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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
*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.