Who Is The Virtual Midwife?

The Virtual Midwife is for you if…

My life has been building towards the point of becoming ‘the virtual midwife’ ever since I was born. I grew up in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, in a busy household where my mother was a midwife and my early years were full of her stories of brave women and incredible births. Even back then the idea of birth filled me with awe, and the desire to nurture and treasure new life became embedded in my soul.

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You want to enjoy and calm and peaceful pregnancy and birth
You want to feel in control and be an active participant in your care
You are feeling overwhelmed with the volume of information available
You crave that little bit extra; the personal touch Read More

What makes the Virtual Midwife program so special?

Personal Touch

All the information in the world means nothing if you don’t have anyone to help you  put it all in perspective. Besides, you want someone to TALK to, to ASK questions and most of all you want to be HEARD. That’s what I do. I listen and I use my experience and expertise to guide you to the correct resources, regardless of where you are in the world. 

The Principles

You know it is important it is to be relaxed during labor but how do you achieve that? There are 5 KEY PRINCIPLES that go beyond the basic facts that you need to understand in order for everything else to make sense. This program provides information with a PURPOSE and actionable steps to get you to a place of deep understanding and trust.

The People

Do you remember finding out about your pregnancy and all of a sudden noticing every other pregnant women around you? It’s weird, it’s exciting and it’s a little bit scary.This is a community of likeminded women. This is where you belong. This is YOUR space to share, learn, laugh and play and I am with you every step of the way. 

“The antenatal course was brilliant for both my husband and I. Karen shared her vast midwifery knowledge in a sensible yet fun way. She instills confidence through her calming and reassuring approach.”

Debs & Pete Teachers

How I support you during pregnancy. 

I help you put things in perspective. I support you through challenging times. The package you choose depends on how deep you want to go and what level of support you seek. If you are unsure, then start small – you can always upgrade!!


The ultimate birth program
  • By the end of 6 weeks you will have a clear plan of action to achieve a healthy pregnancy and birth. You will receive video tutorials, audio downloads, to-do lists  and how-to guides. This is the perfect way to replace fear with curiosity and really enjoy your pregnancy, a comprehensive crash course that covers everything you need to know.
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A tailor made package just for you
  • I support you through pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding with 1:1 care. You will receive video tutorials, audio downloads, to-do lists  and how-to guides.PLUS you will have 8 private sessions to discuss your birth plan and for me to guide you through challenges, decisions and the first weeks at home with a newborn.
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A Sneak Peak at the Last 20 Years

Every birth I have attended has changed me on some level and taught me something about the incredible wisdom of women and babies.

I promote a holistic approach to birth which includes yoga and powerful breathing techniques. We can not separate body, mind and breath.

I believe in safe and gentle birth for ALL women. I host workshops and retreats around the world to raise awareness of the importance of safe & gentle birth and how to achieve it.

Karen taught me about “holding space” before I even knew it was a thing. The lessons I learned from her altered the course of my life. My pregnancy and birth experience was so amazing that it inspired me to become a doula. Hayley Rand

Birth Doula, UK

Karen was not only with me for both of my pregnancies and births, she was also my mentor during my doula studies. She taught me the value of honoring every woman’s experience. Lindsay Lane Ward Hoffman

Yoga Teacher and Doula, USA

Throughout my wife’s pregnancies I often felt overlooked and rather like a spare wheel. Karen was the only person to make me feel entitled to share and take part in the birth experience. For that I will always be immensely grateful. Ross Baird

Creative Director

Karen helped me to understand the non-necessity of modern medical interventions and when and how to say ‘no’

Iram Ansari, Assistant Professor in Accounting & Finance at the Sultan Qaboos University, Oman

Reasons to Love Online Birth Preparation

Statistics (and personal experience) show improved birth outcomes and increased overall satisfaction with the birth experience when couples are prepared and educated about what to expect. This is especially true for expats who are already in foreign circumstances.

Even the most loving & supportive husbands sometimes don’t see the point of going to a class to “learn to breathe.”  With online classes you don’t even need to leave the house! All you need is a good wifi connection and a comfy chair and you are good to go.

No more endless searching that results in at least 5 conflicting responses and more questions than answers.  Everything you need to know is in this course. All your questions will be answered PLUS you will have access to your private online community café and live interaction with the Virtual Midwife.

Join women around the world and become part of The Virtual Midwife Community

The Virtual Midwife in the Press

Preparing for Baby

There is so much information available but so much of it focuses on the problems, risks and negative aspects. As a result most women fear giving birth and I was seeing women arriving in the delivery suite in a state of tension and panic. I believe in safe and gentle birth but it is crucial to be effectively prepared to get this. Read more

What you need to know about giving birth abroad

Having a baby, especially your first, in a foreign country can be a daunting thought. It is easy to get so caught up in this that you neglect the physical and emotional preparation required for this life changing event. So for a moment lets forget that you are in a foreign country and get back to basics. Read More

The Joy of Yoga in Pregnancy

Asana and Pranayama help us towards gaining mastery over our body and developing an energetic awareness of ourselves.Mastery of the breath is one of the most important techniques to learn in preparation for birth. There are many aspects of birth that are out of our control, but we always have control of the breath and the mind and they influence each other in equal measure. Read More

The Virtual Midwife … at a glance


My mother was a midwife and also my first and greatest teacher. She taught me that birth was a natural, normal and incredibly beautiful.

I love to travel and I am blessed that my work takes me around the world supporting women online and in person
Favourite things include yoga, sailing, singing and cheese and tomato sandwiches.
Writer, speaker, entrepreneur, adventurer, sailor, musician and keeper of women’s traditions
My ‘first birth’ was actually a cow. I was 8 years old and from that moment I was hooked on birth!
Nursing, midwifery, hypnotherapy, yoga, marketing, business administration & adult eductation
“So much of who we are is where we have been.” Lao Tzu

Don’t just take it from me, this is what your community is saying

I never believed that birth could be so beautiful Sofia Tsiafi

Attorney at Law, Greece

I thought it was just a class about birth, but for me, it was life changing Natalia Costa

Film Maker, Portugal

With her holistic approach, Karen helped me experience childbirth as it is meant to be – natural. Chloe Steele

Nutritionist, UK


Sharing the wisdom of 20 years of working with women

Holistic Birth

There is a lot of talk about holistic health and living but how does it apply to pregnancy and birth and what difference does it make? Fifteen years ago, I dismissed it as just another fad. After all I was still working in the hospital system and following hospital... read more

Fear, Love and Birth

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. ― John Lennon Just as the fear of an actress before she steps on... read more

5 Tips for Expats Expecting

You’ve just landed in a foreign country on an expat assignment and you find out you are pregnant. All of a sudden everything changes because you are bringing a baby into the world. Naturally you want everything to be perfect and instead it all just feels strange. I... read more

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You don’t sign up until you have had a chance to chat to me. Click on the phone icon below to book a complimentary session and let’s get to know each other. This is your  opportunity to ask questions and get answers and find out if this is the right program for you. I have helped hundreds of families to have positive birth experiences – let me help you too.