This summer I travel to Thailand with four Thai bodywork practitioners who have a passion for working with pregnant and post-partum women. We are going on an incredible and exciting research trip, organised by my teacher.
I feel very strongly about being able to offer support to women throughout one of the most important times of their lives. Despite it being an exciting time, it is also often difficult.
The birth of my daughter involved a Cesarean due to her being breech, so the home birth I had planned was not possible. Luckily I had my mum, aunts, sister and a nutritionist (who was a radical midwife) around to help take care of me. All these years later the combined support they gave me touches my heart and I wonder what it would have been like without them.
So to travel with five women in Thailand, all of whom have a passion for women’s health and a strong commitment to being able to offer support during this incredibly unique period of their lives is something I feel very strongly about.
The plan is that we meet in Bangkok and then travel to very remote villages in the far north of Thailand. We are travelling with a translator who will be able to help us communicate with village doctors and midwifes.
This will be a trip of a lifetime; one that we are all honoured to be able to experience. In part this is because of the respect we have for our lineage which adheres to Thai bodywork in the context of Thai medicine. Also my teacher lived in Thailand and has good contacts there and she has researched practitioners with whom we can study.
The plan on my return to the UK is to develop a training course for practitioners to help pregnant and post-partum women which honours Thai medical theory and the knowledge of Thai midwives and doctors. I am sure that there will be many people like me who also want to do this kind of work and to make a life changing difference to all the new mamas and their babies.