displays, music

Programme: 7.30 – 9.30 PM

Entry £4 at the door. FREE to GWC members.

In honour of this special occasion, the theme for the event is:

“Birth, Childhood and Growth”

• WAKE UP! Lynn Serafinn, your host introduces Lyn Bradshaw, shiatsu practitioner, to guide you through a shiatsu exercise to wake up your “Ki.”

• BIRTH: Val Gommon, Independent Midwife. The Miracle of Birth. Inspiring stories of heroism, collaboration & joy of new life in the world.

• CHILDHOOD: Kate Parker, Tatty Bumpkin. Bendy, Giggly, Clever & Strong.  Get ready to move your body, get laughing, and release your inner child.

• GROWTH: Vince Walker, Woodmagic Crafts. Circles and Weaving the Web of Life. Transformative exercise based on traditional Native American culture to discover your inner patterns and allow new patterns for growth.

• SHARING AND ABUNDANCE: A selection of extra special raffle prizes by local holistic practitioners! Be sure to bring a few extra ££’s to buy your raffle tickets.

• COMMUNITY SPIRIT: This is NOT just a Bedford event! Meet other members of GWC from Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire & Cambridgeshire

• FUN: Music, dance and overall celebration. Come join us!

The Global Wellness Circle… the HOLISTIC HEART of planet earth!



Tel: 0845 880 25 28

As an Independent Midwife I am often asked by clients whether I know about pregnancy yoga classes, or baby swimming classes or even about complementary therapists and nurseries.

Over the years I have worked hard to collate databases of useful information, and often would hand out piles of flyers to my clients, but I began to see the need to put this information into one central place and thus the idea of BirthIndex was born. is a LOCAL on-line Directory for all things Pregnancy, Birth and Baby and currently covers the Bedford, Milton Keynes and Northampton areas.  There are sections for Fertility, where one might find anything to prepare of assist with actually getting pregnant; a Pregnancy and Birth section listing everything from pregnancy ultrasound, complementary therapists who work with pregnancy to a specialist pathology laboratory; the postnatal section includes pilates or physiotherapy for Mum and baby signing whilst the Other section includes photographers and caterers who make christening cakes!  There are also useful Baby Equipment, Complementary Therapists and Childcare sections as well as an Events section listing relevant local events (if you are hosting events please do list them with us as it makes the site more useful – there is no charge for this).  There is a comprehensive Links section and a Useful Articles section which is set to expand over time and finally an opportunity to sign up for our BirthIndex newsletters.

Please do visit the site and let me know what you think, I would welcome any ideas you may have for improving the site, equally if you know of businesses that should be listed please do invite them to look at the site, as they can be listed free of charge.

A woman in America has given birth to eight babies, and although born nine weeks prematurely, at present doctors say all of them are doing well.  The babies weighed between 1lb 8 ounces (820g) and 3lb 4oz (1.47kg) and will need to stay in Neonatal Intensive Care for some time.  It’s only the second time in the world that someone has given birth to eight babies at once, and doctors were only expecting her to have seven!

Also in the news is the story of surrogate mother Carol Horlock who has had eleven babies for other couples and also has two children of her own. I am sure surrogacy takes place in most cultures, often with the surrogate mother being a family member, of course this raises huge ethical issues not to mention the emotional issues for all concerned, but wow … this is something that I personally could never have considered, I couldn’t even have parted with my eggs, but I know many couples are eternally grateful for those that are able to help them have a family.

Today I was twice invited to speak on BBC 3 Counties Radio, partly in response to this news story and also to speak about my work as an Independent Midwife –

I had hoped to have the opportunity to discuss my new website but the interviewer was keen to discuss my blog. was launched only three months ago has already proved popular.  The site currently covers Bedford, Milton Keynes and Northampton and aims to be THE information site for all things Pregnancy, Birth and Baby.  For example on the site you can find therapists who specialise in Pre-conceptual support, pregnancy ultrasound, swimming classes for babies and even photographers to photograph your little one!  The site has a comprehensive Links section and an interesting selection of articles and the opportunity to sign up for a regular newsletter.

I attended a really great meeting last night.  It was the inaugural meeting of the Milton Keynes Wellness Circle, which is a group of therapists who have got together to host an evening of fun and education.  Therapists are on-hand to speak to members of the public about what they do, taster sessions are offered and local community groups, charities, artists and musicians are invited to take part.

Other groups are springing up quickly; groups are to be found in Northampton, Bedford, Hemel Hempstead and Rickmansworth.

The Bedford group is next meeting on Monday 19th January in Bedford and Thursday 29th January in West Hertfordshire.  The next Milton Keynes meeting will be on Wednesday 25th February.

For more information go to

Milton Keynes Wellness Circle Evening

Wednesday 14 January 2009

Oxley Park School, Oxley Park, Milton Keynes, MK4 4TA
(Turn right off H6 Child’s way, turn into Tesco Extra car park,
school is on the left hand side and opposite to the shops)

Doors open: 7.30 PM for social networking,
presentations, and sample demonstrations.
Programme: 8.00 – 9.30 PM

Entry £4.00 at the door. FREE to MKWC members.

Here’s what’s on…

  • Karrin Lawrence, your host introduces…
  • Peter Moorhead of CELEBRATE HEALTH AND FITNESS. The difference Between Men and Women
  • Jayne Stevens HOLISTIC THERAPIST. The Holistic Benefits of Indian Head Massage
  • Ursula Kraus-Harper HOMEOPATHY. Period problems? Homeopathy can help.
  • Valerie Gommon Midwifery Practice, INDEPENDENT MIDWIFE. What is an Independent Midwife?
  • PLUS exhibits, socialising, great community projects, local charities profiled. Great vibes and refreshments for all!

I am a fan of real (or washable cloth) nappies, having used them on my four children.  I used the old terry towelling squares and can honestly say that it wasn’t that difficult, I did occasionally use disposable, for example when I was out or on holiday, but generally used the cloth ones with a nappy liner.  The liners can either be paper liners, placed inside the nappy to catch the solid waste and also to help keep the moisture away from your baby’s skin, or indeed there are also washable liners too.  Interestingly there is no need to soak or sterilize real nappies as modern washing machines wash so well.

Today there is a huge (sometimes bewildering) range of reusable nappies to choose from, but to help you there are many independent nappy suppliers who will often lend you nappies to “try before you buy”.  An excellent website for information is where you can learn all about real nappies, and this site will also direct you to local suppliers.

Obviously real nappies can be bought in all the usual nursery suppliers but also some supermarkets, however you may like to consider the small local independent suppliers who are often mothers who have used cloth nappies themselves.  Suppliers local to Bedford, Milton Keynes and Northampton are listed on

This subject has recently been discussed on Martin Lewis’s Money Saving Expert website and I wholeheartedly agree that there is money to be saved by using cloth nappies, particularly if you plan to have more than one child, and take advantage of local council incentives for example offer a £35 cash-back payment for those using real nappies (£40 for those on benefits).  In Bedford you can claim a £25 payment and a similar £25 if you live in Northampton