Sally Kelly came to midwifery later in life as a direct entry midwife based in the UK. She maintains her strong belief and trust in the physiological birth process, believing that, in the absence of pathology, birth should be observed—not managed or coerced. She has held on to her vision of birth despite the harsh realities and pressures of working in an organization with a clear business focus. Currently, she works in a large NHS teaching hospital in London as a specialist bereavement midwife. Working with bereaved families is very emotionally charged and definitely a calling, but when it is done well the benefits to families can make a difference in a tragic situation. Although the work she does is demanding, she retains her autonomy and is supported by the Trust.
Sally’s passion for normality led her to seek like-minded midwives. She joined the Association of Radical Midwives (ARM), where she served on the steering committee and also as one of the UK representatives for the European Midwives Association (EMA). Her introduction to Midwifery Today was a conference in the beautiful Black Forest village of Bad Wildbad and, the rest is history, as they say.
Outside of midwifery she has a love of photography, singing, reading, eclectic music, animals, dabbling in restoring furniture, and collecting figurines of pregnant women from around the world. She is a mother, grandmother, and midwife.