I am an experienced, compassionate and non-judgemental midwife. I am passionate about informed consent and the need for parents-to-be to have good quality information in order to make decisions about their care. I offer one-off consultations, short issue-based packages and full continuity of care through pregnancy, birth and the early days afterwards.
My specialist interests are screening/fetal medicine and the care of families who have experienced the loss of a baby. After retiring from the NHS recently I now offer my time and expertise on a private basis. My aim is to provide a service which complements all that the NHS is able to provide. Where there are concerns for your baby's growth, health or wellbeing I can walk with you on the whole journey. This can include providing time and space for you to fully and carefully work to understand any issues, examine options and to decide what is right for your family. I then can provide continuity of midwifery care and emotional support as your journey unfolds.
I have worked with many families who have chosen to continue their pregnancy when is has been identified that their baby is affected by a life changing or life limiting condition. I support others who make the very difficult decision to end their pregnancy when complex issues have been identified. I support the right of the woman to chose what is best for her, in most cases with the support of those closest to her.
I offer a rapid response service to support parents who have learned that their baby has died before birth (at any stage of pregnancy). This can be at home or in hospital. Having an expert midwife in attendance to guide you can provide great comfort and a sense of security at a time of devastation and despair.
Pregnancy after loss can be a complex emotional experience. Continuity of midwifery care, with someone who knows your story and your fears, can be a great support.
Phone or email me now. Initial 30 minute consultation is free and without obligation.
BSc (hons) midwifery
BSc (hons) nursing
Advanced diploma in counselling
One off consultations
Consultation in your home to discuss any issues or just for an extra check up with lots of time to ask questions.
A "preparing for birth" service is offered to those who have had negative experiences in the past or whose babies face special issues , as well as those with straightforward pregnancies.
Explore your choices, ask lots of questions and develop your understanding of options for care.
Testing for group B strep is available in appropriate cases from 35 weeks - you pay the lab fee direct if you choose to have this additional service. I use ECM tests, as recommended by the RCOG but which are not currently offered routinely by the NHS.
COST : £50 per hour
Continuity of midwifery care
I am able to offer continuity at a more affordable rate than some independent midwives, because my service is an add-on to NHS provision, not an alternative.
Bespoke packages are available if your baby is affected by a life changing or life limiting condition. This can be a "little extra" such as trisomy 21 (Downs syndrome) or a condition which means that your baby's life will be short and for who a perinatal hospice approach may be appropriate.
Every woman and every baby deserves the best care. I can help you to get the best possible outcome, signposting you to other specialist services, making choices about the place of birth and so on. I will work with you and provide lots of time and emotional support . You will have the security and confidence of knowing that I am there for you, without the organisational pressures and constraints which can limit what NHS staff are able to offer.
I am sensitive to faith and cultural issues . My aim in complex cases is to seek close interprofessional planning to provide you and your baby with the best possible care.
COST : From £1,500 to around £10,000depending on circumstances
Non-invasive trisomy testing (home visit)
Non-invasive testing (NIPT) is a much more accurate form of testing than the routinely offered combined test for Downs, Edwards and Patau's syndromes (trisomy 21,18 and 13).
These tests are available under a number of trade names including the SAFE test, Harmony, Panorama and more. I use the SAFE test which is processed at St Georges hospital, Tooting.
It is important to understand that NIPT remains a screening test, not a diagnostic test. This means that it does not give a yes/no definite answer, but gives you information about whether it is very likely or very unlikely that your baby is affected by one of these conditions.
There are a number of issues to explore if you are considering NIPT and I only offer testing in the context of a detailed consultation.
I offer you a second face to face meeting to give you the results . I feel that this is an important way to give you the opportunity to ask any additional questions and to ensure that you have a clear understanding of the result.
If a high chance result is received, I will explore your options and choices with you and arrange follow up care as appropriate, liaising with your NHS team as necessary.
This service will be available from early December 2019.
COST : £345
Baby loss rapid response service
If you have received the devastating news that your baby has died, you may want continuity of care from experienced midwife.
I have cared for many families experiencing loss and know how important it is to have one to one, caring and knowledgeable support in the early hours after you learn the news. If you are on a very busy NHS ward, staff cannot always provide the time and continuity which they would wish to. Going home can feel surreal and you may feel in need of professional support.
I aim to be with you within a few hours of your call. I can meet you in the hospital or at home. This initial attendance usually lasts around 3 hours, after which you can decide if additional time together would be helpful.
For this service I can be called at any time.
COST : £100