I’d like to spend a moment letting you know a bit about me and my journey into midwifery as these are some of the things people often want to know and ask when deciding if I am the right fit for them.
I have 2 children ages 13 and 10. One boy and one girl. My son made his entrance into the world on a hot July day following a 2 day induction of labour, an epidural, a syntocinon drip and finally a decision at 7cm that things weren’t going to plan and he was eventually born via an Emergency Caesarean section. My daughter was born 3 years later, I went into spontaneous labour, my waters broke and she was born vaginally later that night using Entonox and Pethidine (despite me begging for an epidural and telling anyone who would listen I couldn’t do it – I was in transition, and thankfully the Midwife realised this and knew I could, and did, do it).
For both these experiences I received disjointed care, some of it was amazing and caring but a lot was dismissive, and excluded me from decisions about my own care, I decided women deserved better and I wanted to be there, helping to put women at the centre of their own pregnancy and birth, giving them access to the evidence available so they are able to make informed choices for themselves about their care and be supported through out.
I have worked in Maternity care for over 8 years in a variety of roles across a spectrum of different areas of midwifery. I have never loved my job more that I do now, building deep and caring relationships with all the women and families who entrust me to join them in their journeys.
I am confident with supporting birth at home, in a pool, if you want an epidural, are wanting to hypnobirth or if you are planning an Elective caesarean section; as long as you have all the information you need and are happy with your choices I will be there for you. I have an excellent record for supporting women who choose to breastfeed to be exclusively breastfeeding on discharge and can also advise and support with a variety of feeding methods and choices.
"You and Leonie are an A team that gave me a dream to overcome fears, have a positive birth and breastfeed. Thank you"
I came to midwifery late after I personally experienced the difference that kind, compassionate, encouraging and professional midwifery care made during my second pregnancy & birth. The midwifery seed was planted, but took a while to germinate, as I had to wait before I could start training for the job I feel I was ‘called’ to do. While waiting I immersed myself as much as possible in the world of birth – training to be an NCT teacher, and a Doula under the French obstetrician Michel Odent, until I could finally apply to train for the best job in the world.
I trained at Kings College London, where I met my midwife partner Leonie, and graduated with a first class degree. On completion I was an NHS midwife & worked in all areas of maternity, including high-risk pregnancies, medicalised births (including epidurals and caesareans) but most particularly, in antenatal & postnatal care & facilitating waterbirths in a Gold standard midwife-led unit.
As a midwife my aims are: To support you to have the birth that is right for you and your baby; to ensure you have all the information you need to make the choices that are right for you in pregnancy, labour & postnatally, & to support your parenting choices post-birth so you start parenthood feeling empowered & confident.
Bachelor Of Science (Hons) With Registration to Practice in Midwifery - Kings College London
RCM members and Fully Insured
“We feel so lucky to have had you by our side. It was so relaxing and reassuring to know you would visit us every day. Thank you so much for your help and support, he is still exclusively breastfed thanks to your help from the beginning”