Sheena Byrom is a practising midwife, and worked within the NHS for more than 35 years. Sheena was one of the UK’s first consultant midwives, and as a head of midwifery successfully helped to lead the development of three birth centres in East Lancashire. Sheena is a Board member of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), a member of the RCM’s Better Births initiative, Patron of StudentMidwife.Net and Chair of the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust. Currently Sheena is working as a midwifery expert at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, and is one of the project leads for a new exciting development, the Midwifery Unit Network.
Sheena’s midwifery memoirs, Catching Babies, is a Sunday Times bestseller, and her absolute passion is promoting normal physiological birth, and a positive childbirth experience for all women. Her latest book, The Roar Behind the Silence: why kindness, compassion and respect matter in maternity care is jointly edited with Soo Downe, and together they hope the book will used as a resource to promote positive childbirth throughout the world. Sheena was awarded an OBE in 2011 for services to midwifery, and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Midwives in 2015. Sheena actively lobbies for maternity service improvements through several social media channels. Sheena is currently a midwife consultant, and lectures nationally and internationally on midwifery and childbirth related topics. Her personal and midwifery related website is sheenabyrom.com.