We believe that the more trust and understanding we bring to the natural, extraordinary process of pregnancy and childbirth, the more powerful and life-enhancing your experience of it can be.
We aim to inspire you to have confidence in your body’s innate ability to give birth, whether at home or in hospital. Your pregnancy will bring you instinctive wisdom; our intention is to provide you with relevant knowledge and tools to support, nurture and empower both you and your partner. This will allow you to make informed decisions naturally and carefully, from a balanced, positive perspective, so that you can look forward to the birth of your baby with optimism, confidence and joy.
Our knowledge and inspiration has been accumulated over many years and from many specialists in the field of birth. We focus especially on the teaching of Janet Balaskas, founder of the Active Birth movement, of which we are associate members.
Patricia Whitworth and Karin Walters have many years’ experience supporting women and their partners through pregnancy, birth and motherhood, and have extensive knowledge of the challenges that can arise along the way. They created Birthwise in 2004 to combine their passion for empowering women to have meaningful and positive birth experiences. They continue to support and inspire each other.
They work closely with other specialists in their field:
Kate Wren - Placenta Encapsulation
Janine Gassmann - Birth and Postnatal Doula
Gaby Sweet - Birth and Family Photographer
“Attending the classes run by the team at Birthwise in Exeter, and employing their fabulous doulas, were some of the wisest decisions we have ever made. We are eternally grateful - the birth of our daughter was such a positive and empowering experience"