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What is a Birth Friend?
Women have always assisted other women as they give birth. This is what the word midwife means (with woman). Recently retired from midwifery, I have sixteen years’ experience as a midwife, both with the NHS and as an independent midwife.
A Birth Friend offers a wide range of services to provide continuity, calmness and care to women (and their families) before, during and in the days following birth. By offering to be a known and trusted person accompanying women as they give birth, I aim to help them feel as calm and confident as possible before, through and after labour and birth.
Liz has been an amazing birth friend! She was kind, really available, and extremely experienced. She was combining her midwife knowledge with incredible human qualities. She listened to us, understood our main concerns and knew how to best address them. She was open-minded and respected all our choices. She definitely made our journey leading up to our son’s birth more enjoyable, informed, and peaceful.
As well as providing support as a birth friend during labour, I also offer birth preparation for both women and their partners, working through your birth preferences, assistance with preparing to breastfeed and postnatal (babymoon) support for those important days following birth.
Mother Blessing and Closing the Bones ceremonies are available too!
Read through some Birth Stories and Testimonials from previous clients to find out more about how I work, and how continuity of care and a known and trusted person present at your labour can help you feel calm and confident.