As a Registered General Nurse (RGN) I have worked in a variety of areas including the National Health Service, children’s home for those with special needs, on location during TV shoots, and many years of industrial nursing. My long nursing career has equipped my midwifery with an added depth of knowledge, which enhances the holistic care I provide. My Clients have found this invaluable when an existing illness is combined with childbearing.
In 1988 I started my midwifery training and in 1989 I qualified as a Registered Midwife (R.M).
My midwifery career started in a large obstetric hospital where we practiced active management of labour (thankfully I know better now!). After conpleting my return to practice programme in 2002 I worked for 3 years in a co-located midwife-led unit, where I learnt about waterbirth, physiological third stage and supporting natural births. I progressed to working as an Independent Midwife in 2005 and haven’t looked back. It really opened my mind to supporting women with very varied needs and requests. I learned about not cutting the umbilical cord early, lotus births, attachment parenting, co-sleeping, Breech birth and VBAC skills.
1994 I gained a RSA certificate in counselling skills, and a GCSE in child development.
1999 I studied for a Diploma of Higher Education (Dip H. Ed) in antenatal teaching for the NCT. I gained my diploma in 2002.
As a midwife I am governed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and bound by the Midwife’s rules and standards which are the same for all registered midwives.
I have a duty to update my midwifery skills regularly by attending professional study days. My midwifery equipment is checked annually by my midwifery supervisor.
In 2002 I gained a diploma in antenatal teaching through the National Childbirth Trust.
I also visited “The Farm” in Tennessee in 2002 to find out why their women are so good at giving birth. It was good to learn from Ina May Gaskin and her colleagues that women’s belief that they can give birth, and the midwife’s belief in the women, turns into a positive feedback loop which really makes a difference to outcomes. Also believing in the natural process and not interferring has led to amazing birth statistics.
Since becoming an Independent Midwife I have an even greater belief in women’s ability to birth their babies. My range and depth of knowledge has dramatically increased by working with strong-minded women and my midwifery colleagues including Mary Cronk MBE, and Andrea Drombrowe.
I subscribe to midwifery journals and attend study days and conferences (many more than when I worked for the NHS). I really enjoy meeting with other birthworkers to share experiences.
I learn something new with each birth and would hate to be called an expert.
Nursing and Midwifery Council Registered.