Independent Midwife Consultancy Services

Please Note: I am only taking Midwifery bookings up until March 2017 when I’ll be taking a much overdue sabbatical. After this time you can still book a midwifery consultation with me for birth planning, birth debriefing etc. I will still teach my popular Antenatal Classes and birthworkers study days.

Please phone me to book find out more about my services.

On 11th January 2017 the Nursing and Midwifery Council stopped Independent Midwives practicing legally, after a query about the level of professional indemnity insurance available to Self-employed midwives. This only affects insurance for attending births, so we can still provide antenatal and postnatal care with insurance from the Royal College of Nursing of which I’ve been a member since 1984. Insurance became mandatory in July 2014. Find out more here: Independent Midwives UK

Independent Midwives are fully qualified and regulated in the same way as our NHS colleagues. We provide one to one midwifery care throughout pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. 

As a fully qualified Midwife I can provide total care for women throughout pregnancy, birth and the 28 day postnatal period. I can provide total midwifery care, or just antenatal or postnatal care to suit your needs. I also offer individual visits to complement your NHS care.

Please also see the additional midwifery services I offer, such as birth planning, breech birth and VBAC support, birth preparation classes and workshops, postnatal care, and birth de-briefing sessions.

After making initial contact with me you may decide to book a consultation to help you choose the correct midwifery  care package for you. The consultation is a face to face meeting which enables us to discuss the type of care you would like and the care I can provide, tailored to suit your individual needs.

The consultation fee of £50 per hour is payable at the time of consultation, and is deductible from the total amount when you book with me. If you visit me at my office at The Red Brick Building in Glastonbury the cost of a consultation is just £35 (£25 for concessions). Or drop in to my clinic on a Thursday morning at the red Brick Building for a free 20 minute appointment (please phone to book an appointment).

Midwifery consultations are also available to de-brief previous birth experiences, plan birth preferences or discuss available birth options.

One to one Independent Midwifery Care is proven to improve outcomes for mother and baby. My Statistics back this up:

In the period 2005 – 2010 52% of my Independent Midwifery clients achieved a planned homebirth. In 2007 the UK homebirth rate was 2.7%,

In the same period 75% of my clients planning a normal vaginal birth achieved this, compare this to the UK national average of 46.1% normal birth rate (birthchoice 2007).

“There is evidence to suggest that women with one-to-one care throughout their labour are significantly less likely to have caesarean section or instrumental vaginal birth, will be more satisfied and will have a positive experience of childbirth.” (NICE Intrapartum care guideline Sept 2007. Page 74)

“There was a lower rate of all clinical interventions associated with one-to-one care and rates of satisfaction were higher.” (Clinical outcomes of one to one midwifery practice. Lesley Page, Sarah Beake, Andy Vall, Christine McCourt, Jenny Hewison British Journal of Midwifery, Vol. 9, Iss. 11, 01 Nov 2001, pp 700 – 706)

Contact me, Joy Horner, on Mobile: 07939247462 to discuss your requirements.