Our Lovely and Inspiring Sharing Day

“Thank you both for a lovely and inspiring day!” – Shiela Kitzinger

Katharine with Jesusa Ricoy-Olariaga

We had a great time at The Sharing Day. We held it at Baden Powell House, the scout headquarters in London, and 50 members of The Hypnobirthing Association came. Our speaker in the morning was Sheila Kitzinger MBE, social anthropologist, and author of 23 books. Sheila has been in the vanguard of progress in the world of natural birth for over 50 years. She has been closely involved with the development of the NCT and is on the board of Midirs. Sheila is much in demand for articles and TV and radio appearances.

Sheila spoke about her new book, Birth & Sex. Many comments afterwards rated her talk and workshop as the highlight of the day, and there was plenty of time for questions and discussion in the workshop session at the end. We were very fortunate to have her with you.

Then we had a delicious lunch prepared by Sue Grant in the village. The lunches have become a feature of Sharing Days, so we have a reputation to keep up. As Saturday was a sunny day, we were able to have lunch out on the terrace; a welcome breath of fresh air.

In the afternoon Vanessa Hodge, senior midwife and hypnobirthing teacher, spoke about induction of labour. Vanessa’s achievements introducing hypnobirthing into an NHS hospital are impressive. The subject of induction of labour is one that hypnobirthing teachers need to be informed about, and we learnt a great deal during the afternoon.

After this I chatted about some tips about teaching hypnobirthing.

We’re looking forward to the next Sharing Day on 21st September being even bigger and better when Sarah Buckley will be your speaker. We’re making the most of Sarah’s visit from Australia, and the Sharing Day will be an open meeting when all are welcome.

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