Personalised midwifery care
My Birth and Baby independent midwifery services are tailored to meet your needs. This includes considering what you would like from your midwife and factors such as how far along in your pregnancy you are, whether or not this is your first baby and whether there is anything happening in your pregnancy that makes it a bit more complicated.
Some women choose a full package. This includes antenatal care and postnatal visits for up to 4 weeks after your baby’s birth. A reduced package might suit you if you have had a baby before. Or you might be looking for a package that is tailored to meet your particular needs. This includes just antenatal or just postnatal care options. I am available by phone or message for the duration of your midwifery package. So you can contact me with any questions, concerns or niggles you might have.
One-off appointments are also an option, for instance to debrief your previous birth or if you want help with planning your birth.
When it comes to blood tests, scans and newborn checks, you have the option of either accessing NHS services or making private arrangements. I can help you decide which you would like to do and facilitate either option. If you do not qualify for NHS care, I can ensure you have access to a full range of tests, scans and checks.
At your first appointment, we’ll talk about your hopes and fears for your pregnancy, birth and parenting your baby. We’ll consider things like what scans you might want. We’ll go through your medical history and discuss the things you can do to stay healthy and to prepare for your baby. The visit will usually take a couple of hours.
Your other antenatal appointments will last around an hour. They combine checking that you and your baby are well with preparing for later pregnancy, birth and early parenthood. The focus is on helping you to have a positive experience, as your emotional and mental health is hugely important, alongside your physical health. Whatever we’re discussing, we’ll consider all of the options and the pros and cons of each. So you can feel confident that you are making the decisions that are right for you. I will then support you, to give you the best chance of achieving the things you have decided on.
Antenatal visits are every 4 weeks until 28 weeks, every 2 weeks until 36 weeks, then weekly until your baby is born. You can message or phone me between appointments.
Helping you to prepare for the birth of your baby is an important aspect of each visit. This can incorporate preparation for hypnobirthing and breastfeeding. We’ll go through your birth plan in detail. We’ll also prepare you for some unexpected possibilities, so that you feel ready. Your partner and/or birth partner is a very important part of these discussions. My focus is on holistic support. So your emotional wellbeing and mental health (and that of your partner) are central to this.
I can take blood tests and make referrals to a doctor at your chosen hospital (NHS or private) if needed.
After your baby is born, I will give you as much help and support as you need. This usually involves daily visits at first. Then about 2 visits per week until your baby is between 2 and 4 weeks old. The focus is on helping you and your baby to get breastfeeding established alongside checking that you are both well. We’ll discuss everything from pelvic floor exercises to safe sleep and your emotional wellbeing.
On day 5, I can complete your baby’s ‘heel prick’ test. I can also arrange for the Newborn Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) to be completed. These visits usually last around an hour, maybe longer at first so that I can observe full breastfeeds.
Visits will continue for at least 10 days and up to 4 weeks, depending on what you feel is most appropriate. If you’ve got any concerns or questions at other times, you can message me and I’m available on the phone.
One-off appointments to debrief a previous birth or help you with your birth plan can be particularly helpful if you’ve got some difficult decisions to make. Or it might be that you need just one appointment when you are away from home or for a specific reason, such as to have the Harmony non-invasive screening test.
Pre-conception and early pregnancy support
If you’re planning a baby or you would like support in the early stages of your pregnancy, this can be arranged either before full midwifery care, or as a stand-alone option. Alongside considering how you can prepare for a healthy pregnancy, emotional support is likely to be an important aspect of what I can offer at this time, especially if you are feeling anxious.
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