Midwifery Services

There are so many things to think about during pregnancy and the lead up to your birth and I am so pleased to be able to answer any of your questions, leaving you to feel super calm and confident!

One of the main reasons a woman may opt for an independent midwife to care for her throughout her pregnancy is continuity. Research has shown that if a woman has continuity of care throughout her pregnancy she is more likely to have a natural birth. Research also indicates that if a mother-to-be is attended by a midwife she knows and trusts, her labour has a much better chance of going to plan.

Unfortunately, NHS midwives are in constant high demand and because they are busy they are not always able to give you the dedicated time you may need to answer your questions. A typical appointment lasts around 15 minutes and there is usually no guarantee that you will see the same midwife and even less likely to see a known midwife at your birth.

As an independent midwife, I am able to allow 1-2 hours per appointment. These are carried out in your own home at a time that suits you, including evenings and weekends. This works really well if you or your partner is working as it means we can be very flexible and your partner doesn’t get to miss out on important information.

How would you like to really know the midwife that provides your entire antenatal care, attends your labour and birth and then visits you for the first six to eight weeks afterwards? Can you imagine how supported you will feel knowing that your midwife is aware of all your choices and wishes for birth and beyond? How would your partner feel if he knew that you and your baby were receiving the best clinical care?

You’re in Good Hands

“We were lucky enough to have Amanda support us during pregnancy, throughout the birth and after our little girl was born. From the moment we met I knew I could trust Amanda, and I felt she immediately understood what was important to us. She took the time to get to know us as a couple and offered a calm presence both in person and over the phone. For the labour it was important for me to stay in control and although I hadn’t predicted it, to be left alone! I found myself in my own zone and Amanda was respectful of me and my wishes throughout (even when my wish was for everyone to ‘shut up!’), offering reassurance and guidance when needed.

I know that for both my mum and husband the experience was also completely magical, which wouldn’t have been possible if Amanda had not enabled us to create the calm birthing environment we wanted. My little girl took a while to appear but at no point during labour did I sense anything being wrong.

Had I been in hospital I am certain they would have intervened pretty quickly, taking my labour out of my hands. In the weeks after our little pudding joined us, Amanda offered advice and support for everything from feeding to looking after myself. The whole experience has been fantastic for us and I know that the calm, positive and relaxed environment our little girl entered into has helped her be the most chilled baby around, content and happy with the world.

We can’t thank Amanda enough and are already looking forward to having her with us for our future pregnancies!”

Elizabeth & Paul

Frequently asked Questions

I appreciate that you may have a lot of initial questions about the benefits of an independent midwife and the services I can provide. Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions –

  • What is an Independent Midwife?

    “The legal role of a midwife encompasses the care of women and babies during pregnancy, birth and the early weeks of motherhood. An independent midwife is a fully qualified midwife who has chosen to work outside the NHS in a self-employed capacity. Often working in partnership with other independent midwives, an independent midwife gives care to a woman and her family throughout a pregnancy and the same midwife cares for the woman as she births her baby and supports the family afterwards.”

    Text taken from IMUK website

  • What kind of care does an independent midwife provide?

    Independent midwives perform the same antenatal and postnatal clinical assessments as happen within the NHS. Blood pressure monitoring, urine testing and assessment of fetal well being will be completed at each antenatal meeting. Postnatally, your independent midwife will provide information and assistance on infant feeding and care as well as monitoring your clinical wellbeing, helping you to make a full and rested recovery from childbirth.

  • Where do independent midwives work?

    The majority of births attended by independent midwives are home births but in some areas they can also be present at planned hospital births.

  • Do independent midwives work alone or in practices?

    Some independent midwives are sole practitioner within their own practice and others work with independent midwifery colleagues under one practice heading. Whatever the working arrangement, at least one midwife will be your known and trusted caregiver with two midwives usually present for the birth itself.

  • What are the benefits of independent midwifery care?

    The benefits of a known and trusted midwife throughout pregnancy and birth (continuity of care) are well known and widely documented. This type of care best helps women to cope with the challenges of labour and the transition to parenthood and reduces the likelihood of having medical interventions.

    Independent midwives are on call for the women they care for on a 24/7 basis and appointments can often take place in the evening or on weekends. Appointment times may be longer which can give you a greater chance to discuss concerns or ask for advice.

    If you are at increased risk of complications and are unable to find the care you want from the NHS, some independent midwives are experienced in helping women with twins, a breech baby or who have had a previous caesarean to have the birth experience they want.

    Although there can be no guarantees in birth, choosing an independent midwife as your caregiver does increase your chances of a ‘normal’ physiological birth.

  • How is an independent midwife regulated, supervised and insured?

    Independent midwives are registered with and regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and subject to the same supervision as NHS midwives. Independent midwives are required to keep up to date with their practice and are only allowed to act within their sphere of competence as midwives. All IMUK members hold mandatory professional indemnity insurance.

Choosing a Private Midwife

By choosing to have an independent midwife, you will ensure you receive the highest standard of clinical care throughout this special time. I recommend that you meet with a couple of independent midwives before making a decision, but here are some important things to consider when choosing your perfect midwife:

  1. You will benefit from my 35 years’ experience as a midwife
  2. I am only ever on-call for one woman at a time
  3. I offer specialist hypnobirthing services
  4. You are welcome to use any of my birthing equipment free of charge
  5. I am one of the few independent midwives in the UK still able to give labour and birth care.

What types of birth can My Calm Birth support?

As an independent midwife, we can explore your options and you will have access to fully informed choices to help you decide your birth preferences. I can support you in:

  • Home births
  • Water births
  • VBACs
  • Breech births
  • Lotus births
  • Free births
  • ‘High-risk’ births
  • Planned & ‘natural’ caesarean sections.

Helping you to Make the Right Choice

To help you decide if I am the right midwife for you, we will meet for approximately one to two hours to get to know each other a little. This initial consultation costs £60 and will be deducted from the final cost if you choose to book with me.

  • My two midwife promise

    I work alongside other independent midwives in Yorkshire to provide a second midwife or ‘back up’ in case of illness or clinical need. You will have the opportunity to meet your second midwife during your pregnancy to ensure that you know who may be attending your birth should the need arise.

  • Flexible payment plans

    There is a flexible payment plan for all packages. A non-refundable deposit of £500 is payable on booking. The remaining balance can be paid in monthly instalments if required. We can discuss your options when we meet for the first time.

  • Convenient locations

    I cover the West Yorkshire region and some areas in North Yorkshire, including: Airedale, Bingley, Bradford, Haworth, Harrogate, Ilkley, Leeds, Keighley, Skipton, and Wharfedale. Additional charges may apply if travel exceeds 10 miles. Please get in touch if you have any questions about your location.

  • Tests and scans

    All routine blood tests and scans will be provided by the NHS hospital of your choice, or they can be arranged privately for an additional cost.

My Calm Birth independent midwife services

My services range from a one-off consultation to packages supporting you throughout pregnancy, birth and your postnatal period.

Take a look at how I can help you below and please get in touch to discuss any of the services you see in greater detail.