Linda Kimber

Linda Kimber

Linda Kimber qualified as a midwife in 1974 and has many years of experience as a practising midwife.

At the end of the 1980’s Linda completed massage, aromatherapy and reflexology courses and started using massage within her practice working as a community midwife. During the mid 90's she started developing the use of massage to support women, babies and birth partners during the antenatal and intrapartum periods. This continued to evolve, following valuable feedback from couples and her own observations.

More recently she was involved in researching the value of massage as a pain relieving strategy using specific techniques - The LK Massage Programme ®.

In 2003, she completed a feasibility study in partnership with Mary McNabb, Anne Haines and Professor Christine McCourt, with support from the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit. The study used the LK Massage Programme and explored the value of massage in reducing the need for pharmacological analgesia in labour; the environment was an essential facet of this study.

During the feasibility/observational study, she observed the use of the Programme and as a team they examined in depth the psychological and neuroendocrine responses to its use.

Following this they conducted a pilot Randomised Controlled Trial (Alternative Labour Pain Strategies (ALPS) commenced in January 2005 at the Horton Maternity Hospital and completed in March 2006.

In 2006 Linda became director of Childbirth Essentials® following completion of the two research projects. Read more

Linda, Mary and Anne designed a series of courses for Professionals which have been accredited by the Royal College of Midwives, entitled 'Towards Natural Childbirth and Beyond: Neuroendocrine responses to massage in late pregnancy, labour and postpartum: theory and practice'. These courses are for professionals wishing to support women during pregnancy, labour and attachment.

Linda continues to work closely with Mary and Anne sharing and bringing together their own particular passions and skills to improve women's experience of birth. Linda teaches on the courses and speaks at conferences.

She teaches couples interested in learning the Massage Programme, which is a passion of hers and she also works as a doula from time to time.

"I have used the massage within my practice and encouraged feedback from couples. This has been invaluable and helped direct the Programme to what it is today. Developing a strong partnership between the woman and her chosen birth partner is a fundamental part of the Programme."

Managers in Hong Kong are very interested in supporting their midwives to develop skills to reduce the amount of pharmacological pain relief used and they have been successfully teaching the LK Massage Programme to midwives there.

"Time allowing, I have a great interest in photography and particularly in taking pictures of Mums, Babes and Children."

This is an additional part of Childbirth Essentials

Recent Publications

  • Kimber L, McNabb M,Haines A, McCourt C, Brocklehurst P. Alternative Labour Pain Strategies: a pilot randomised trial to investigate the efficacy of alternative strategies in reducing and coping with labour and birth pain. European Journal of Pain 2008;12:961-969
  • McNabb M, Kimber L, Haines A, McCourt C. Does regular massage from late pregnancy to birth decrease maternal pain perception during labour and birth? A feasibility study to investigate a programme of massage, controlled breathing and visualization from 36 weeks of pregnancy until birth. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice 2006; 12: 222 -231
  • Haines A, Kimber L "Improving the Birth Environment" (part 1) The Practising Midwife 2005 Vol 8 No.1 18 - 20
  • Haines A, Kimber L "Improving the Birth Environment" (part 2) The Practising Midwife 2005 Vol 8 No.2 25
  • Haines A Kimber L "Developing a culture that supports the process of normal birth" New Digest (NCT) July 2005 Edition 31

Producer of the DVDs 'Towards Natural Childbirth and Beyond for women and their birth partners' and the Professional series 'Towards Natural Childbirth and Beyond' parts 1, 2 and 3.