I’m Irene, a Spanish midwife, author, writer, and educator. I’m also a mother of 2 amazing girls aged 10 and 8.
I’m an optimist and a traveller. I’ve lived in many different countries with my family. I find the world so fascinating that staying in one place doesn’t align at all with my philosophy.
I’ve been a midwife for almost 20 years.
I trained as a nurse in Ávila, Spain as this was a necessary step in my home country to become a midwife.
A few months after qualifying as a nurse at 21 years of age I went to work in the UK and shortly after I started my midwifery training in Birmingham, in the most multicultural hospital I’ve ever stepped foot on.
I’ve always had a very natural approach to pregnancy and the way we, women give birth. From the very first moment I entered the midwifery field, I realized how unnecessarily medicalized women’s processes are.
Once I qualified as a midwife, I moved to Cambridge and after spending a few years there, I went traveling for a few months on my own. I’ve had the time of my life and I circled the globe flying west and returning home from the East. During this journey, I visited the US, Fiji islands, New Zealand, Australia, and Thailand.
I then moved to the Canary Islands and worked in two different hospitals: A big university hospital on the main island and a very small one on a more remote island. On a funny note, for a year, I took a plane to work (as I lived on the main big island).
Then I met my actual partner and I moved to the mainland.
Since I moved to Spain, I started developing courses to help other midwives in their careers. I went from town to town providing courses and helpful tips I’d have liked if someone would have given me before. Slowly, I became an independent midwife, accompanying women in their pregnancies and their transition into motherhood and since then, helping women and families live a fulfilling life has been what keeps inspiring and moving me.
I started writing at a very young age. I wrote a public journal to my friends where I’d describe my life as a student midwife in a foreign country. A few years into my midwifery career I started to write what became my first published book, “The womb-emptying society”, a novel about pregnancy and childbirth where different women (an addict, a lesbian, an escort, a lone mother, a woman who has suffered pregnancy loss…) tell their own pregnancy journey. Its publication in Spain was one of the big moments of my career. It didn’t make it to the bestsellers’ list although it has reached many women, new parents, and midwives. It was so rewarding to read beautiful reviews from totally unknown people… a few years after, it got translated into English.
But if we’re going to talk about important dates for me these would be my own pregnancies.
The first time I became pregnant I had been a midwife for 8 years. By then I had developed a total trust in my body. I knew I wanted that central role in my own pregnancy. I decided to free birth (just my partner and I in the house) and my first child, my daughter Gaia. Just a couple of months earlier, while I was accompanying a woman in labor, Gaia appeared to me. The day after I told my husband to stop looking for baby names: I was pregnant with a girl named Gaia.
Two years and a few months after she was born, I gave birth to Zoé (again without any assistance), in a really pleasurable birth, the most empowering event I’ve lived so far.
When Zoé was a 5 months old baby, we left Spain and traveled around south-east Asia for a few months with the intention to establish in Melbourne, Australia.
While my paperwork got ready we visited Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Macao…and my husband, a businessman, started studying alternative therapies as he envisioned how to add to what I was offering. He studied in different schools… A few months into our Asian journey he found me a job in Bangladesh and we moved there for 1.5 years where I helped them develop the midwifery career, I also got the opportunity to work a couple of months in Nepal, one of the most geographically challenging countries to provide midwifery care!
We never made it to Australia. We spent a few months in India before we returned to Europe. In 2015 we moved to the UK and I worked in several hospitals, a birth center and I became a midwifery lecturer in two different universities.
When COVID hit the world, we decided it was time to leave the UK and find a country to raise our kids where being in contact with nature was very easy.
Since we made this decision, we had been working on developing our own maternity-related business “True midwifery school” where we help midwives and women get grounded and understand their own bodies and processes with an approach based on health and love. I deregistered as a midwife to be able to work with women as I truly believe it should be: placing women, babies, and families at the center of the care I provide without answering to anyone else but them.
In March 2021 we arrived in Cancun, Mexico. This country is where midwifery has the most ancient roots, coming from the Mayas and passed from generation to generation from 4000 years ago.
We had no plans, apart from exploring this new territory and becoming as grounded and as in contact with nature as possible. I was 43 and my partner was 46 when we arrived here. As fertility experts, and although we were just giving my age the amount of importance it deserved, we knew that if we wanted to become parents again the sooner we started the better.
I’ve only had one menstrual period in this country.
Welcome to my pregnancy journal where week by week I’ll be telling you my pregnancy experience as a pregnant woman in her third pregnancy and as a midwife.
I’m a mother of two daughters living my third pregnancy at 43 years of age. I’m an author and a midwife who loves traveling and living life to its full potential.
I’ve recently moved to Mexico where midwifery has been rooted in their culture from the rich Mayan culture for 4000 years.
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