You’ve probably heard about doulas and independent midwives, or private midwives. They are all practitioners who help and support you through pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. But what’s the real difference?
Actually, the roles are distinct and the training and responsibilities of the midwife and doula are very different. So, if you’re considering employing a doula or independent midwife, it is absolutely essential to know why and what you hope to gain from them.
Introducing Leonie Bryan and Tess Mc Leish, formerly of Neighbourhood Midwives, now working as Independent Midwives offering great care to women in South East/South London.
Neighbourhood Midwives – A brief history of who we are and why we have chosen to work in this way
With the end of 2017 and our first year of providing an NHS midwifery service completed it feels the right time to give some background as to why we chose to set up an independent midwifery organisation, to describe our journey to date and to share our goals for 2018 and beyond.
I wasn’t even married when I read an article in SW magazine about Annie….the headline was “One Woman, One Midwife” and after all the horror stories I’d heard at about local maternity wards from the girls I worked with, I knew I needed to speak to her when the time came.
We finally have a moment to post a photo of our meeting on Thursday with Dr Dan Poulter (Under Parliamentary Secretary of State for Health) pictured here with two of our recent NM clients – Katy Hill with baby Benjamin and Rebecca MacDonald with baby Gus, together with Annie and Tina from NM, our Board Chair, Charlotte Cool and patron Peter Duncan.