Moving for Birth

This movement practice is for women, their partners and their birth partners, whatever type of birth is planned.

In labour and birth, the map of the 5Rhythms can assist in understanding the enormous surges of energy, which lead to birth and how to release and surrender to this process. By letting go of your rational mind, while at the same time feeling grounded it is possible to maintain a sense of control as you surrender to the waves of energy coursing through your body and mind. Being grounded in your body and trusting the process of birth are helped by an understanding of the pattern of energy that moves through you during labour.

No experience of, or ability in dance, movement, yoga or any exercise form is  necessary for this workshop.

Please wear comfortable clothes to move in, and get ready to DANCE!

Saturday 28th April 3pm - 5pm
Early bird price £20pp | £36 per couple
General price £25pp | £46 per couple


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About the teacher: 

Clare McCarthy

"I am a midwife, doula and birth educator. I am passionate about each woman’s individual experience of pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period.

I am a qualified 5Rhythms teacher; I trained with Gabrielle Roth, the founder of 5Rhythms movement practice 25 years ago and have been teaching and using this simple movement practice to inform my work as a teacher of dance and movement in community settings and now as a midwife and birth educator.

I studied Social Anthropology (MA Hons), including 6 months fieldwork in Malaysia, focusing on the traditions and rituals of pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period. This started my interest in maternity care systems and how medical and traditional belief systems interact to support physical and psychological health and wellbeing.

I trained and worked as a doula before studying midwifery. I qualified as a midwife in 2014 (BSc Kings University, London). I was able to work as a student in a caseloading homebirth and mental health team, which gave me invaluable insights into homebirth and midwifery care, where mental health is at the forefront of all interactions with women and their partners. I completed my preceptorship year at Homerton University Hospital, London, where I work part-time.

My work in maternity care and as a midwife is informed by my strong belief in choice for all women and that each woman’s voice must be heard and listened to throughout this crucial life-changing journey. The findings in the Birthrights "Dignity Survey" (2013) unequivocally show that the manner in which women are treated underpins the type of birth experience women have, no matter what type of birth they have. Dignity, respect and compassion obviously make a world of difference!

I have four children who were all born at home."