Offering continuity of care in an overstretched NHS system
For couples living in West Midlands, Staffordshire,Worcestershire, , Warwickshire and Beyond
Are you looking to birth with total calm and confidence?
Would you like the reassurance of having someone on your side to guide you to a positive birth experience?
Do you want to ensure you have a known and trusted midwife throughout pregnancy, labour, birth and the early postnatal period ?
Imagine that not only you felt supported, your partner also had support so that they didn’t feel overwhelmed by the process.
From Bumps 2 Babies offers private midwifery care with Midwife Linda to help ensure that you have a positive pregnancy, birth and postnatal experience.
Hi, I’m Linda a Private Midwife, registered with the NMC and fully covered for indemnity insurance with Private Midwives UK.
I qualified as a midwife nearly 30 years ago and have vast experience in supporting couples through their journey into parenthood.
More and more couples are seeking continuity of care during this special and intimate time in their lives. The NHS are doing a fantastic job but it can feel very overstretched and intervention rates are high.
Let me guide you through this transformational period in your lives and help you to develop calm confidence and excitement about baby’s birth, and let me advocate for you during difficult conversations.
My Private Midwifery Service
Initial Consultation – A chance to find out if Private Midwifery care is right for you and to establish that I would be the best Private Midwife to meet your needs. (from 7 weeks)
Booking appointment – Once the insurance deposit is received I will arrange a booking visit with you which lasts for 1-2 hours. During this visit I will find out about your medical and social history, discuss any previous pregnancies and any past birth experiences. I will make a plan for your care, and agree a timeline of dates for our appointments. If you are still very early in your pregnancy we will cover screening tests and vaccinations, which can be arranged via the NHS or with me privately. The Non invasive prenatal Harmony test can be arranged for you via Private Midwives UK for an additional cost as this is not currently available on the NHS.
I will discuss referral to relevant health professionals if required. You will receive a Pregnancy welcome pack including the E-Book “Being at your best in pregnancy”, your personal maternity notes, as well as the FW8 maternity exemption certificate for free dental care and prescriptions. 2-3 hours
12 weeks – check in to see how you are progressing both physically and mentally. Antenatal check provided and we may get to hear your baby’s heartbeat too. 1 hour
16 weeks – check in to find out how well you are physically and emotionally, discuss lifestyle information, check your referrals have been actioned, discuss any screening results, listen to baby’s heartbeat. 1 hour
20 weeks – check in to see how you are physically and emotionally , discuss your baby’s movements (if any). Discuss your anomaly scan result and any follow up appointments required. Listen to baby’s heartbeat. Give you access to my Online Birth Preparation classes – which cover hypnobirthing, labour and the Power of your Mind & body and the impact it has on a calm pregnancy and labour experience.1 hour
24 weeks – time for a relaxing Pamper and Prepare Pregnancy Massage where you can switch off in your own home, focus on your bump and listen to some hypnobirthing relaxation audios. I will listen to baby’s heartbeat and give you a personal recording as a keepsake together with any manuals to support you in resolving any pregnancy concerns such as pelvic girdle pain.
I will begin to measure your bump and plot the findings on your personal GROW chart. I will provide your MAT B1 certificate for Statutory maternity pay or allowance. 1-2 hours
28 Weeks – Visits now increased to fortnightly and its time for some more blood tests to check for anaemia, either at the local hospital or alternatively I can arrange these for you privately if you prefer for an additional charge. If you have a rhesus negative blood group the NHS will give you an anti-D immunoglobulin injection at this stage of pregnancy. As an alternative I can offer you a simple blood test from 11 weeks gestation to work out baby’s blood group and if baby is also rhesus negative then you will not need the anti-D injection. I can also provide a birth ball and demonstrate how to use this to prepare for labour. 1-2 hours
30 Weeks – Full antenatal check and a chance to see how you are progressing through the online birth classes. I will discuss a suggested kit to purchase for baby and the role of your partner in labour. We will start to develop your birth preferences (plan) 1-2 hours
32 weeks – Full antenatal check. Arrange further baby care classes, either face to face or via a zoom link, to cover feeding, newborn care, first aid and postnatal wellbeing, with manuals to support your learning. 3-4 hours
34 weeks – Full antenatal check. I will discuss techniques to prepare your perineum for labour. If you are planning for a home birth, I will assess the available space at home and help you to decide upon the best sized birth pool and other equipment that you will require for the birth. I will take a look through your baby kit/bag if you wish and see that you have what you need. It’s time now for your next Pamper and prepare pregnancy massage and relaxation session. 1-2 hours
36 – 41 weeks – weekly 1 hour visits as I will closely monitor your physical and emotional wellbeing and that of your baby too. If you are having a home birth I will check that everything is in place and give you information to purchase a pool . I will discuss issues that are important to you in the lead up to the birth . A pamper and prepare pregnancy massage is offered again at this stage and we can introduce acupressure to stimulate labour hormones. I will provide an aromatherapy oil blend and facial spritz for labour. I will also discuss colostrum harvesting technique and benefits, if you wish. I will demonstrate the TENS unit and leave you with this to practice up to the birth if this is something that you would like to try. I will help you to finalise your birth preferences including a plan B (and C). During this period my colleague Maggie who is a Doula will make contact with you as she will be supporting you at the birth alongside myself and supporting you with breathing and hypnobirthing.
41-42 weeks and beyond– An individual plan of care will be made according to your wishes as you may choose to have additional monitoring as opposed to the hospital suggestion of an induction of labour and I will support you in your decision. Cervical assessment and a sweep may provide reassurance that you are gearing up for labour however this is entirely optional.
BIRTH – I am on call for your birth 24/7 from 37 weeks, whether you have chosen to birth at home or in hospital. You simply call when you are in early labour and I attend your home once labour is established and then usually stay with you for 2-3 hours after the baby is born.
If you birth at home I provide complete Midwifery care, insert a few stitches after baby is born if needed and support you with breastfeeding. I am highly trained in emergency situations too.
I can provide Entonox (Gas & Air) through Private midwives UK for an additional charge
If you plan to birth in hospital, I will visit your home in early labour and support you with breathing and relaxation techniques and massage. Once you are ready to transfer into the unit I will endeavour to accompany you as your birth advocate, and offer professional support and guidance on breathing techniques and hypnobirthing relaxation and assist you into comfortable positions. I will be unable to assume the role of lead midwife at your birth due to hospital insurance cover which differs from private cover. If hospitals will only allow one person in attendance at your birth due to the covid restrictions then we will discuss if that should be your partner or myself. When choosing a hospital or birth centre you may wish to determine with my help whether they will permit a second person in the birth room as this varies between hospital trusts. If I am present at the birth I willl remain with you for 1-2 hours afterwards to help with your comfort and support with latching baby at your breast or providing a formula feed.
Day 1 & 2 – Home visit to check the emotional and physical wellbeing of you and your baby, to support you with feeding, share tips and advice around settling baby, and to help you to recover as quickly as possible. I will also make referrals to other health professionals as necessary including initiating a health visitor introductory meeting, and arranging for a Newborn Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) to be carried out in the comfort of your own home if necessary. 1-2 hours
Day 3 – As Day 1 but with a full observed feeding assessment and we can weigh your baby today too. 2 hours
Day 5 – weigh baby and take baby’s newborn blood spot test (heel prick) and give you a baby bath demonstration. 1-2 hours
Day 7-14 – one or two visits, as per your family need. I will weigh baby again over this period 1 hour.
A consultation with Dawn Grey a feeding and sleeping consultant will also be arranged during this week for additional specialist support.
2-4 weeks postnatally – weekly visits at this point, but this is very individual depending on your needs. An opportunity for your birth debrief to piece together your memories. A postnatal mummy massage will be scheduled at 6 weeks with a gentle abdominal examination performed to ensure that the abdominal muscles have realigned. We will also discuss postnatal exercises and I will demonstrate pelvic floor and breathing techniques to strengthen your core muscles. You will receive a postnatal manual to optimise your recovery. We will also talk about contraception after having a baby. 1-2 hours.
How much does it cost
I charge £5800 for first time private midwifery care which includes antenatal, birth and postnatal care, as outlined above, plus payment of the insurance, attendance at your planned home birth or support in hospital (where permitted) due to covid restrictions, plus a newborn infant physical examination check. If you would like me to take your booking bloods, Harmony test, 28 week bloods or require a Glucose tolerance test then these will be costed separately and sent to The Doctors Lab in London for analysis. A discount is provided for returning clients.
Your initial consultation is free. A payment of £1,500 is required at booking to cover equipment and insurance costs and payment of the remaining balance can be made in instalments , payable by 37 weeks of pregnancy. a 12 month payment plan can be arranged for 10 % surcharge.
Unfortunately I cannot offer reduced fees if you book private midwifery care with me later in your pregnancy, because the majority of work is done following 28 weeks, plus I will still be on call for your labour and birth 24 hours a day from 37 weeks until birth.
Please contact me to discuss fees if you would like ONLY antenatal or postnatal care.
It is possible to accept payment through an insurance provider so please do contact me if you have insurance that covers private midwifery care, private antenatal care or private postnatal care.
I am fully covered and indemnified to support you throughout pregnancy labour birth and the postnatal period with PRISM insurance Including governance and mandatory training through Private Midwives U.K.
What about if I am having a Caesarean birth?
Full antenatal and postnatal Support for a planned Caesarean birth costs £4600
It includes much of the antenatal and postnatal support listed above, plus I will accompany you into theatre if you wish to hold your hand and reassure you during the procedure,
What area do you cover?
I usually travel up to 30 miles from my home in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands.
This takes me across counties including West Midlands, Staffordshire and Warwickshire.
I can travel more than a one hour journey to provide your care if I have the capacity in my diary but this will incur an increased fee depending upon the circumstances.
For all one-off appointments a mileage charge of 20p per additional mile greater than 20 miles from my home is charged to cover costs.
Please do not let cost or distance be a barrier as I am always happy to discuss your personal circumstances.
What my clients say
Kay & Jamie’s story
When the day of his birth arrived, my partner and I were both relaxed and excited, comfortable in the knowledge that we had the most amazing support on hand to guide us through this magical process. Like with many labours, ours didn’t exactly go to plan, but we couldn’t have asked for a more positive experience.
Kristal & Chris’ Birth Story
It’s a really tough decision to choose someone who will be there for such an intimate experience, however we knew that Linda would be just perfect. The pregnancy massages were amazing, her constant support and calming influence was perfect, the on line birth course was perfectly packaged to support and educate and her support during the birth was above and beyond.
Vicki and Phil’s story
During my pregnancy I had a number of medical complications and a pain related disability caused by pelvic girdle pain (e.g. I could only walk very short distances). I struggled with the stress of these difficulties. Linda was able to save me time and provide invaluable support by liaising with other professionals about my care, providing me with advice and support
Why hire a private midwife?
What should I expect from a Private Midwife ?
One of my key strengths is to match you mood in labour , communicating with you in a variety of non verbal ways as your mental state changes throughout labour, and focusing entirely on your emotional and physical needs without any other distractions about what is going on in the environment around us. I will be your constant companion and advocate for you so that you can focus entirely on your breathing and relaxation without being disturbed, which is so important to keep the labour hormones flowing
What are the benefits of using a Private Midwife?
There are many reasons to use a private midwife during your pregnancy.
• Researched benefits include:
• 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 if desired.