Do the covid-19 rules permit us to have face-to-face appointments?
Government guidelines currently permit home appointments; however this is a personal choice. You may prefer to have appointments outdoors/in your garden or online.
When should I book my postnatal home support?
Please get in touch at any stage of your pregnancy to discuss how I can support you and your new family during the postnatal period. Even if your baby has already arrived, it's never too late to ask for help! Sometimes it's only in the midst of chaos, you realise you could use some friendly professional support!
Can you support me with breastfeeding?
Of course! I am a breastfeeding expert: having breastfed my daughter exclusively for 14 months and as a practising midwife, I am confident I can support you to breastfeed your baby, in a way that suits both of you. I can help with positioning, attachment and any challenges to feeding; sign-posting you to further specialists should you require additional support.
Are you an independent midwife?
I am privately insured as an antenatal and postnatal teacher and carry out my clinical practice within the NHS. I am not an independent midwife. However, if you are looking for additional support in labour, I would be happy to discuss this with you.
I have a pre-existing medical condition which I need to take into account when planning my birth... can you still support me?
The short answer is yes! Together we will explore unbiased research based evidence to help you make informed decisions about your maternity care; helping you achieve the birth experience you dream of. I can't promise you a "normal" birth, (what is normal anyway?!) but I can promise you a birth where you feel in control.
When is the ideal time to start my 1-2-1 private antenatal or hypnobirthing course?
From 24 weeks onwards: giving us plenty of time to work together before your baby arrives. If however, you feel you would benefit from earlier support, please do not hesitate to get in touch much sooner. We all need supporting in different ways.
What is the difference between your service and a doula?
A doula is trained to provide information, emotional support, and physical comfort to a mother before, during, and just after childbirth. A midwife is a medically trained and licensed professional, who directly assists women during pregnancy, labour and birth. I offer a different perspective and approach to antenatal education due to my hands-on experience as a midwife and having worked within the maternity system.
At what stage in my pregnancy should I get in touch?
At any stage! You may have lots of questions or feel really overwhelmed in your first, second or third trimester and would like ongoing support alongside your 1-2-1 private antenatal or hypnobirthing course.
Should my birth partner also attend my private hypnobirthing or antenatal course?
Research shows that birth partners feel more relaxed and prepared for labour if they have jointly participated in the birth preparations. However, if your birth partner is only able to attend a few of the sessions, this will still be of huge benefit to you both.
Should I book a group antenatal program like NCT or with my healthcare provider as well?
I offer an in-depth program tailored to meet your individual circumstances. It is a personal choice whether you decide to book a group class too, however this may be information overload! There are also lots of other ways to connect with expectant parents locally. We will discuss this on your 1-2-1 program: I recognise peer support is invaluable during this phase of life.