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About

Having lived in England for the past 15 years, I arrived in Madrid in January 2015, with an open mind to where my practice as a midwife was going to lead me.

Since I first started nursing I developed a keen interest in women’s health. I worked as a nurse in the UK for several years and during time taken out to travel in South America, I met a group of birth attendants in the Amazon. After spending time with them I realised that midwifery was actually my calling.

I returned to the UK and qualified as a midwife in 2011. Since then, I have attended numerous births in all sorts of environments: hospitals, birth centres and homes; always working within the English National Health Service (NHS).

Their philosophy of work places women at the centre of their care, giving them the information and the tools they require to make their own informed choices towards their health and the health of their family. I feel fortunate to have been able to work one to one with women and their partners, building up a relationship of trust through active listening and communication, providing individualised care at the birth place of their choice.

I knew Spain had a very different approach to pregnancy and childbirth to the way I had learnt to practice in the UK. For several months, I worked in a hospital in Madrid and gained experience of the way of practice here.

I perceive childbirth with respect, privacy, individualised care, empowering mothers and their families with information, communication and choice.

Since I arrived in Spain I have noticed a growing movement towards respected childbirth, women centred care and freedom of choice. This makes me optimistic and excited because I believe every woman should be able to choose how she would like to experience such a beautiful and special time in her life.

Whilst learning about this movement for change I met Amanda, whom I now collaborate with within Ilitia Mujer y Maternidad. Together we care and work with women and their families, and provide them with evidence-based information and tools to empower them, so they can experience motherhood in the way they would like to.

I am now enjoying using my experience and knowledge as part of this movement that returns pregnancy, birth and maternity to their natural state.

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Work philosophy

As an Independent Midwife I aim to be ‘with women’ on their journey through pregnancy, birth and maternity.

Communication is key to establish a relationship of trust and confidence and I strive for women to have a complete and unique experience.

I believe that pregnancy and birth are natural, physiological processes. I support and encourage women to give birth in an environment of their choice, trusting their instincts and feelings about their own bodies and their births. I provide the most up-to-date information to empower and enable women and their families to make informed choices.

Based on experience, I feel the postnatal period is crucial time to ensure the well-being and safety of the family. I understand the importance to care for each individual’s needs.

I can offer you

  • One-to-one midwifery support
  • Re-enforce the care from your obstetrician or your health care provider
  • Antenatal classes, including hypnobirthing
  • Antenatal and postnatal appointments
  • Midwifery support for you and your partner when you are in labour
  • Access of care at any stage of pregnancy and up to 4 weeks postnatally
  • Care given in the relaxed environment of your own home
Services

Antenatal care

This is personal midwifery support and advice through out your pregnancy. These appointments are there for you to ask questions, explain any test results and provide you with the most updated information and advice to facilitate your informed choices.

THESE APPOINTMENTS INCLUDE:

  • FULL MIDWIFERY CHECK: Taking your blood pressure, urinalysis, looking at the growth and position of your baby, listening to your baby's heartbeat, etc.
  • Discussion regarding the screening and diagnostics tests available, as well as ensuring that you understand the results.
  • Discussion of physiological and psychological aspects in preparation for the birth and new parenthood.
  • Providing support and information specific to the stage of your pregnancy. An opportunity to discuss any pregnancy related concerns and to look into health issues, such as diet, exercise, etc.
  • Antenatal preparation regarding birthing options, labour preparation, parenting skills and infant feeding.
  • Discuss previous pregnancies and how they may affect your current pregnancy and delivery.
Antenatal care

Antenatal classes

Antenatal preparation is essential to improving birth experiences.

In these classes we will put scare stories into perspective informing you of what really goes on in birth so you know what to expect and how to deal with the unpredictable and prepare you for the journey your body is taking.

1. Hypnobirthing

Hypnobirthing is a complete antenatal education intended to help you achieve a positive birth experience using easily-learned self hypnosis and breathing techniques.
Whatever kind of birth you are planning – homebirth, hospital, birthing centre – hypnobirthing can help.

Private courses can be delivered in the comfort of your own home as either four evening sessions (one per week) or over two full days (across one weekend or two consecutive Saturdays or Sundays).
Group classes will be available to book soon so please get in touch if you would like to join the waiting list, sign up to our newsletter or follow me in Facebook for any updates.

2. Antenatal classes at home

For those who prefer something more intimate and tailored to their needs, or can’t attend the group classes.

We offer four sessions of approximately 3 hours each, or as many as you feel you need, to discuss different aspects of pregnancy, birth, coping strategies, postnatal care, baby needs and any other subject you might want to talk about.

Classes at home

Postnatal

Home visits

Most people underestimate the value of postnatal care. It can be quite daunting coming home with your new baby. But the support you receive after birth can make a big difference in your adjustment to parenthood.

We offer postnatal midwifery care, checking on you and your baby’s wellbeing for up to a month after the birth.
We aim to provide you with support whilst you are adapting to life with your new baby. Our visits will not be rushed, therefore if you have problems we will give you all the time you need.

We believe the postnatal period is a good opportunity to reflect and discuss your birth experience as well as giving you advice and support regarding new parenting skills, infant feeding, understanding your baby’s needs, physical and emotional changes.

Breastfeeding support

Breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed your baby. Unfortunately babies don’t come with instructions and you both need time to learn.
Breastfeeding can be very challenging emotionally and physically at times but it can also be one of the most rewarding and satisfying aspect of caring for your baby.

I offer up-to-date research based care with one to one support. I believe that with proper support and guidance, the majority of mothers can be successful at breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding support

Prices

  • First consultation (approx. 2 hours): 60€

    (medical history taking, resolving questions or doubts)
  • Antenatal care (approx. 90 minutes): 60€

    (We can provide support when you need help with issues that have not been dealt with your obstetrician. This visits can be organize every 3 to 6 weeks)
  • Antenatal classes at home (4 sessions approx. 3 hours long): 300€

    Every couple is different and you might not need all the sessions, or maybe you are just looking to enforce certain aspects. We can also organise individualised sessions tailored to your needs.
    The whole course contains 8 sessions of approximately 90 minutes each:
  1. Enjoy your pregnancy, breaking myths
  2. Get to know your pelvis and pelvic floor
  3. Physical and emotional implications of a normal birth
  4. Birth plan
  5. Pain relief in childbirth
  6. When and why births can go wrong?
  7. Postnatal care
  8. Breastfeeding and newborn needs

  • Hypnobirthing at home (4 sessions approx. 3 hours long/2 days over a weekend): 300€

    Hypnobirthing is a complete antenatal education. Hypnobirthing classes are intended to help you have the most natural childbirth possible, using easily-learned self hypnosis and breathing techniques.
    Whatever kind of birth you’re planning – homebirth, hospital, birthing centre or whatever – Hypnobirthing can help.
  • Support through dilatation at home: 1100€

    (It includes a midwife on-call from 37 weeks gestation and antenatal and postnatal visits at home until your baby’s first month)
  • Support for home birth: 1900€

    (As above but it includes two midwives on-call)
  • Postnatal home visits: 75€

    (approx. 2 hours)
  • Breastfeeding support at home: 75€

    (approx. 2 hours)
  • Integrated postnatal care: 375€

    (It involves 5 postnatal home visits and breastfeeding support for you and your baby for the first month. It includes as well telephone assistance)
  • Pelvic Floor Assessment (from 1 month after birth): 60€

*We have a mileage charge over 30 kilometers from centre Madrid (0,3€⁄Km)
*Weekends and bank holidays: we have an extra charge of 20€
*If you have private insurance with refund policy, we can provide you with an invoice in order to get a refund of contracted services.