MEET THE SPEAKER // Emily Hill // Mobilise A Midwife

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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 

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

FEATURE // Emily Hill – Midwife


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
upright future.
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


FEATURE // Roanna Wells // Tracing Process

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 TuesdaySaturday 11-5pm at Yorkshire Artspace, 21 Brown Street – just along the road from the Showroom Cinema and opposite the Rutland Arms pub.
More info can be found via the Yorkshire Artspace website.

GUEST SPEAKER // Annika Carney // Little Bears Infant Massage


This week we have Annika from Baby Bears Infant Massage coming to Mama Social to provide us with an introduction to baby massage and to show us some basic strokes that we can use at home.IMG_8418

As well as running Baby Bears Infant Massage Annika is also a trained midwife so she knows babies!!

Baby and Infant massage has many benefits to both children and parents here are just a few…

Helps your little one feel more securely attached

Helps reduction of emotional distress and crying

Helps relax your little one and improves sleep quality

Helps with relieve symptoms of common issues such as colic, constipation and teething discomfort

Helps with the development of their body awareness and coordination

Helps with binding and feeling close to your baby

Helps parents gain a better understanding of their baby’s different behaviours and body language

Provides a wonderful and special opportunity to spend one on one time with your little one


Helps parents gain an increased confidence in their ability to care for and nurture their baby

Gives parents a skill that can be used throughout their child’s lifetime


Annika will be joining us at The Showroom on Friday 23rd June from 10am



Due to the success of our recent day trip to Whirlow Hall Farm we’ve decided to host another outdoor event on 9th June, a picnic and play morning at Endcliffe Park.  Its a free event so spread the word and we look forward to seeing some new faces as well as our regulars there.

On June 23rd we have Annika Carney, a qualified midwife who also runs ‘Baby Bears Infant Massage’ which provides baby massage courses and is based on Sharrowvale Road.
Annika will not only be talking about the benefits of infant massage she’s also planning on running a demonstration and you’ll leave with knowledge of a few basic massage strokes.
We’ll be providing more info on this session as it gets closer so keep your eyes on our social media.


EVENING EVENT // Mama Social X Sew in The City


We’ve teamed up with Kerrie at Sew in the City to bring you a blissful evening of embroidery in the cosy setting of the Sew in The City workshops.

Kerrie recently took over the business, based in West Bar, and has already made the space into an interesting, welcoming, creative craft hub.

We’ve worked with Kerrie to tailor this workshop exclusively for Mama Social and we’ll be creating our own stunning designs.

Embroidery is everywhere this spring/ summer and this is an opportunity to learn the basics so you can expand your skills to embellish clothing, table runners or create personalised items.

You will learn the basic techniques for transferring an image onto fabric and basic embroidery stitches such as chain stitch, satin stitch and French knots.

Once you’ve practiced, you will be given a choice of images to embroider and taught how to frame and finish it in a small embroidery hoop.

Come and relax and unwind with great company, fizz and nibbles on Tuesday 27th June and learn a new craft. Who knows, it could be your hidden talent!

Tickets are limited, to book your place on the evening please CLICK HERE

EVENING EVENT // Mama Social X Trapeze Kids


Mama Social are pleased to bring you our second shopping event in collaboration with Trapeze Kids on Thursday 22nd June.
As a massive thank you to her local customers and supporters Donna would like to invite you to an exclusive Mama Social summer sale preview.

Items will be up to 40% off with a further 10% off on the night. There’ll be discounted items from amazing brands such as Indikidual, Beau Loves, Papu, FUB Knitwear, Nadadelazos, Fresh Dinosaurs, Knit Planet and CarlijnQ.

Come along for a glass of fizz and bag a bargain in time for the summer hols.

You can book your free place to this event by clicking THIS LINK


CAROLINE ARMSTRONG // Healthy You Hypnotherapy // Self Hypnosis

Caroline Armstrong from Healthy You Hypnotherapy came to Mama Social and gave us a few tips on self hypnosis, as promised here is the guide…

This is technique you can use several times a day to help you to take a short break from what you are doing and refocus on your goal and how you want to feel.

Follow these simple steps…

1. Take a deep breath in, close your eyes and breathe out.

2. Count backwards slowly from 100-95

3. Say your positive statement slowly and with conviction, 3 times.

4. Count up slowly 95-100

5. Breathe in a revitalising colour, and open your eyes and breathe out


untitledDuring May we have two very different meet ups ….

On May 12th Caroline Armstrong will be coming in to Mama Social.  Caroline is a hypnotherapist and owner of Healthy You Hypnotherapy. She has over 10 years experience in successfully working therapeutically with children and adults and prior to setting up Healthy You Hypnotherapy worked as a Social Worker and Mental Health Practitioner. She now specialises in women’s mental and physical health.

Caroline will be talking about Hypnotherapy, how it works and how it can help improve women’s mental and physical health and wellbeing with a focus on importance of self care for women and mums.

On 26th May, for the first time, we’re taking Mama Social on the road!
As our usual venue is unavailable we’re instead hosting a meet up at Whirlow Hall Farm at The Barn Cafe.  We’ve arranged a farm tour and there’ll be animal handling for the little ones if they’re feeling brave!

Both meet ups start at 10am