Pregnancy / Birth / Postnatal Care
I am also on the Federation of Antenatal Educators (http://www.fedant.org) Register which allows me to provide Antenatal education, Breastfeeding support and Aromatherapy and Massage.
I am part of "Privates Midwives, a division of UKBC" which provides full insurance for Antenatal care, Home Birth, Postnatal care, mandatory training and continuous professional support. We also work with some NHS birth centres and we are able to provide clinical care during labour and birth in their centres. This is the case for the Midwife Led Unit in Stevenage, Hertfordshire (MLU Stevenage).
Whatever you are looking for, I will be happy to give you information over the phone or to meet up if you prefer.
Care during pregnancy
With a private midwife, all your care during pregnancy is done by the same midwife. She will check that your pregnancy is progressing normally. If any complications develop she will refer you to the appropriate health professional and make sure you get the relevant additional medical tests. When you need to access NHS services she can accompany you. You can easily contact her if you have questions anytime during your pregnancy. She will be responsible for your physical and emotional wellbeing and will provide support accordingly. Your care will usually take place in the comfort of your Home with your partner and other children if you want to share and prepare for the arrival of your new baby.
Care or support during labour and birth
If you want to give birth at home, your private midwife will be there and clinically responsible. She might want to call a second midwife to assist her, one you would have met during your pregnancy. If you want to give birth in a maternity or a birth centre you can still have your private midwife with you for support. She will not be clinically responsible unless she has a contract with the Maternity Unit but she will stay with you all the time so you are never left alone. Your wishes will always be respected and your choices always be discussed therefore you can have a positive experience of your labour and birth.
Care after the birth of your baby
Good postnatal care can make all the difference at the start of your life with a new baby. A private midwife will make sure that you recover properly from the birth, that your baby adapts well to their life outside your tummy and that the rest of the family is coping well with the new arrival. She will support you in the method you choose to feed your baby with appropriate information and frequent home visits. She will be available over the phone at agreed times and will liaise with the other health professionals you will need to access such as Health visitor and GP for your and your baby care.