My consultation with Yorks Storks

This post is taken from Sarah’s  own blog Pure Natural Pregnancy, with her permission. …I had the pleasure of welcoming an Independent Midwife (IM) called Sharyn into my home. Sharyn works in conjunction with 3 other IMs as Yorkshire Storks. They are local to me in Leeds, and I had come across them initially through […]

Leo’s Birth

Leoswing

“I remember I kept saying “I’m going to do it!” and Claire saying “yes you are!” The whole pregnancy and birth process has been all the more special for them being a part of it. Leo’s birth was the best experience of my life and I owe that to the support I received and my […]

The best experience of my life

My daughter was born 2 and a half years ago via crash caesarean after a planned home birth dragged on for days. We transferred to hospital for failure to progress where one thing led to another and ended up in foetal distress. It was a very painful and scary experience from quite early on. I […]

Ninjas and Squaddies

During my wife’s pregnancy I got to experience both the care of Yorkshire Storks and the NHS. Both of which we have to thank for a healthy child and mother. The transition between the comforts of home and the midwives care, highlighted the differences in styles between the Storks and the NHS. The Storks were […]

Ninjas and Squaddies

“The transition between the comforts of home and the midwives care, highlighted the differences in styles between the Storks and the NHS. The Storks were like Ninjas – quiet, hidden, but there when needed and highly professional, whilst the NHS were more like squaddies – brash, capable, and full of humour, but high volume and […]

Marie’s Cesarean Story

We were very lucky to use Yorkshire Storks as my brother had recommended them and couldn’t speak of them highly enough.  As we always wanted a hospital birth and had a fairly straightforward pregnancy, we had a fairly relaxed idea about my birth plan and enjoyed the extra support from Sharyn and Chris with few worries. However, as we were under NHS care as […]

Granny’s Story

A telephone call from Peter at 7:20am and Granny was on her way. Heart beating fast and perhaps driving fast! At last, the special day we had been waiting for. Arrived at their house and went upstairs to see Peter, Isabel and Katie. Katie smiling and serene- so calm and in control. You are an […]

Helped but not booked – potential high risk women need choices too

Xanthe pearl

I had two consultations with Chris from Yorkshire Storks – I made the initial appointment because the hospital had classified the birth of my second child “high risk” due to a previous c-section, a bicornate uterus and a diagnosis of gestational diabetes (although I was managing my sugars very well through my diet alone). I […]

Worth far more than we paid

“Cost seems an obstacle for a lot of people when it comes to choosing private midwifery care. So many people have told me they would have liked to have it but couldn’t afford it, for me it is a question of priority. If you see birth as a few miserable hours that you just have […]

Costs and Value

“…I would also like to add a word about cost. I am not secretly rich. Actually I live in a very precarious situation. We are self-employed with variable and unreliable income and was staying with my parents for the birth, having lived in a caravan for two years. We are now in a tiny studio […]