Why should I consider choosing an Independent Midwife?
Current research tells us that continuity of carer (one to one care) is very important throughout the child birthing experience for optimal care outcomes. Continuity of care has significant benefits, including reducing the likelihood of having medical interventions. On choosing an Independent midwife you will also have more flexible care. Appointments can be either in your own home or at the office and can be arranged out of hours during the evening or at weekends. Appointments are usually over an hour allowing time to fully discuss options of care to help you make an informed decision, this also gives you a greater chance to discuss concerns or ask for advice.
The care can be flexible, as it can also be used to 'top up' NHS care. This means you can still receive NHS care but also have the benefits of your own, private midwife. For example, you can still have all scans and tests with the NHS, and give birth in an NHS hospital, but can have your antenatal and postnatal care privately with your own midwife, optimising your NHS maternity care.
Women in my care have often regarded me as a friend as well as a professional. They have expressed how wonderful it felt to have a midwife with them whom they have grown to respect and trust during the most significant event of their lives, the birth of their baby.
I had heard that there was a problem with obtaining Indemnity cover for Independent Midwives; Are you professionally covered and how are you regulated?
Professional Indemnity Insurance is now again available to all Independent midwives offering Intrapartum (labour and Birth) care. Please get in touch for more details of what is currently available.
Midwifery is the most securely regulated profession in the UK. As a Registered midwife, I am both registered to practice and regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). We are required to ensure that our clinical practice is up to date and that our actions are within our sphere of competence.
I have full Professional Indemnity cover for all Antenatal and Postnatal care. This cover is provided through my membership of the RCN (Royal College of Nursing).
My Doctor has told me that I can not have a home Birth, is this true?
Your place of birth is to be an informed choice made by you and your partner. A doctor may advise you where they feel you should consider birthing and should be able to explain fully their reasons for advising against a planned birth at home. Your suitability for a home birth will be assessed during an initial consultation at your home, where we will fully discuss your health, medical history, and previous birth(s) to guide you towards the decision that is right for you both. The safety of you and your baby are paramount. It is my duty of care as a birth professional to ensure that you have been provided with the best research-based evidence regarding your choices and to support you in your decision to the best of my ability.
I previously had a c-section, can I have a home birth?
Each woman’s individual health and previous birth history will be closely examined and discussed in order for full support to be given. This includes me listening to you and your previous birth story. I am fully experienced in Home Birth following a Caesarean (HBAC) and also in VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Caesarean in a hospital) and can support you in these options alongside consultation with your GP and Obstetrician. As always the safety of you and your baby are paramount.
Can I have a Water Birth at home?
My favourite option for a calm empowering birth. Water is amazing and has the ability to offer such comfort and relief in labour. It is also a very gentle way to birth your baby. As an expert in water birth, I can support you fully in this choice. Pool hire and set up is at your own discretion but I am on hand for any advice.
What would happen in an emergency and what equipment do you carry?
Research and evidence tell us that for most women, birth at home is as safe if not safer than hospital birth (Read findings of The Birth Place Study, 2011). As an expert in childbirth, I am able to recognise the early warning signs that things may not be progressing as expected and will take appropriate action, this may require a transfer to the local hospital. I am competent in my knowledge and skills in an emergency situation and attend regular training to maintain these skills to a high standard. I carry all essential emergency drugs and equipment as part of my ‘birth kit‘ when attending you in labour.
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