Who are you?
Hi, I’m Emily Hill and I live in Skipton, North Yorkshire with my partner Tim. I’d love to be a mama, just waiting my turn. I’ve been a midwife for 10 years and I love being surrounded by growing families.
Where are you from?
I grow up as part of a large family on a farm in Dorset, travelling to Leeds to train as a midwife. Before spending 5 years in East London. Yorkshire gritstone drew us back, I’ve now been settled back in Skipton for 5 years.
What do we need to know about you?
In 2013, I founded Mobilise a Midwife a charitable project working with Traditional Midwives of Mother Health International in Uganda. I’ve volunteered in Uganda at an earth birth house in 2014 and 2016. Back in the UK I work at Bradford Birth Centre. My final year project of my Midwifery Masters is learning from positive birth experiences as there is much to be gained from hearing the stories of others. I’m a birth art mentor and co-founded Nest Creative Beginnings hosting birth art circles and creative retreats for women, supporting connection with your inner wisdom. When I’m not in the world of birth, my life ebbs and flows currently my bees and garden are keeping me grounded.
Where can we find your business/product if applicable (facebook, instagram/website etc)
You can find me on Facebook – Mobilise a Midwife Intragram @mobiliseamidwife Twitter @mobilisemidwife Mobilise a Midwife works closely with Mother Health International http://motherhealth.org/
What is your favourite thing to do as a family?
Slowing down and enjoy the simple things, sharing a meal, a gentle walk or a dip in a river are the best days. I love the deep conversations you can have when walking as a family. I’ve not lived near my family for 13 years, recently my sister moved North. She is a shepherdess with a 10 month old little one, sharing days with her are wonderful.
Emily will be speaking at Mama Social on Friday 14th July, 10am at The Showroom
A woman giving birth in an earth birth house in rural Uganda. What are
you visualising? As a volunteer midwife working at Mother Health
International’s Birth House in 2014 I visualised – women moving
instinctually and finding the ‘right’ position to help them and
their baby; idealistic maybe. I saw labouring women moving freely
until they began pushing, then frequently lying flat of their backs to
push. Traditional practises for birth had been pushed aside for
reasons such experiences from birthing in government facilities and
training programmes for traditional midwives. Mother Health
International has been working to support upright birth positions for
the benefit of women and their unborn children. Through story-telling,
song and dance Traditional Midwives are reawakening to their knowledge
of the benefits of upright labour and birth. Enabling them to support
women to mobilise and adopt positions that are comfortable during
labour and birth. When returning in 2016, Upright Birth illustrations
were introduced as a visual aid for antenatal education and supportive
conversations with labouring women in the birth house.
The benefits of upright birth are well documented and historically
known. Nevertheless, throughout the world women in normal labour are
encouraged to birth laid on their backs, often with legs up in
stirrups. Birth workers have a responsibility to support free movement
in labour and birth. Thus supporting women’s innate understanding of
their childbirth journey. So that together we can work towards a more
Gentle births with the encouragement of free movement in labour and
upright birth is widely accepted at Mother Health International Birth
House in rural Uganda. As birthing people of the world we can work
together to support each other to birth is a way that works best of us
and our baby during this precious time.
Emily will be joining us at Mama Social on Friday 14th July, 10am at The Showroom
Tracing Process is the latest project by local artist and friend of Mama Social, Roanna Wells. It is the start of an investigation into the variety of different people and their marks. It allows the public the opportunity to be present during the creation of work and to contribute their own marks to the finished piece.
The exhibition is open to all ages and we’ve already had a number of young people, children and even some little ones take part and add their marks both to the painting, and the more interactive expressive wall and tables.
Tracing Process is on for another two weeks until 15th July, open Tuesday–Saturday 11-5pm at Yorkshire Artspace, 21 Brown Street – just along the road from the Showroom Cinema and opposite the Rutland Arms pub.