“I have always been interested in and fascinated by the process of pregnancy and birth. I have 3 children of my own and 4 grandchildren. It wasn’t until the youngest of my three children was at school that I began my studies to become a registered general nurse as a mature student. The course took almost four years to complete and I qualified in 1991 and worked for a couple of years in acute medicine and then in post-operative recovery. I then began my midwifery studies and qualified in 1994.
I worked as a staff midwife in all areas of hospital maternity and then moved on to work as a community midwife which was a more challenging and autonomous role. I gradually increased my knowledge, confidence and experience in all aspects of midwifery care. I was responsible for the organisation and running of several ante natal clinics at G.P. surgeries. I arranged the booking, scans, blood tests and follow up appointments for the women attending each practice. I also provided home visits for post natal mothers and babies to ensure their safe transition in the early post birth weeks. Over the years I have carried out thousands of ante natal and post natal examinations.
During the time as a community midwife, I was also regularly on call for booked low risk women who came into hospital for their birth and for booked home births and any maternal or neonatal emergencies occurring in my area. I have participated in hundreds of births. I was regularly a mentor for midwifery students, medical students and qualified doctors on rotation in the G.P. surgeries.
I always worked hard to provide quality individualised care for the pregnant women and their families but found it increasingly difficult due to the workload and staffing levels. That’s when I decided to become an independent midwife so that I could have the time to provide individually planned excellent services for my clients. In 2007 I left the NHS to fulfil this wish.
In August 2013 I began providing midwifery services via UK Birth Centres Limited so that I have full professional indemnity insurance for all aspects of maternity care. Please see website www.ukbirthcentres.co.uk for further details.
In common with all other midwives whether working within or outside the NHS:
1. My practise is regulated and registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
2. I am required to complete mandatory updating of skills annually.
3. I have an annual review of my practise with my line manager.
4. I am required to complete the re-validation process in order to maintain my registration.
- I am qualified to carry out the initial assessment of the newborn baby.
- I have attended training to be a Neonatal Life Support provider.
- I am trained to offer aromatherapy during pregnancy and birth.
- I am a Natal Hypnotherapy™ Practitioner. Please read the information re: Natal Hypnotherapy™ & workshops for further information.
.I am a full member of The Royal College of Midwives.