My name is Carla Sargent. I am a home birth mother of three, midwife, secondary school teacher and self-published author/editor of a book on home birth in New Zealand. 

I have been fascinated by pregnancy and birth for as long as I can remember. So, when I left school I followed my dream and became a midwife. Although the birth of my first baby put an end to my midwifery practice (midwifery and early motherhood were not particularly compatible), I have remained passionate, informed and involved about birthing matters. I am driven to help others to experience empowering and gentle births, including advocating for and supporting women's rights in retaining their autonomy around their bodies, their births and their nurturing parenting practices. 

Where I've felt able I have been involved in our local home birth group (the Waikato Home Birth Association). I spent three years hosting home birth coffee groups and I wrote a series of breastfeeding articles for the magazine we produced. It is exciting to have recently renewed my involvement in this important organisation and I look forward to being a part of the new 'management team' who want to do our best to spread the word about the safety, beauty and power of home birth, and to support those in the community that wish to investigate home birth as an option for them and their families.

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Much of my energy over the past five years has been spent working on a project that I've dreamed of accomplishing since Laura's birth almost 13 years ago... I've been compiling, editing, and writing for a book of New Zealand home birth stories. The book is called Where the Heart Is. Its inspirational stories and images are divided into five chapters: Home Birth From the Start; Healing Birth; Facing the Unexpected; Birth and Death; and Maori Birth. I'm so excited that the book has finally been published!

But my biggest source of pride is my gorgeous family. The best times in life are spent hanging out with Laura (13), Luca (5), Jonah (3) and Mark. I am a very fortunate woman.