I've been a practising midwife since 1978, totally committed to supporting midwives to maximise potential for all women to have a positive birth experience.
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Sheena Byrom OBE
I am a freelance midwifery consultant, using the knowledge and skill I developed during an extensive midwifery career in the NHS. I was one of the UK’s first consultant midwives, and as head of midwifery I successfully helped to lead the development of three birth centres in East Lancashire.
As well as being an international speaker, I provide consultancy services to both NHS Trusts and to organisations globally; helping and supporting them to develop midwifery led services. I am involved in several charities related to midwifery, and with esteemed colleagues, I co-lead of the Midwifery Unit Network, an initiative which aims to support the development and success of midwifery units through connecting and sharing resources. I now work closely with my midwife daughter Anna Byrom, check out our website Byrom and Byrom. Anna and I are the new joint owners of the renowned midwifery journal The Practising Midwife - which is now part of our newly developed online learning and support platform All4Maternity.
My midwifery memoirs, Catching Babies, is a Sunday Times bestseller, and my absolute passion is promoting normal physiological birth, and a positive childbirth experience for all women. I jointly edited The Roar Behind the Silence: why kindness, compassion and respect matter in maternity care with Professor Soo Downe OBE. This seminal book is being used globally as a resource to improve maternity services. Our new book, Squaring the Circle: researching normal birth in a technological world will be published in June 2019.
I was awarded an OBE in 2011 for services to midwifery, and I received an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Midwives in 2015. In 2016 I was delighted to receive an Honorary Doctorate from Bournemouth University.
I actively lobby for maternity service improvements through several social media channels, and I lecture nationally and internationally on midwifery and childbirth related topics, and the use of social media for improving maternity care.
This website is personal, and does not reflect the position of any of the organisations I connect with.