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 […]

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 […]

Ice and snow, but born at home, despite no NHS Midwives available!


We decided to have a Home Birth as I really wanted to give birth naturally with as little intervention as possible and felt that being in my own home would be most conducive to this outcome. We booked a home birth with the NHS and our midwife was very encouraging and supportive of this. It […]

First baby, born at home in the pool, in the caul (in his own bag of waters)

newborn baby with father

I had my first show at 11 am three days after my official due date.  This was very exciting and I called all the midwives and left messages and made plans for passing the time.  Everyone knows that first babies take ages so hubby and I got in the car to go shopping and then head to […]

Pool Bliss – Rhian and baby Owen Connor

labouring in birth pool

Ok, some back story to my choices. My first son was a planned homebirth. He had been three weeks late and I had a real battle with the NHS. I had a really positive 1st stage but a difficult second stage due to him being back to back with the cord wrapped twice around him. […]

Birth at home, from a “big” sister’s view point


Birth Story by Romy Smithson (aged 7.) I woke up to find Mummy in labour. I was excited. I came downstairs and I slept on the settee. The birth pool was filled up and Nana was sleeping in my room. In the morning I made a cake and some biscuits with Nana and the midwife […]

Fifth babe, first at home; fears allayed

My name is Susan. I recently had my fifth child, Josif. I was 42 and wanted to have my baby at home as my hospital experiences had not been very positive. When I went for my first appointment with Josif, I was told it was a high risk pregnancy because of my age and I […]