I have been in Private practice for nearly 11 years, firstly as Independent then with Neighbourhood Midwives a social enterprise, developed to offer women a fully insured midwifery service. When I qualified I decided the NHS did not allow continuity of care for women, it was very much the conveyor belt pregnancy and birth, so for me not having time to spend with women and their family, for the woman not having the close relationship of knowing her caregiver.
I have experience of women with many high risk pregnancies, including VBAC, breech, twins, older mums and mental health problems. I have had very good outcomes with these women with a caesarean section rate of 14% compared with a national average of 27% and better than the WHO acceptable rate of 15%.
I like to help women with relaxation techniques and being able to understand what is happening to their body during this most amazing time of their life, by giving lots of support to the woman and her partner I have a non-intervention birth rate of 80% compared to the nationally identified rate of 42%.
I love supporting homebirth, but recognise that it is always a choice and to make the best decision for the woman and her family.