Hello, I’m Fay! I am a registered midwife, independent prescriber and member of the Royal College of Midwives, as well as a registered Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga and pregnancy yoga teacher.
My training to become a midwife started in 2007. I very quickly found my passion was for promoting and enabling normality during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. I fully believe that by empowering women to trust in themselves and their bodies’ capabilities, they can achieve a fulfilling birth experience that is more likely to follow a natural course.
After qualifying I worked full time for over 5 years while studying for a MSc in Midwifery. During this time I supported women and their families, attending home and birth centre births. I completed my MSc in August 2015 with a systematic review on how maternal position at birth affects the rate of perineal trauma, focusing on natural, upright birth positions . The review was subsequently published in the British Journal of Midwifery.
My yoga journey began in 2015 with my first Ashtanga Vinyasa class, where I fell in love with the practice. Over the following 18 months my practice gradually increased to six days a week with a burning desire to find out more about the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of yoga. I soon began to see how these benefits were transferable to other aspects of life, especially pregnancy and birth.
My yoga studies have taken me from the UK to Spain, Japan, India and Sri Lanka. During my travels, I have collated knowledge from teachers around the world. In 2018 I completed my 200hr Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in India and 85hr Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training in the UK in 2019. I am registered with Yoga Alliance Professionals and you can find my certificates here.
I have found the practice of yoga during pregnancy has many benefits.
Asana strengthens the core muscles used to support the abdomen and pelvic floor; especially important during pregnancy, for labour and aiding a quick recovery following birth.
The practices of pranayama and meditation provide techniques that can be utilised to help women remain calm and relaxed, which has been proven to reduce pain from contractions. Remaining calm encourages the release of endorphins (natural pain killers) and aids the progress of labour by the release of oxytocin.
Through the use of antenatal education, preparation and empowerment, women can lose their fear of childbirth and enjoy this most powerful and extraordinary time in their lives.
I have supported many women to achieve a positive pregnancy and birth experience. I look forward to sharing this special time with you.
RM, NMP, BMidwif, MSc Midwifery
200hr RYT, 85hr PYT