Born at home in Patagonia, Argentina and raised between England and France, I have travelled and lived all over the world. I have a background in nutrition and healthy cooking, and bring this knowledge with me in supporting a healthy pregnancy. I am also a massage therapist, and love using the power of touch to support people in pregnancy and postnatally to connect with their bodies and their babies. I did my midwifery training in the UK, and am now a registered midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), choosing to work independently so I can be an autonomous practitioner and fully support the people who choose to work with me all the way through their pregnancy and childbirth journey. I am passionate about providing evidence-based, client-centred care and supporting people and families to feel empowered and confident through the childbirth continuum, whatever the setting. The focus of my practice is on partnership working and I work closely with the people I care for to support a healthy pregnancy and provide, education, resources and evidence-based information enabling informed decisions about care.
In 2015, I also became a Certified Practicing Midwife (CPM) in the USA with the North American Registry of Midwives and spent a year working as a home birth midwife in a busy home birth practice (20-30 home births a month) serving a mainly Amish population in Pennsylvania. Here, I consolidated my midwifery skills and experience in the out of hospital setting, unpacked the medical model, had a lived experience of how unique 'normality' can be. This life and career defining experience allowed me to deepen my trust in birth and develop my practical skills in supporting birth physiology and emergencies at home. I am now based in the UK, but am also available to travel further afield for births. I am available to give presentations sharing my experiences working with Amish and how we can best support normal birth. I have written regularly for various midwifery journals and you can read about my adventures working with the Amish on my facebook blog, Oxytocin Diaries.
A graduate of Jane Hardwicke Collings's School of Shamanic Womancraft, I love helping people to connect with their own wisdom and the inner journey of pregnancy. Each pregnancy and birth journey brings its own particular gifts and challenges and part of our work together can be to uncover what these are.
I have a particular interest in birth trauma and supporting people to understand, integrate and grow from disappointing and difficult birth experiences. My work with birth healing is informed by my training with Babette Rothschild (Somatic Trauma Training), Pam England (Birth Story Medicine and Birth Story Listening), Jenny Mullan (Birth Trauma Resolution Therapy) and the work of Peter Levine (Somatic Experiencing). I am currently training to be a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and and Integrative Baby Therapist. I work with ritual and ceremony and bring that to those who are interested in working in that way.
I am passionate about birth being a normal life event rather than a medical condition, supporting babies to have a gentle start, and facilitating birth physiology and women to connect with their inner knowing and instinctive birthing ability. I felt called to work with birth, and feel the honour and privilege of working with people through this transformative rite of passage. I have been very lucky in my midwifery journey, in that I've had the opportunity to work alongside and learn from some very inspirational midwives and birth workers, and experience birth and midwifery in many different countries and cultures, but my biggest teachers have been and will always be the women and families that I serve.
"Birth Matters… It matters because it is the way we all begin our lives outside of our source, our mother’s bodies. It’s the means from which we enter and feel our first impression of the wider world. For each mother, it is an event that shakes and shapes her to her innermost core. Women’s perceptions about their bodies and their babies’ capabilities will be deeply influenced by the care they receive around the time of birth.” - Ina May Gaskin