Hello there! I am Karen.

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The Virtual Midwife was created to meet the increasing need for professional advice online and has enabled me to support hundreds of families around the world to enjoy their pregnancy and have empowering birth experiences. 

Traveling Midwife

All travel plans are presently on hold due to the corona pandemic but I am still supporting couples virtually in Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, Jakarta and Rwanda and I am certain that my traveling midwife services will resume again in 2021. Contact me for more info




Holistic Birth Preparation

If you have been looking for a class that will take you step by step from pregnancy through birth  – you just found it.

Get the skills and confidence to have the birth you want, on your terms.    PS: Use coupon code COVID and get a complimentary 19% (see what I did there 😘) 


Gentle birth through breath

Not ready to go all in yet? Start here. 

Powerful in its simplicity, this will radically transform the way you experience the sensations of labor. Effective breathing is the true essence of all birth preparation techniques. PPS This is included in the Midwife Guide Birth Bundle. Just saying. 


Virtual Support

Personalised ongoing online support. Includes 24/7 pregnancy hotline (whatsapp/email), access to all my online courses and 90 mins/month of 1:1 consultations.  By far my favourite way of working with couples through pregnancy. 


Fast track your care

This is for you if you need an answer or help RIGHT NOW.  All calls include detailed notes and recommendations plus 1 week whatsapp follow up to make sure you stay on track or that your issue/concern is resolved.  


Get my Book

I spent 14 years working abroad with expats and while nothing about pregnancy is different, it shaped the way I teach while embracing different cultures and beliefs and adapting everything I know accordingly. Available on Amazon.



How Karen helped me

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


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Shereen Zarroug and Eleonora Fornelli have a vision "to be the catalyst that makes the UAE the leading country in the world with the highest rates of positive birth and parenting experiences as a result of increased and on going support, education and respected choices" !

In this interview they share their respective birth stories, how they came to be birth professionals and their mission to spread awareness and strengthen relationships and trust with medical professionals resulting in collaboration and partnership, through open communication with hospitals and maternity units on holistic and gentle birth practices.

Of course this resonates deeply with me and I love connecting with women around the world who are bring their strength and resources together to be the change we want to see in the birth world.

You can find out more about Shereen and Elenonora at Belly Baby Mom and they also have a podcast so make sure you subscribe.

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Catherine M. Salam, CNM, MS, FACNM lives in Annapolis, Maryland, USA. She retired from teaching and practicing midwifery. She was an Adjunct Assistant Professor as well as clinical faculty for Shenandoah University School of Nursing, a distance midwifery program. Prior to this appointment she was didactic and clinical faculty, and Interim Nurse-Midwifery Program Director at the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

Throughout her career she has worked primarily with medically underserved populations and started midwifery services in several
community health centers. In one such center she also held privileges at a free-standing birth center, allowing women options in choice of birth settings.

Ms. Salam has developed and implemented health care training curricula for rural settings in the US and internationally. She has consulted in international health for JHPIEGO and ACNM and participated in medical missions to rural Nicaragua. Other areas of interest include cultural humility, health equity, and student and program evaluation. She has been a speaker and a facilitator for the VIDM Conference in previous years.

audioboom.com/posts/7803114-getting-to-know-catherine-salamAn episode by The Virtual Midwife
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