Meet the team

chris_2

Chris Warren, Yorkshire Storks Founder, Midwife

Yorkshire Storks started as “Your Way Midwifery Practice”, in Kent, in 1990. I felt the only way to combine supportive midwifery with hands on mothering, was to work independently; my daughter was 8 months old. She is now 26 and I feel just as passionately that we need supportive midwifery for our children and grand kids. Currently Independent Midwifery provides woman-centred care that respects the whole family and is based on evidence – where it exists and an acknowledgement of when it does not. I believe that giving birth is part of a continuum, a life event and that supportive, enabling midwifery helps keep everything normal. Evidence shows that care and birth at home is usually best for everyone butback up help and intervention in hospital is sometimes necessary and at times most sensible.  I was nominated for the MAMA Awards 2017!

image1Debs Neiger, Midwife

After 3 years in the NHS, the catalyst for my becoming an independent midwife was the home waterbirth of my son Gabriel with the Yorkshire Storks. I believe that a woman’s birth experiences can have a huge impact on her life and want to be able to support women in getting the birth they want. I believe birth can be joyful, empowering and a highly transformative experience. I am passionate about giving women the confidence to make the best decisions for them and their families. I now also have a daughter, Esme, also born at home in a pool with a Yorkshire Stork in attendance. My special interests are breastfeeding, babywearing and supporting families to find a way of gentle parenting that works for their family. I love knitting, reading and all things pregnancy and birth, even in my spare time, and I won the Gentle Parenting Award in the Health Care Professional category for 2016, and shortlisted for the Best Midwife of the Year MAMA Award in 2017.

sharyn

Sharyn Lock, Midwife

I came to midwifery via a music degree, many years of ecological activism and human rights campaigning including lots of volunteering in the Middle East, community development work in the UK -  generally being interested in community and individual self-empowerment, autonomy and self-determination in all sorts of contexts. At first I thought midwifery was a step in a new direction, but it turned out not to be at all! I am passionate about supporting the autonomy of women as they make choices right for them, and protecting the delicate yet extraordinarily resilient ecology of birth. I enjoy exploring the increasing scientific evidence-base for what women have always known – that our bodies are expertly designed to give birth. In 2015 I received an Iolanthe Midwives Award to plan a return to Gaza where I have previously volunteered, to explore midwifery-led normal birth there, but was unable to take that up – then was lucky enough to be awarded another one in 2019, to go to Frankfurt to observe breech birth in Frank Louwen’s clinic there. I have also published a book and contributed chapters to two others, including Here We Stand: Women Changing the World, winner of the Bread and Roses Award 2015.