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Giving Birth abroad is a scary thought for most Mums.

Hands up if your first thought was to hop on a plane when you found out you were pregnant? Being far from home and family during pregnancy can be lonely and just a little bit scary.

karenwilmot-baby-with-familyI know because I am a serial expat myself and I have been working with expats expecting for the last 20 years. You have your own special set of needs and concerns.

I am here to help you navigate them all and wish you warmly welcome!

– Karen Wilmot, The Virtual Midwife


1. How do I decide which Doctor to choose?
2. Are the hospitals equipped to cope with emergencies?
3. I have heard so many horror stories from fellow expats about the care
4. What if I am talked into having a c/section against my will?
5. I cannot find antenatal classes like they have back home
6. Will I be able to have all the correct tests and scans?
7. I am concerned about the language barrier and things getting lost in translation
8. I feel lonely and unsupported, far from home and family
9. I am worried about the level of health care offered
10. I am concerned that I may not be able to make my wishes understood

MY SCORE:________

How I can support you:


This program includes everything you need to know for an enjoyable pregnancy and birth experience.

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Become Birth Fit, the holistic way.

The Virtual Midwife program prepares you for a delivery where you are truly empowered to harness the power of your body, mind, breath, emotions, and the both sides of your brain.

This is not a work OUT, but requires you to work IN. During the course you will learn the inner skills needed to shorten your labor and ease the intensity of the sensations.

You will be trained to make the best choices for yourself using both your right hemisphere, the instinctive home of pregnancy and motherhood, and the left hemisphere that guides rational logic and analysis.

You will learn how to access the tremendous feminine power within you that allows you to create a safe, enjoyable birth setting for you and your baby, even far from home. You are made for this!

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 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 being pregnant and all of a sudden noticing pregnant women all around you? It’s strange, it’s exciting and it’s a little bit scary all at the same time. Here you will find a welcoming community of likeminded women. This is a virtual home for pregnant women living abroad. This will be YOUR space to share, learn, laugh and play and I will be with you every step of the way. 

The Virtual Midwife … at a glance


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

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

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.

The Virtual Midwife in the Press





Join women around the world and become part of the community

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

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

Unique Advantages for Owning the Virtual Midwife Birth Prep Course

Smooth and supported birth

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.

Always accessible

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.

Easy and direct access to me

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 our members-only Facebook group and live interaction with the Virtual Midwife.

karenwilmot-1I have passionately helped over 600 families have positive birth experiences.
Let me help you too!

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