The Positive Birth Movement, established by Milli Hill, believes that every woman deserves a positive birth. A positive birth means a birth in which a woman feels she has freedom of choice, access to accurate information, and that she is in control, powerful and respected. A birth that she approaches with a sense of calm and with an open mind, but without fear or dread, and that she then goes on to enjoy, and later remember with warmth and pride.
A positive birth does not have to be ‘natural’ or ‘drug free’ – it simply has to be informed from a place of positivity as opposed to fear. The Positive Birth Movement is woman-centred and as such respects a woman’s human right to choose where and how she has her baby.
You can birth with positivity in hospital or at home, with or without medical intervention. You can have a positive caesarean, or a positive home water birth. Positive Birth is about approaching birth realistically, having genuine choice, and feeling empowered by your experience.
The Positive Birth Movement believes that communication is the key to shaking up birth. By coming together, in real life and online, and sharing experiences, feelings, knowledge and wisdom, women can take back childbirth.
What is a Positive Birth Movement Group?
They are a place for ALL pregnant women AND those who have an interest in talking birth – regardless of their background, experience or choices – to come together and share experiences, thoughts, feelings and insight about childbirth. There is often also tea and cake!
Positive Birth Groups aim to be a helpful part of your pregnancy; a warm and welcoming place to hear stories and ideas, to consider what you really want from your childbirth experience, and to challenge any fears or negative expectations you might have.
Positive Birth Groups aim to complement your existing ante-natal input and they do not seek to replace medical advice. Before taking any action based on information you have received in a Positive Birth group, please speak to your Health Care Professional.
In Edinburgh and the Lothians – What’s happening
We are a branch of the Positive Birth Movement. This branch is facilitated by Tricia Murray, Kathryn Lawrence, Bea Christie, Victoria Schofield, Linzi Cosgrove and Christine Downie. We hold monthly meetings in Edinburgh and West Lothian for anyone with an interest in birth. Get in touch to find out more.