Private midwife/Doula


Private midwife/Doula support available for home birth support or for births planned at :

Good Hope Hospital

Heartlands Hospital /Willow Birth centre

City Hospital /Serenity Birth centre

Solihull birth centre

Samuel Johnson birth centre

Birmingham Womens hospital/birth centre

Requests for support out of area considered individually

You may wish to consider private midwifery support in the following situations:

You’re being offered an induction

Where you are planning a subsequent birth after a c-section previous traumatic birth or loss

Where you have special circumstances such as twins or baby with diagnosed medical needs following birth

Where baby is in a breech position or lying back to back

Where you or your partner are anxious or fearful about the birth

you are about to be a parent after a long history of fertility issues

You are on your own

Hiring a private midwife for continuous one to one support has researched benefits including:

Reduced chance of Caesarean birth

Reduced risk of instrumental birth

Reduced need for pain relief in labour

Reduced rate of induction of labour

Shorter labour

Increased parental satisfaction with your birth experience

Increased likelihood of breast feeding

Why Choose Me?

I am a highly regarded Senior Midwife with over 30 years of professional experience.  I believe strongly in positive birth and I am an experienced hypnobirthing practitioner and massage therapist.  I truly believe that where a woman feels confident and calm, the birth process is much quicker and easier for her, so this is what I promote and support.

I also believe that your partner has a fundamental role to play in the whole birth journey and that we will truly work together as a team to welcome your baby into the world.

I have worked as a locum midwife for the last 10 years in more than 15 hospitals across the UK and delivered over 700 babies.  As you can imagine, there is very little that would surprise me or phase me when it comes to pregnancy, labour and birth, as I have seen it all.

As your Private midwife I will provide continuous support in a doula capacity but with significant clinical experience. I will not be involved in your clinical care which frees me up to support you and focus fully on your needs for maximum comfort calm and confidence.

Step 1

 

Antenatal Care

 

I will provide the following support 

  • A 2-hour initial meeting at home in early pregnancy (before 24 weeks) where you can discuss any worries or questions you may have and where I will run through our early pregnancy package which includes our highly regarded information booklet that is designed to prevent overwhelm.
  • Personal access for advice when needed with no limits to the amount of telephone calls or email.
  • Act as your advocate and have discussions with your NHS care provider on your behalf if you need me to.
  • If you require me to accompany you to scans or appointments, this can also be arranged where possible.
  • Full body pregnancy massages will be provided to suit your schedule and a labour oil blend will be provided.
  • From 28 weeks, you can join our collaborative birth preparation classes in Boldmere that cover practical birth, mindset preparation for labour, infant first aid, and infant feeding and newborn baby care to set you up for parenthood.
  • Hypnobirthing training tools and techniques will be introduced from 32 weeks to enable plenty of practise before labour.

Step 2

 

Natural birth care

 

I will provide the following support 

  • Telephone discussions in early (latent) labour for reassurance and to see whether contraction surges are established
  • Dedicated support in latent labour at home, where I will monitor baby’s heartbeat, provide comforting massage and support with breathing and positioning and we will establish a plan of action.
  • I will provide and apply the TENS pads to your back and get you comfortable with its use.
  • If you wish, I will perform an internal examination to establish active labour to prevent unnecessary trips to the unit.
  • Once labour is established, I will call your place of birth if it is an NHS establishment, to arrange transfer into the unit.
  • Once confirmed, I will meet you at the unit to assist with booking in and transfer to your room.
  • Due to indemnity insurance the hospital will be clinically responsible for your babies birth however I will be by your side constantly.
  •  I will ensure that your wishes are respected and listened to and that you or your partner are at the centre of all decision making.
  • In established labour, I will remain with you until your baby is born to provide comfort, massage, hypnobirthing and assist with all physical and emotional wellbeing. This period should be no longer than 12-14 hours*.
  • During the birth, I will assist with down breathing, emotional and physical wellbeing.
  • As baby is born, I will assist you with skin to skin and introduction to your breast or arrange the first formula feed.

Step 2.1

Labour induction 

I will provide the following support

(this may take 3-5 days)

  • I will meet you at the NHS unit and ensure that you are fully conversant with the proposed plan of action on that day. I will ask questions and advocate on your behalf during this period.
  • Once comfortable, I will agree with you an appropriate time to return the following day for assessment (as the initial part of induction can take 24 hrs with very little activity)
  • This latent period will be managed individually as your comfort and wellbeing will remain my priority
  • Once contractions commence I will assist you in applying your TENS machine and support you with your breathing, hypnobirthing and comfort measures
  • In established labour, I will remain with you until your baby is born to provide comfort, massage, hypnobirthing and assist with all physical and emotional wellbeing. This period should be no longer than 12-14 hours*
  • During the birth, I will assist you with down breathing, emotional and physical wellbeing.
  • As baby is born, I will assist you with skin to skin and introduction to the breast or arrange the first formula feed.

Step 2.2

Emergency C-section birth

I will provide the following support if your care becomes urgent.

 

If and when an emergency C-Section is required:

  • I will help prepare you and your partner for theatre and await the arrival of baby to support you with skin-to-skin and feeding whilst you are in the recovery area.
  • Prior to leaving you to have your private family time, I will assist you with freshening up, support you with feeding baby and I will help dress your baby if needed.

Step 2.3

Elective C-Section birth 

I will provide the following support if your care pathway changes and an elective c-section is scheduled

 

  • I will help prepare you and your partner for theatre and await the arrival of baby to support you with skin-to-skin and feeding while you are in recovery
  • Prior to leaving you to have your private family time, I will assist you with freshening up, support you with feeding baby and I will help dress your baby if needed.

Step 3

Postnatal care

I will provide the following 

2 x 90 mins home visits once you bring baby home for support with feeding, bathing, cord care nappy
changes, and light household tasks as well as attending to your needs for nutrition and hydration

  • Additional Daytime visits for two hours per day minimum as required & charged per hour
  • Overnight support 10pm-06.30am  charged per night

Plans available

First time or subsequent birth support plan available. Choose the support that best fits your requirements from the steps above and we will make an individualised plan for you

PLEASE CALL US SO WE CAN WORK OUT A PLAN FOR YOU OR FILL OUT THE CONTACT FORM ON THIS PAGE.

Initial deposit

Staged payment option available on request from £450 per month

Full payment required by 37 weeks gestation

Terms conditions and contract provided on booking

Costs include all expenses mileage and subsistence, being on call for your due period, all materials and resources.

*If, however, this period becomes extended, an additional charge per hour will
be incurred.

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Why choose us?

  • Established for 10 years
  • 5 star Google rating
  • 5 out of  5 star Facebook Reviews & Rating
  • A complete Pregnancy and Postnatal Wellbeing Service
  • Practical and realistic information
  • Excellent value for money birth packages

Experienced Professionals

  • Delivery suite Midwives with many years experience of evidenced based pregnancy labour birth and feeding Practise
  • A large network of allied professionalsthat we can refer couples to for specific or specialist support
  • Trustworthy relevant and up to date information with follow up notes after each class