Newham homebirth support group


“Experiences have clearly shown that an approach which ‘de-medicalizes’ birth, restores dignity and humanity to the process of childbirth, and returns control to the mother is also the safest approach.” Michel Odent, French obstetrician.

Homebirth in Newham is an online and face to face support group for women and their partners considering a homebirth and living around Newham and East London. We meet for a cup of tea in Ilona’s house in Beckton every third Wednesday of the month. Most of the birth stories published on this site are from the women taking part in the group. Ilona decided to host this support group as she was attending a similar one elsewhere and hearing women share personal experiences about giving birth at home helped her to prepare for birth.

Birth of a new person never ceases to be a wonder. It’s a day any mother remembers for the rest of her life. It lays foundations for bonding with the baby and breastfeeding, postnatal physical and mental recovery. Nowadays dominating medicalized approach to labour and its dramatic depiction in media make women doubt their ability to give birth. Homebirth in Newham group is dedicated to sharing knowledge of natural process of childbirth and miraculous women’s bodies.

Pregnant women, mums, dads and birth partners, midwifes and doulas – everyone is welcome to our informal monthly meetup. Get in touch with Ilona Sabera malinconia @ or join “Homebirth in Newham” Facebook group to come our next meetup!

Our next meet up dates:

21st November 2018, 8pm-10pm at Ilona’s home.

No meet up in December.

We will meet again in January!

What we do:
-tell and listen to birth stories, it’s always empowering to hear women’s experiences,
-share advice on maternity services provided to women planning a homebirth in Newham,
-discuss all the practicalities of homebirth and natural birth,
-talk about any other birth related matters and concerns.