Throughout the 80’s and 90’s Lolly was a founder member of the Active Birth Movement and for 15 years she co-directed the Active Birth Teachers Training Course with Janet Balaskas and Yvonne Moore in the capacity of Yoga Course Director. She campaigned for the rights of women to move freely during the births of their babies, contributing to a global movement towards natural births and resulting in many changes to policy, establishing birth centres in many major hospitals. She was part of the team of midwives, doctors and complementary therapists at the hospital of St. Johns and St. Elizabeth in St. Johns Wood London. Lolly designed and led the yoga classes, Active Birth workshops and discussion groups at St Johns which was famous for its celebrity clientelle and extraordinary statistics for natural and water births.She lectured to midwives at Thames Valley University and continues to conduct workshops for midwives, doctors, osteopaths and yoga teachers worldwide.
Lolly’s child birth inspirations and colleagues included Michel Odent, Sheila Kitzinger, Ina May Gaskin and Janet Balaskas with whom she studied for many years. The yoga teachers with whom she trained included Donna Hollerman, B.K.S. Iyengar, Mary Stewart and Sandra Sabbatini who introduced her to Vanda Scaravelli with whom she worked for a number of years. Her husband John Stirk author of ‘The Original Body’ continues to influence her approach to practice and teaching.
Lolly continues with her work in London in her private practice, and at the leading centre Triyoga, where she teaches pregnancy yoga and Active Birth/Hypnobreathing Workshops on a regular basis. She is also a founder member of YogaBirth, for whom she mentors students and runs a postnatal training course. She runs independent workshops and training courses in this valuable work in the UK and internationally.