Thank you for considering using Your Neighbourhood Midwives for your pregnancy journey. With the current demands from the Covid-19 pandemic, we are receiving an unprecedented number of calls and enquiries from women seeking alternative antenatal care, postnatal care and home births outside of the NHS. We are doing all we can to assist as many as we safely can at this very challenging time.
We currently have no space/availability to offer ANY support for births which are due in April. If you are due to give birth later in the year please contact us with the area you live, the hospital you are booked at and the estimated date your baby is due.
Please bear in mind it may take us a little while to respond to enquiries as we are also still providing midwifery care to women and their families.
We are booking up very quickly and have VERY limited availability. We do however work very closely with a network of other private midwives and so if we are unable to help on this occasion we may be able to put you in touch with other midwifes who may have availability.
If you have made an enquiry and have been told a place is available at that time, if you wait and confirm a few days later that you want to go ahead, then that space may no longer be available. We cannot “hold a place” – we are helping as many women we can whilst maintaining a safe service.
All our packages include an initial free consultation. This appointment can be arranged to take place in your own home, at your place of work or in a local café or pub, wherever suits you. We aim to spend about an hour with you and your partner discussing your individual circumstances, what you are hoping to achieve by having an independent midwife as part of your pregnancy journey, what our packages offer you, and how we work collaboratively with you, with each other and within the NHS system. This is your opportunity to get to know us, ask us any questions you may have and see if you feel we are the right midwives for you.
All our packages offer you phone, WhatsApp and email support throughout the duration of your care. We will be available to you 24/7 for emergency support by phone, or for non-emergency information and advice by message or email and will get back to you as soon as possible. As part of our service we set up a WhatsApp group chat with you, your birthing partner/s and ourselves.
During the antenatal period we will care for you in the relaxing environment of your own home.
We will monitor the progress of your pregnancy, ensuring you are cared for safely, professionally and with kindness.
We will look after your physical and emotional wellbeing, ensuring all clinical care is undertaken diligently by closely monitoring your blood pressure and undertaking urinalysis.
We will monitor the wellbeing of your baby by measuring their size to ensure they are growing well and in accordance with a personalised guidelines, we will palpate (feel your abdomen) to determine the position your baby is lying in, we will listen in to your baby’s heart rate using a pinard and soinicade (gold standard of care), and we will discuss and explain all the findings and advise you appropriately.
The National guidelines, recommendations and screening tests will all be discussed – what this means for you and why they are recommended. We will also explain the evidence surrounding these recommendations, so you can make an informed choice about your care.
Because we are there for you as an individual and not as a number in the system, we have plenty of time to spend with you exploring any questions, concerns or general conversations you may wish to have. If there is something we don’t know or are unsure of (contrary to popular belief we don’t know everything!), we will spend time finding the answer for you, researching the evidence, or if it falls outside the sphere of normal midwifery care, we will put you in touch with other professionals who may have a deeper expertise in the subject you need information about.
Of course, we would like to think your pregnancy will progress smoothly and without a hitch, but part of our role is to observe, advise and act if things deviate from this.
We have excellent links with all our local NHS Trusts (hospitals) and not only are we able to refer you if necessary, we can also attend these appointments, where reasonably possible (and if you want us to).
We recommend all our clients to book with their local NHS Trust or a Trust of their choice (we can help with this) in case there is the need for additional clinical support. This is of course your choice to make.
We will be on call for your labour and birth once your pregnancy reaches “term” – this means from 37 weeks to 42 weeks, although if baby comes earlier or later, we will still endeavour to be available to support you.
Once you are in labour, we will remain in close contact with you and your birth partner throughout, and we will offer you practical tips, advice and reassurance. We will remind you of all the things you can do to feel more comfortable and in control while you are at home, and we will help you and your birth partner to help you feel loved, supported and safe.
You will be confident in yourselves and each other, and when you feel it is the right time for you, we will attend.
This is personal to everyone, some people choose to have us come to their home to support and assess the labour progress; some do this early, some wait until the very last minute to call us in, and others choose to meet us at their preferred birthing location.
By this point in your care you will know and trust us, and we will know and trust you. We will always come to you when you ask us to.
Once you are in established labour, we will stay with you until your baby is born. We will support your birth choices and respect your birth plan. Your labour and birth are YOURS and yours alone. We know and recognise when to sit back and watch as you rock your birth, and we know when we need to pull out the pom poms and give you extra support.
Your labour and birth are YOURS and yours alone. We know and recognise when to sit back and watch as you rock your birth, and we know when we need to pull out the pom poms and give you extra support.
We will help your birth partner to keep you in your zone and we can take over if they need a break (everyone needs to use the loo!).
If you have decided on a hospital birth, we can advise you on a good time to transfer in and will liaise with the Trust to make the transfer as smooth as possible. Once in hospital we will continue to be your birth champion and advocate. We will ensure your birth wishes are understood, and that you are respected, informed and kept at the centre of your care throughout.
We can offer you a translation service, so you are aware and fully informed of any suggestions or recommendations made, we medical professionals have our own language and sometimes we forget not everyone speaks it!
If you have chosen a home birth we will attend you at your home when you are ready, we will monitor you and your baby’s health and wellbeing throughout, keeping you safe and well cared for, and we will stay with you through birth and beyond.
For all birth location options once baby is born, we stay with you until your baby has had their first feed and you are settled and well.
Once all the excitement and planning for baby’s arrival is over, we will continue to provide you with support as you transition into your new family unit.
No matter which package you choose, the care for the first two weeks will be the same.
We care for you every day for the first three days. This ensures you receive intensive support as you come to grips with your new and shiny little human.
Not only do we spend time making sure you and your baby are clinically well and recovering from the birth, but we also support you with feeding, sleeping, nappy changing, skin care and cord care. We talk to you about the importance of skin-to-skin, protecting your space, and any things you should be looking out for, for example jaundice, bleeding, infection, and so on.
We will listen and advise you with any concerns or questions you may have – you will have some, AND you will tell us that they are daft questions – but they NEVER are.
We will talk about the birth with you and explore how you feel about this.
Then, if all is well, we will leave you alone for day 4 and come back on day 5. We will always be at the end of the phone for a call or a message if you have any questions.
At the day 5 visit we recommend the baby is weighed and we will offer you the newborn blood spot screening test. If necessary, we can help you with a feeding plan and monitor its effectiveness closely. We have excellent links with lactation consultants and tongue tie practitioners, should this be required.
We then see you again on day 7 or 8, depending on how you are getting on, and then in the second week we will visit you three times, usually every other day. From then on, depending on what package you have chosen, the visits get a little less frequent, as by this point we are trying to wean ourselves off of you. We usually find that by the time we come to the end of our care with you, you are far too busy to fit us in!
|Package||Free Consultation||Telephone/email support||Antenatal care from early pregnancy||Antenatal care from 28 weeks||Antenatal care from 34 weeks||Labour and Birth support||Postnatal care 4 weeks||Complimentary Therapies included|
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