Let me introduce
myself – I am married with two beautiful girls, Lizzie and
Maddy and I live in West Malling, which is close to Junction 4
of the M20.
My interest in
childbirth started when I had Lizzie and experienced the
‘cascade of intervention’. My second labour, a few years
later, was similar and just as unpleasant. Since then I have
had a lot of time to think about what happened and how my
transition to motherhood could have been made easier.
children were growing up I spent a lot of time listening to
other women’s experiences and witnessed how far reaching the
consequences can be. This led me to undertake a degree in
midwifery but I qualified in 2003 already realizing that I
would have to find another path if I was to practice in a way
that really helped women experience birth as it should be
Whoever you are I am happy to help, whatever your previous
obstetric history, I am happy to help. I have wide experience
of both hospital and homebirth including home waterbirth
and home VBAC and have had clients with IVF pregnancies,
twins, first babies, eighth babies. Every baby is a
'first' in some way but I have found that by observing a few
simple but crucial 'rules' of nature and listening to the
mother most babies can enter the world in a gentle way.
include Michel Odent, Ina May Gaskin, Jean Sutton, Caroline
Flint, Lesley Ann Page, Denis Walsh, Sheila Kitzinger, Grantly
Dick-Read, and many others who have seen the light.
When I am
working I am not a midwife, admittedly I have a degree in
midwifery, which I am not ashamed of, but my philosophy and
working practices are those of a doula.
I believe in birth as
a natural process that is at its safest when not disturbed but
one that occasionally needs a little help and for that we have
an excellent safety net – the NHS.