Independent Midwives

IMs are fully qualified health professionals who have chosen to work outside the NHS providing midwifery care to a small number of women each year. Most are members of Independent Midwives UK although membership is not compulsory.

All midwives, whether independent or employed, are bound by the rules and standards laid down by the Nursing & Midwifery Council.

Every midwife in the UK must have current NMC registration in order to be legally entitled to practise. Midwives attend annual skills updates and study days, and undergo revalidation by the NMC every 3 years to ensure that their practice is up to date.

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Iceni Independent Midwifery

I have been working in East Anglia as a registered midwife since qualifying in 1998.  Before setting up my independent practice in 2008, I worked full time in the NHS, gaining valuable experience in caring for women with complex pregnancies as well as those with uncomplicated ones.  I left the NHS in order to be able to provide holistic, individualised care and continuity of carer, both of which I believe to be vital for pregnant women and new parents, as well as allowing me to have wonderful professional fulfilment.

My midwifery philosophy is founded in:
  • Respect and support for the mother's autonomy
  • Belief in women's ability to give birth
  • Evidence based practice
  • Holistic care
  • Continuity of carer

Outside work, I am the mother of two grown-up children, and Nanny to four little ones.  I keep honeybees at the bottom of my garden, make jam, am a musician, and a reasonable photographer (as in, I take some pretty good photographs, but more by luck than judgement!).  I'm interested in wildlife and travel, which I hope to do some more of when I can find the time.


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