My experience as a midwife has taught me that for birth to unfold well, we (midwives) must build a good strong relationship built on trust with the mother and her birth partner. I work to build this trust over regular appointments in your home at a time convenient for you both and these usually last 45mins, but can take longer if needed.
The first appointment takes around two hours to take a full history, and subsequent appointments include
your clinical checks as well as emotional support, preparation for the birth and resources such as DVDs
and books. The birth plan preparation at 36 weeks takes some time, so to ensure that you are well
informed. Should your baby decide to wait a little longer to arrive then the extra antenatal visits at 41 and
42 weeks are included too, as are information books such as 'induction of labour ', 'GBS' etc which we
would take time to make sure that you have all the information to make an informed decision.
I am available to you throughout your pregnancy for any questions or concerns, via telephone or email outside of our scheduled appointments and I am able to attend consultant appointments and extra scans with you if this is needed in your care plan.
I also lend a birth pool (saving you around £150 for hire) and a Tens machine (another £50 saving) so that you have them if you would like to use them, and I deliver these to you at 36 weeks. Should you plan a homebirth, I can assist you and your partner with the preparations.
From 37 weeks- I would be 'on call' for you, and therefore stay close to home so that I can attend to you when you feel you need me. When the day of your baby's birth comes, I am able to attend to you in labour and support you during the birth, whether at home or in hospital.
Personally, I feel that to care for a woman throughout her pregnancy journey, and to have the honour to care for her birthing her baby and that emotionally charged experience- to not see the woman following the birth is devastating, and I feel a tremendous responsibility for the postnatal care of a woman I have looked after in labour. The overall wellbeing of the mother, her uterus and bleeding need to be monitored, and perineum care is vitally important, and the responsibility for the baby’s health, weight and newborn checks and screening (if desired) is an important part of my role as a midwife.
This is why I will not work in a ‘birth only’ capacity, and birth support is offered as part of full maternity care.
As a Lactation Consultant, any extra 'breastfeeding' visits would be included in this package for you (usually costing an additional £125 per visit) plus an additional 'breastfeeding antenatal session' so that you and your partner are fully prepared for life with a newborn! Should baby be born with a tongue tie that impacts on the feeding, I am a specialist in this area also, and fully trained and insured to divide them -saving you a several weeks wait on the NHS for the procedure and the private cost of this is included within my maternity care package.
Therefore, it really is a bespoke service and I aim to tailor this to your individual needs and wants. Do let me know if you have any questions, or if there is a particular care plan you had in mind as I am able to be flexible also.
Labour and Birth Care
I am fully insured for Labour and Birth Care through 'My Midwife and Me'
Includes: Full Midwifery Care throughout your pregnancy (booking from 8-12 weeks) regular antenatal appointments, birth preparation, breastfeeding antenatal session, On call from 37 weeks of pregnancy, support for your hospital or homebirth and full postnatal care for both mother and baby for up to six weeks.
Also includes Birth Pool and TENS machine loan.
For Families looking for midiwfery care later in pregnancy, please be aware that the cost is the same. This is sadly due to insurance, and all the fact that when Independent Midwives take on care at such a late stage, there's often complex history and a lot of work building the trust needed between the IM and the family and less time to do that in. Ideally, please book no later than 36 weeks of pregnancy, so that there's time for birth preparation and time for me to get to know you and your preferences.