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    Weʼve raised £580 to Get The Midwives to Glastonbury Festival 2017

    Glastonbury Festival
    Funded on Wednesday, 28th June 2017

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    Every year midwives are at Glastonbury Festival...
    Like last year, we are raising money to hire a van for the week and to pay for the fuel to get us, the yurt and our equipment there and back. Last year the van cost £370 and we spent £100 on fuel, we then encountered some unforeseen costs at the end of the festival due to not being able to leave the site because of the horrific weather, which came out of our own pockets. The charity we represent is a small concern and cannot afford to fund transport to the festival.
    Many moons ago the local hospital provided NHS midwives to work at the festival in the medical centre. Understandably there would be massive uproar if that were to happen now, so, The Midwives at Glastonbury Festival are midwives who take a weeks holiday from our NHS jobs and volunteer at the festival, to uphold the tradition, and are now situated in the Earth Circle of the Healing Fields.
    We belong to a charity called The Association of Radical Midwives (ARM) - a charity that promotes normal birth and with membership that includes doctors, chiropractors, mothers, fathers, doulas, expectant parents, hypnotherapists as well as the ubiquitous midwife.
    The yurt is staffed for the entire festival (for us it's over a week of the festival including set up and dismantle) by four qualified midwives, we set up the yurt as a haven of peace for anyone needing midwifery support.
    We are NOT there to provide routine midwifery care but will provide emergency care if needed.
    Last year was a challenge, the mud was half way up the wellingtons most of the time and people who came to see us often stayed for a long time, we provided much tea, biscuits and often the only warm and dry place to rest and recover. Did I mention? We also have a wood burning stove.
    For visitors, the Midwife Yurt is open from midday Wednesday to Sunday afternoon, mostly 10am to 7pm

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    • Chantelle Thornley2 years ago
      Chantelle Thornley

      Chantelle Thornley

      2 years ago

      We did it! Here's the yurt in action with a breastfeeding Mum and the very first midwife to pop a tent on the Healing Fields instead of down at the medical tent. We had some fantastic experiences, supported each other and the people we met. Spread the word about #savethemidwife campaign and generally made up for last year's long old slog! In the spirit of letting our supporters know what their donations went on... Van hire £355 for 12 days; fuel £120; gas for cooker & a regulator £25; biscuits & drinks £10. No mishaps = spare £ for repairs!

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    • Chantelle Thornley2 years ago
      Chantelle Thornley

      Chantelle Thornley

      2 years ago

      Final post - possibly.., this is our poster that we're going to be popping around the site pre-fest telling folks we are here! They are coming off my tiny printer as I type! In the past we have played host to #RubyWax (she's there again this year and I for one will be trying to get to see her) #ledge #amazingwoman #awestruck. Also helped many pregnant women - 'so glad you're here'. Midwives - 'ARM was the only thing that kept me going' #emotional. Grandmas - 'I've never told that part of my story to anyone before' #glastomagic. Getting ready.

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    • Chantelle Thornley2 years ago
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      2 years ago

      You're never too young to learn about newborn babies! Joe Gilbert demonstrated an extraordinary amount of empathy and care for this silicone 'baby'. This was near the end of the festival where, thankfully, we had a couple of dry (even sunny) days so mercifully the yurt was able to be taken down and put away dry. We don't run scheduled workshops at Glastonbury, we have found that women either seek us out specifically, cos they've seen in the programme that The Midwives are in the #HealingFields or folks just happen upon us as they explore.

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    26

    • Lisa Radway

      Lisa Radway

      Jun 16, 2017

      Im 30 weeks with my first baby (it's my 7th glasto) and I look forward to seeing you there!

      £10.00

    • Jane Gilbert

      Jane Gilbert

      Jun 16, 2017

      The photo of Joe is worth every penny of this donation. Have a great time this year.

      £20.00

    • Kathryn Matthews

      Kathryn Matthews

      Jun 16, 2017

      Thank you for being there x

      £10.00

    • Melanie Markham

      Melanie Markham

      Jun 16, 2017

      Happy to support you, supporting others!xx

      £10.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jun 15, 2017

      £50.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jun 9, 2017

      £30.00

    • Beverley jervis

      Beverley jervis

      Jun 9, 2017

      Have a great festival! Thanks for spreading the midwifery love in Glastonbury, I shall e with you in spirit ❤️❤️❤️

      £20.00

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    Chantelle Thornley

    Chantelle Thornley

    Glastonbury Festival

    I work as a midwife for the NHS in a Nottingham community setting. I'm also a nurse for a charity called Beaumond House Community Hospice based in Newark. My passions are theatre and drama, my cats, knitting dischcloths (I like knitting other things but don't seem to have time).

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