I offer a free no-commitment initial meeting which takes place in your home, so that we can sit down together over a leisurely cup of tea to discuss your requirements and find out a little bit about each other. This gives you an opportunity to see whether you think I might be the right midwife for you, and to ask me any questions you may have.
Of course, midwives are all
different too, and you need to feel
confident and comfortable with your
After the meeting, I will ask you to discuss it with your partner over a day or two, and then get in touch with me to let me know whether you wish to proceed with booking my services.
Antenatal appointments usually take
around an hour……the reason they are so
much longer than NHS appointments is
that they are unhurried. There is
plenty of time not only to carry out
the necessary physical checks to make
sure that you and your baby are well,
but also for you to discuss anything
you wish to, and just to have a general
chat. The antenatal appointments
are really important, because this is
the time we build the trusting
relationship which is so crucial when
it comes to your labour and birth of
If for any reason you are also under the care of an obstetrician during your pregnancy, I can usually attend hospital appointments with you, if that is your preference, and help you to negotiate a plan of care that you are happy with.
If you are planning to have your baby at home I will bring a box of equipment (nothing dramatic!) to your house a few weeks before your baby is due. I have other equipment to bring in from the car when you go into labour, so it saves one trip outside if a few useful things are already at your house.
I have a birth pool which I am happy to lend to clients, though you would have to buy a new liner for it.
I am on call for your labour 24/7 from when you are 37 weeks' pregnant until whenever your baby is born, will attend you and provide clinical care for you during your labour, and after you baby's birth I will stay with you until I am sure that both you and your baby are well and comfortable (usually about 3 hours after the birth).
As I am not employed by any of the hospitals in East Anglia I cannot provide clinical care in the hospital setting, but will remain with you as advocate and supporter throughout your labour.
Many women have found it reassuring to have a qualified midwife that they know and trust, and who is fully conversant with their birth plan, beside them throughout their labour and birth. After your baby is born (or babies, perhaps!) I will stay with you at the hospital either until you are discharged home (if you are requesting an early discharge) or until you are transferred to the postnatal ward.
I can give assistance with breastfeeding if required, and attend to your non-clinical general needs, such as helping you to the shower.
Throughout this first month with your baby I am available to you 24/7 for phone consultations and additional visits, if required. I can provide useful hints and tips on feeding and caring for your baby and your postnatal self, and have electronic scales to weigh the baby periodically, to make sure that he or she is thriving. When it comes to discharging you from midwifery care I shall ensure a smooth handover to your health visitor.