In the 1980’s I became interested in the effects of the tendency towards hospitalised child birth and an increased caesarian rate. I helped to set up a natural childbirth charity with a few other therapists. The aim was to support families wishing for a more natural form of childbirth and to minimise unnecessary interventions. We promoted water birth and worked as birth attendants along with midwives, in both the home and hospital environment. The obstetrician and water birth pioneer Michel Odent was our patron, he inspired us in this work highlighting the importance of the birthing room environment and how this affects us later in life.
After moving to a remote hill farm on the North York Moors in the mid 90’s I joined with a few other local therapists to set up a natural health centre in our local market town. We wanted to create somewhere to work together and provide a safe relaxing environment for therapies and classes. We set up Kirkbymoorside natural health centre in 2000 and it has been home to many practitioners and seen many clients come through its door ever since.