To have me as the midwife at your birth, you will need to book the full midwifery package. This includes all your antenatal care, labour and birth care and postnatal care till your baby is a month old. The benefit of the full midwifery package is that you know who will be attending you at your birth. Through the course of your care we have the opportunity to develop a relationship of trust, which when the big day comes, facilitates the hormonal flow necessary for birth to unfold. We will have worked together closely in pregnancy, so I can truly support and facilitate your choices and preferences, whether you are planning a home birth or a hospital birth. If things do not go according to plan, I can help you navigate the terrain so you feel supported and in control. I am there all the way through and afterwards to make sense of your journey and support you in the transition to parenthood. Be in touch to arrange a free 15-minute phone consultation.
Initial consultation Before booking I offer an initial consultation to discuss your individual circumstances, needs and hopes for your pregnancy and birth. This usually takes a couple of hours, and gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have and also to see if working with an independent midwife is the right decision for you - and most importantly, if I am the right independent midwife for you. I know how important the midwife-mother relationship is, which is a big part of why I have chosen to work independently. It is essential that you are able to choose a midwife who you like and feel comfortable with. Fee: £75 The initial consultation fee is non-refundable, but should you choose to work with me, will go towards my fee. This consultation does not commit you to my full midwifery package.
Full midwifery package The full package of midwifery care provides you with one to one, individualised care from a known midwife through pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period till your baby is one month old. It includes: - An unhurried booking appointment, where we start to fill in your maternity notes and take a full medical and family history. - Antenatal appointments in the comfort of your own home at a time that is convenient to you. Visits usually take 1-2 hours, so we have plenty of time to get to know each other and build a relationship of trust. This allows us to truly work in partnership, supporting you to make evidence-based choices and decisions that feel right for you and your family. - You are still eligible for screening tests, scans and blood tests on the NHS, and I can help you organise this. Should there be any underlying medical issues, or if problems arise during the pregnancy I will support you with any referrals and can accompany you to consultant appointments if needed. - Birth preparation, birth planning and parenting information for you and your birth partner/partners. - Access to a known midwife you know and trust throughout your pregnancy, birth and postnatal journey. Available by phone, text and email outside of visit times. -On call for your birth 24/7 from 37 weeks of pregnancy. - Planned attendance at your birth with a second midwife you have met, if needed. - Labour and birth support at home or advocacy and support in a non-clinical role at the hospital if you are planning a hospital birth. - All the necessary equipment and supplies if you are planning a home birth, including gas and air if required. - Postnatal care at home till your baby is one month old - including breastfeeding support, emotional support, practical information and birth debriefing. Visits are daily at first, decreasing in frequency as your confidence grows. - A complete copy of your maternity notes once your maternity care is complete. - Birth closing ceremony. - Full body pregnancy massage at reduced rates for clients.
Fee: £5000 £1000 non-refundable deposit due at booking, with the remainder due by 36 weeks. Please talk to me if money is an issue, as interest-free payment plans can be organised over a longer period of time if needed.
"I credit her with being able to tell my birth story with a glow on my face and sparkle in my eyes. I cannot thank her enough!"