I qualified as a midwife in 2006 after deciding to change career following the births of my first two children, which were the most empowering experiences of my life. Attending several homebirths during my community training fuelled my interest in natural undisturbed birth; I knew I wanted to give personalised, one-to-one continuity of care for the mothers I was going to look after, so I decided to set up as an independent midwife, practising outside the NHS.
As McMidwives Independent Midwifery Services I provide end-to-end maternity care, for women and their families, either as an alternative to or alongside mainstream NHS care. Since setting up McMidwives in 2006, I have looked after numerous mums and babies with diverse and specific care needs; tailoring my approach to suit each family’s individual circumstances.
I am a registered midwife with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC), and a member of Independent Midwives UK (IMUK), Association for Improvements in Maternity Services (AIMS), and a local representative for the Association of Radical Midwives. I have also recently entered into training to become a Supervisor of Midwives in the Lothian area. From time to time, I provide bank cover for the NHS, taking care of women in the wards of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.
When I’m not on call for my clients, I enjoy reading, walking and knitting. I am married to Gary and have three children (two born in hospital, one born at home) who are all growing up fast.