Independent Midwife Consultancy

I am very please to announce that I am now taking midwifery clients once more. I still provide a range of midwifery support and mentoring services, by Skype, or in person. I also teach antenatal classes in Glastonbury UK or online at (link to follow). 

Phone or email me for a free 15 minute consultation and discover how I can help you achieve the birth you hope for. Consult me if you are having difficulties getting the care you need or have been given conflicting information. I specialise in helping women with complex needs or history of previous trauma.  I have been a Registered Midwife for 18 years and a Registered Nurse since 1987. I provide consultations for birth planning, birth debriefing, Vbac, and Breech birth planning. Whatever your need,  please feel free to contact me for friendly, unbiased information. 

Please phone me on 07939247462 for a free 15 minute consultation, or email  to find out more about my services.

For my full range of services  see additional midwifery services

Independent Midwives are fully qualified and regulated in the same way as our NHS colleagues. We provide information, support and midwifery care throughout your pregnancy, birth and postnatal period. And yes, we do have insurance. 

As a fully qualified midwife  I can provide antenatal, birth and postnatal care to suit your needs. I also offer individual visits to complement your NHS care.

After your free 15 minute initial contact with me you may decide to book a consultation. The consultation is a face to face or Skype  meeting to decide if we would like to work together. It enables me to tailor the support or care to your individual needs.

Your initial 15 minutes phone or Skype consultation is free. Further consultations are £50 per hour (concessions available). If you visit me at my office  in Glastonbury the cost of a consultation is just £35 (£25 for concessions).

Independent Midwives are able to work again this year as we have access to Professional Indemnity Insurance once more. This does unfortunately mean that our prices will rise.

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 could 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

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 or email