Jenny Smith

Jenny is a midwife who passionately believes all women can achieve a comfortable childbirth, giving as much normality as possible to all women regardless of how their babies are born. Her birth wrap concept provides a new one to one midwifery approach to antenatal classes which aim to empower women for birth and beyond.

She has worked for 38 years in the NHS and is passionate about supporting women in their preparation for birth and beyond, providing a holistic approach to midwifery care for over 30 years. Jenny has worked both in hospital, community and home birth settings and has been instrumental in changing birth environments on mainstream labour wards.

Jenny believes what she calls “Maternity Architecture” is the way forward for birthing in the UK where mainstream labour wards adjust both infrastructure and buildings to change the culture of birth for both the family and the professional family who care for them.

As founder of the Jentle Childbirth Foundation, she has promoted normality through lectures in the UK and worldwide and has produced three films: The Natural Caesarean, VBAC Birth and Holistic Birth.

Her book Your Body Your Baby Your Birth was published in 2009 by Rodale and she is co-author of The Natural Caesarean: a woman-centered technique (Smith J, Plaat F, Fisk N).

Jenny has also contributed the chapter "The "natural caesarean" technique as inspiration for normalising practice for all types of birth" for the book Promoting Normal Birth: research, reflections and guidelines (Smith J, Plaat F, Fisk N. The natural caesarean: a woman-centred technique. BJOG 2008;115:1037–1042).