A few testimonials from well-known midwives and birthworkers:
“I’ve heard Kati perform on numerous occasions, and she never fails to make me smile, and cry. In fact, Kati’s words bring to life all that I want to say – they ring true to my experience as a mother, and a midwife. Totally engaging and delightful, Kati is a talented artist with a deep understanding of the fundamentals of childbirth, and those who support it. Brilliant!”
Sheena Byrom OBE, Midwife
“Maternity care is a topic that necessarily dictates that we talk in terms of science, evidence and statistics over populations. Yet the daily experiences of families having babies occurs on the micro, not the macro. We experience maternity care on an emotional level, with complex individual responses, informed by our whole histories and cultural baggage. The act of having a baby is thus necessarily expressed just as usefully in art, as it is in science.
Kati Edwards’ poetry speaks to us on that emotional level. Through her words we see into the hearts of the mother and the midwife, reminding us that care of the emotions is as important as clinical care. Kati shines a light into the real, lived experiences of families and those who care for them, in a way that makes connections and helps us see things from a new perspective. Her poetry is life affirming, visceral and needs to be heard by anyone involved in planning or implementing modern maternity care.”
Maddie McMahon, Doula and Doula Trainer, Doula Mentor, Author of ‘Why Doulas Matter’, founder of Developing Doulas
“Kati Edwards was an asset as a speaker at ‘The Kindness Conference’ which addressed bullying and the promotion of good culture in midwifery. As a doula she brought her sensitive expertise to this hard topic; as a spoken word poet she brought magic. Her work showed us what it’s like to be a midwife in clinical practice – the rewarding and challenging elements. The presentation of real quotes woven into her poetry obviated the need for lengthy explanations of the issues in midwifery, showing the changes that are needed more powerfully than any number of lengthy powerpoint presentations would have. Plus, she’s a lovely human being.”
Ellie Durant, MidwifeDiaries.com
“Kati Edwards came to our ‘Jordmorteamets conference: “Womens rights in childbirth”’ to perform her poems. How powerful! How true! How inspiring! Kati knows how to reach your heart. She put in to words what all women needs to hear – both birthing women and midwives.”
Cathrine Trulsvik. Midwife, NORWAY
Kati Edwards is an amazing advocate for women, families and woman-focused maternity care. She works to promote the importance of agency and autonomy of women and families. Her work as a doula and spoken word artist combine with her role as a mother to enable brilliant insight in to the value of continuity, compassion and caring.
Anna Byrom, Senior Midwifery Lecturer at UCLAN and Editor of The Practicing Midwife
Kati is an engaging speaker and her spoken word talks are both poignant and fun.
Sophie Messager, Doula
Some of the conferences I’ve spoken at so far include:
Hull University Midwifery Society “Optimising Birth Conference” 2018, Kingston at St Georges University Midwifery Conference ‘I Have A Voice’, London, 2018, Huddersfield Midwifery Society Physiological Birth Conference 2018, The Women’s Voices Conference, London 2017 and 2016, The 12th International Normal Labour and Birth Conference, Grange Over Sands 2017, KG Hypnobirthing Conference, Manchester 2017, Manchester Homebirth Conference 2016, Women’s Right’s in Childbirth, Drammen, NORWAY 2016, Women and Wellbeing Festival 2016, Bradford Midwifery Society Conference 2016, MAMA Conference, Ayrshire 2016, Doula UK, London 2016, Salford Midwifery Society Conference, March 2016, Manchester Home Birth Conference 2015, Harrogate Midwifery Study Day, 2015
If you organise birth related events, study days and conferences and would like me to come and speak for you this page tells you a little about me…
My name is Kati Edwards. I’m a Spoken Word Performance Poet, Doula, KG Hypnobirthing Teacher and Trainer and a campaigner for better births. I advocate (usually in rhyme) for informed choice and women’s rights in childbirth.
The birth of my 2nd child featured on a BBC1 documentary ‘Childbirth All Or Nothing’ and as a result of my story and my spoken word, I’ve been invited to speak at conferences both nationally and internationally (see below for a selection of events I have spoken at already).
Before I became a birth poet, I worked for the NHS as an Assistant Clinical Psychologist for 7 years and have an MSc in Advanced Practice Interventions in Mental Health and this gives me an understanding of the sensitivity necessary when dealing with people’s wellbeing as well as an understanding of change culture within the NHS. Much of my work focused on helping people with chronic pain making use of the mind/ body connection; something which I feel requires deeper exploration within maternity services.
With my spoken word poetry, I aim to inspire, help midwives re-engage with their mojo as well as providing a voice for service users who would like informed choice and to be supported in their choices.
• The Being Midwife
• Infiniti Non Carborundum (on bullying in Midwifery)
• Birthplace Matters
• It’s Not Because (my signature poem)
• Addiction To Convention
This one went crazy viral on Facebook. It’s about Bullying in Midwifery.
💥I was asked to write it by a midwife friend who had been bullied in the workplace so I asked on a #Facebook forum for victims of bullying in midwifery for the lines used against them.
It was probably the longest thread I’ve ever created!
💥I wanted REAL voices
💥The poem was created with as many of the lines as I could. And reduced it all down to 5 minutes.
💥It’s both epic and alarming
💥I hope by writing this the bullies recognise themselves and stop and those who are bullied realise it too and seek support and understanding.
💥It’s called “Illegitimi Non Carborundum” – Don’t Let The Bastards Grind You Down
Here is ‘Addiction To Convention’. I uploaded this version to the @WeMidwives 2 minute twitter chat.
The next poem, I can’t take all the credit for. I co-wrote it with Ben Mellor, an award-winning Manchester based spoken artist.
It’s called “It’s Not Because” and it was written to promote the series of crowdfunded videos I made after the birth of my 2nd child featured on the BBC1 documentary “Childbirth All Or Nothing”. I felt I had more say!
This one’s called The Being Midwife and it’s inspired by the work of Consultant Midwife Dr Tracey Cooper and the amazing One To One midwife who was at Seraphina’s birth, Emma Healey.
I wrote this one for the Birthplace Matters campaign.
I am available to either do a ‘set’ which can be purely spoken word poetry or it can include my story of how I came to be involves in the BBC1 documentary and what I learnt having my babies. Alternatively, I can perform my poems between the other speakers throughout the day. Both options have worked well and provide something different for your audience.
As I am a KG Hypnobirthing teacher and trainer and a doula, I can speak about either of these topics too!
Posters in My Shop
I also have a series of popular art posters of my poems available in my online shop as gifts for midwives or birth junkies. If you’d like to take a look, please go here: http://www.birthyouinlove.com/gifts/
Please do get in touch if you are interested in booking me or finding out more about what I do!
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To book me for an event or to register your interest, feel free to send me a message.
Sling It, North West (Northern UK Sling Festival)
Women deserve to know they are strong.
Students and birth workers must reflect on whether they are helping the women get the birth SHE wants.
The ‘powers that be’ need to collect what is known, appropriately fund and implement workable guidance so midwives can work in a way that feels right to them giving women the best chance of birthing the way they want to.
We need more midwives, continuity of care, true woman centred care, sensible paperwork and protocols that are evidence based as opposed to risk averse.
From the top down, and from the bottom up; that’s the way things are going to change.
You can see some of my poems in MY SHOP brought to life by the fabulous artist Stephanie Green.
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