Meet Me: Melody Weig, BGS, SCM, DHyp

I am a self-employed independent midwife who have chosen career satisfaction over job security. I am on call 24 hours a day and can be reached easily, night or day.


Melody Weig Birth Rites

I realised I wanted to be a midwife while completing a degree in Women's Studies in the USA. Having exhausted the possibilities for training in America, I left after finishing my degree to train in England, qualifying in 1979.

I came to independent midwifery in 1981 out of a passionate belief that getting to know a woman well by providing continuity of care was crucial to keeping the experience normal for her and her family. That belief has been realized many times over through years of satisfying work.

In the early ‘80's I trained in homeopathy and baby massage. In 1985 I was a founding member and first secretary of the Independent Midwives Association (IMA), one of the organisers of the First International Home Birth Conference in 1987 and sole organiser in 1989 of the first national conference for the IMA, The Midwife as Practitioner: The Way Forward for Midwifery.

On my return to midwifery in the Unites States in the ‘90's, I was vice president of the Iowa Midwives Association and chief lobbyist to the Iowa Assembly in our attempt to broaden the laws governing midwifery practice. While there, I trained in a method to assess the female pelvis externally. I returned to the UK in 2001.

I have lectured widely in England and abroad. Lectures and workshops have included such diverse topics as: breech birth; homoeopathy in pregnancy, childbirth and aftercare; alternatives to immunisation; the politics of midwifery; keeping birth normal; the importance of post-natal care; independent midwifery; assessing the pelvis; baby massage; suturing; and how to reduce the caesarean rate.

I trained with the London College of Clinical Hypnosis (LCCH) and qualified as a clinical hypnotherapist in 2004. LCCH is accredited by the University of Greenwich and the Royal College of Nurses and it was a year long course of study. I specialise in preparing women for labour and birth. I have a small private practice and work with people to overcome phobias, stop smoking, lose weight, and to deal with various anxieties and life transitions.

I am a mother and a member of the Royal College of Midwives, the Independent Midwives Association, the Association of Radical Midwives; and the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

My interests include dancing, tai chi, Buddhism, reading and travel, and I sing tenor in a choir. My son Alexei is now a young man working in London.
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