Neighbourhood Midwives

Our Midwives

Neighbourhood Midwives was conceived and developed by midwives to offer a unique service which benefits both women & midwives.

Our private service is available across London and in the surrounding counties including parts of Surrey, Kent, Berkshire and Hampshire and our aim is to establish more Neighbourhood Midwives' practices throughout the country.

Here you can take a look at our midwives and the team that supports them. Please give any one of us a ring if we cover your area and you would like to find out more about us or to organise a free consultation.

Our private service is available across London and in the surrounding counties including parts of Surrey, Kent, Berkshire and Hampshire and our aim is to establish more Neighbourhood Midwives' practices throughout the country.

Alongside our private practice, we are working towards being commissioned to provide our care within the NHS. Our passionate ambition is to enable the choice of a high quality, safe and sustainable caseload midwifery service to be available for all women, regardless of their ability to pay.

We are an employee-owned midwifery mutual where every employee has a say in how we develop through ‘one member one vote’ and representation at board level. We are also a recognised social enterprise – which means we are a business with a clear social aim, who commits any surplus we make back into helping the business grow and achieve that social aim.

Take a look at our team biographies below to meet the people involved.

Midwives

Cheryl Opimo-Fisher

To say that I am passionate about my vocation is an understatement. I never cease to be amazed and humbled by the miracle of the human body and women’s natural ability to birth and nurture their babies. I am constantly reminded of the sheer honour to be a part of this precious, intimate and life-affirming period of a new family’s beginning. It is the very essence of why I am a midwife.

Aside from having my two gorgeous sons, who are amazing, the next best thing I’ve ever done is to train as a midwife, initially in South Africa, where midwifery is highly medicalised, and more recently, retraining in the UK where I experienced the world of woman-centered care for the first time.

After two years as a homebirth midwife, I have gravitated to Neighbourhood Midwives as they offer me an unparalleled opportunity to bond with women and their families from day one, and to see them right through to the joyous end. I have always strived to empower women to achieve the birth they want through education, care and support. Pregnancy and birth is not just a physiological event. It is a life changing, emotional roller-coaster for each individual woman. As the word ‘midwife’ derives from the Nordic phrase ‘with woman’, my job is to truly be with her!

I live in West Drayton, part of the London Borough of Hillingdon, west of London, and roughly cover all areas from Windsor to Richmond and Watford to Cobham. To find out if I am the right midwife for you, give me a ring on 07866 899290 for an initial chat and to arrange a free consultation.

Corina Wilson

I love being a midwife - my teenage children call me a ‘birth geek’! It all started when I was pregnant with my first child in 1996. I read voraciously and the more I read, the more fascinated I became. In 2003 I was birth partner for my sister and witnessed my niece come into the world. I was hooked! Two months later I was training as a doula and three years after that, I began training as a midwife.

After qualifying, I worked in the NHS for four years but always dreamed of working as a holistic, caseload midwife. In contrast to the NHS, working for Neighbourhood Midwives allows me to get to know my clients as individuals and support them through more than just the physiological phases of pregnancy. I am able to share in the highs and lows, the laughter and the tears. Working in this way is a privilege as I see the miracle of new life unfold and see men and women become parents. I am honoured every time I am able to attend a birth, every time I witness the love a new parent feels for their new baby. My job is everyday miracles. Who wouldn’t love this job?

I cover North and North West London and parts of Hertfordshire.  To find out if I might be the right midwife for you, give me a ring on 07584 994201 for an initial chat and to arrange a free consultation.

Jill Hutchings

I began my journey as a midwife 18 years ago. It was a hugely proud moment and one of my greatest achievements along with the birth of my two sons.

My passion is supporting women through the most extraordinary journey of their lives as they make the transition to parenthood. I feel very privileged to have shared so many journeys as a caseload midwife within the NHS. My last role was as a community coordinator supporting women and midwives and a dedicated team of maternity support workers to provide breastfeeding support and advice and continuity during the early days and weeks with the new families in Southampton

I believe in continuity of carer and the importance of empowering women to make choices that are right for them. I feel passionate that all women should be able to have continuity of a midwife they know and trust who is their advocate and guide to enable them to give birth to a healthy baby in a safe and satisfying way in the place of their choice.

I feel very excited now to be joining such a passionate team of midwives working with Neighbourhood midwives and look forward to sharing many more journeys with the women and families in my care

I am also a keen walker and support many charities and hope later this year to walk 100km along the Thames Path as part of action challenge to raise money and awareness.

I currently cover Hampshire, the M3 corridor, South London and South East London areas. To find out if I might be the right midwife for you, give me a ring on 07471904670 for an initial chat and to arrange a free consultation.

Joanne Rack

My interest in midwifery began in 1990 after the birth of my first daughter. My next two daughters were born into the hands of midwives, some of the first legislated midwifery-led births in Ontario, Canada. From there, I became a childbirth educator and doula, and worked extensively in the Ottawa, Ontario community with expectant parents. I managed community based programs such as The Birth Companion Program, the Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program, Lanark Food Box Program and outreach programs for The Parent Resource Centre.

In the early 2000’s my husband’s career took our family to the UK where I taught for the NCT, became an Infant Massage Instructor and worked with SureStart to lead and manage the development of one of the first SureStart Children’s Centers in Gloucestershire. Following this I began my BSc. Honours Midwifery at the University of Worcester. A transfer back to Canada allowed me to graduate from Laurentian University’s Midwifery Program. During my training I completed clinical placements in both urban and rural settings. I have been fortunate to be able to attend births at home, in hospital and in birthing centers.

I hold an Associate Professorship at McMaster University Faculty of Family Medicine and was a founding member of the Board of Directors for Ontario’s first free standing midwifery led birth centre, The Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre. Through these experiences I have been privileged to be able support women from very diverse backgrounds. I have a deep respect for the birthing process and am continually open to the knowledge and experience that is gained from each birth I attend.

I now happily find myself back in the UK and am excited to be able to continue to provide what is recognized around the world as the gold standard of midwifery care – the continuity of care model.

I am located in the Clapham/Wandsworth Common area – the heart of Nappy Valley and look forward to welcoming many new babies into this busy community of growing families. You can contact me on 07584343475 for an initial chat and to arrange a free consultation..

Monica Fox

Becoming a mother and a midwife are two of my most treasured achievements and experiences. Having heard about some of my friends’ birth experiences, I decided to train as a midwife in order to really make a difference to the women and families I cared for.

After working within the NHS, I came to Neighbourhood Midwives, where every woman receives the continuity of care that they deserve. This type of care enables the women and their families to build a trusting partnership with me, which helps to achieve the best possible outcome for her, her baby and her family. I love being a midwife and feel truly privileged to being a part of this amazing experience.

I am based in North London. To find out if I am the right midwife for you, give me a ring on 07584496904 for an initial chat and to arrange a free consultation.

Nicky Harris

I have been a midwife for 27 years. A year after qualifying my husband Chris and I had the first of four lovely children: one hospital birth and the other three at home.

I have worked both in the NHS and independent sectors, within hospitals and the community – and even in Egypt! Mostly though, I have worked in the community providing homebirth care.

The name “midwife” means “with woman” and I absolutely love this core aspect of midwifery. It’s a privilege to journey with a woman and her family through this important passage of life.

My passion is supporting women and babies through the postnatal period. Although this is a crucial part of a family’s experience, it has often been a neglected part of midwifery care. I am thrilled that with Neighbourhood Midwives, I can provide continuity and effective care for women and their families to give the best start in their journey into parenthood.

In 2013 I qualified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) which is the gold standard for breastfeeding support. I believe every woman should have access to skilled breastfeeding support, from birth, to optimise the experience for those who choose to breastfeed.

In my spare time, I have an allotment, love gardening and am involved in lots of activities at church.

I am mainly available for postnatal care packages and breastfeeding support. The area I cover is South London. To find out if I am the right midwife for you, give me a ring on 07935435903 for an initial chat and to arrange a free consultation.

Rae Vrdoljak

I love being a midwife – it is so much more than a job for me. I am constantly learning from the women and families I care for; and invariably find myself reading, talking about or doing a workshop related to birth, even in my spare time.

For me, pregnancy, labour, birth and motherhood are the most amazing journeys in life. Every woman has the right to feel safe, supported, listened to and empowered to make the choices that feel right for her, her baby and her family. I feel so lucky that as a Neighbourhood Midwife I am able to be alongside women, ensuring they feel informed, nurtured, and confident throughout every stage of their own unique journey. In my spare time, I love spending time with my family, doing yoga and pottering around my garden.

I cover South London and parts of Kent. To find out if I might be the right midwife for you, give me a ring on 07866 900659 for an initial chat and to arrange a free consultation.

Rene Bozier

I ran my own successful independent midwife practice in South East London for nine years before joining Neighbourhood Midwives, with many clients returning again...and again...and again! I continue to practise as a midwife (162 babies and counting!) and am thrilled to be involved in the development of Neighbourhood Midwives in my position as Employee Director.

I particularly enjoy providing support & guidance to student midwives as they make the transition into fully fledged practitioners. Employee ownership is a new way of working for midwives and I believe a very exciting time for the profession as a whole. When I'm not working I like spending time with my four children and seven grandchildren (five of whom I delivered) and my three dogs (none of whom I delivered!)

I cover South East London and North West Kent. To find out if I might be the right midwife for you, give me a ring on 07585 129055 for an initial chat and to arrange a free consultation.

Sharon Gamon

I see my midwifery qualification as one of the proudest achievements in my life, along with the birth of my five children! I have been a midwife since 2005 and feel hugely privileged to have been the guardian to many a new life coming into this world, including my seven gorgeous grandchildren. I am a passionate midwife who believes that every woman's journey is hers to own.

I am only here to guide and support her and to provide personalised care, tailored to the individual needs of each woman and her family. I feel truly blessed every time I am invited to share the wonderful journey into parenthood with a couple. Neighbourhood Midwives is an amazing organisation to be a part of and we all believe that every woman should have the choice to birth "her baby, her way" in a safe and calm environment.

I live near Southampton but travel up to London for part of the week and cover South West London and the M3 corridor. To find out if I might be the right midwife for you, give me a ring on 07866 899763 for an initial chat and to arrange a free consultation.

Central Support Team

Annie Francis

I have been a qualified midwife for over 17 years, starting my midwifery course in the same month as my youngest son Arthur started school. My husband Peter and I have four children, all now in their 20s. Three of them were born at home with the same midwife and the care Caroline gave me and my family over those years was my inspiration for becoming a midwife - that same continuity lies at the heart of everything we offer here at Neighbourhood Midwives.

Like every other member of our team, I am passionate about providing a safe, personalised service for you, your partner and your baby from the moment you book with us. As CEO, my lifelong ambition and goal is for the model of care that Neighbourhood Midwives offers to become a real choice for all women having a baby in the UK, regardless of their circumstances. In March 2015 I was honoured to be invited to be a member of the National Maternity Review recently announced by NHS England.

Charlotte Cool

As the non-executive Director and Chair, I've been privileged to be involved in the development of the culture and governance of Neighbourhood Midwives, acknowledging their strong commitment to shared ownership whilst delivering the highest quality of personalised care.

In my day job, I run the advocacy team at John Lewis Partnership and have spent many years championing the positive benefits of employee ownership for private and public organisations, something I have now been able to share with the team here at Neighbourhood Midwives. My father was an obstetrician and my mother a paediatrician, so babies have always been a passion in my family and I now have three gorgeous young children of my own.

Eleanor May Johnson

I was fascinated by pregnancy and birth as an teenager but it wasn’t until I was pregnant with my third daughter that I decided I would train to become a midwife. I graduated from Bournemouth University in 2003 and have been a caseload midwife ever since, both in the NHS and the independent sector. I am still as passionate about midwifery as ever and it is my great privilege to share the journey through pregnancy, birth and into parenthood with the women and families I care for.

As clinical co-ordinator at Neighbourhood Midwives, I work closely with all the midwives within our organisation. My role includes supporting and advising them on their clinical practice, as well as being involved in the operational running & IT provision for Neighbourhood Midwives. I am also responsible for Information Governance and act as our Caldicott Guardian. It is my aim to make the care we provide available to all women.

Louise Wilby

I have been a midwife since 1990 and have experience in both the NHS and independent clinical practice as well as in midwifery education in the UK and New Zealand. I have two children of my own, now well into their teens - one was born in hospital and one at home.

I am the lead for clinical quality within Neighbourhood Midwives and my role involves maintaining the high standards that our organisation prides itself on. This includes monitoring outcomes, writing guidelines, clinical audit, risk management and I am also involved in the training and development of our midwives. Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, I answer our enquiry line so I look forward to speaking to you when you call.

Lucy Duncan

I am not a midwife, but my mother is and so I have been surrounded by midwives for most of my life. I have witnessed time and time again, how much better pregnancy and birth can be for a woman when she knows the midwife guiding and assisting her through pregnancy, birth and the first few weeks of motherhood, especially when things don’t go to plan.

I provide administrative support for Neighbourhood Midwives. I studied Chinese for my BA and, following this, did an MA in medical anthropology with a particular focus on childbirth.

Tina Perridge

Becoming a midwife at the age of 40 was like beginning a new life for me. For the pregnancy and birth of my fourth child, I had been looked after by an independent midwife and the experience was life changing. 17 years later and my family have all embraced the life of a midwife and are just as passionate as I am about Neighbourhood Midwives.

For me, it is all about the women, ensuring that each one feels supported and nurtured, so they can relax and enjoy their pregnancy, safe in the knowledge that their midwife will be with them every step of the way. As part of the Central Support Team, I am responsible for our company culture and finance but most of all, for making sure that the women we care for, and the midwives in our team, have the best possible experience - that’s what gets me up in the morning!

Having Neighbourhood midwives as our advocate throughout the labour and post-natal eased the process so much.

Lizzie

You affect peoples lives in such a positive and empowering way.

Hayley

The post natal care from Annie and Sharon was superb. It made a huge difference to my recovery to have continuity of care from midwives so knowledgeable and empathetic. It's just as important as 1 to 1 care in pregnancy

Sally