Independent midwives work autonomously and like any other midwife they are fully registered and accountable for their actions. However, they have chosen to work outside the NHS.
Regents Independent Midwives understand that each pregnancy is different for every person and therefore provide 24 hour care to all their clients.
We offer a selection of care packages, which can be tailored to your individual needs.
Antenatal visits are conducted in the comfort of your own home and they are unhurried so you can develop a realationship at the same time as the medical checkup.
An initial consultation is offered and usually lasts about one hour. This appointment will allow you to get to know the midwives better and will also give you the opportunity to discuss any concerns you have or to ask questions about different maternity packages that may suit your needs.This initial consultation is completely FREE and you are under no obligation to book with the midwives.
Upon booking confirmation an appointment will be arranged as early as possible in your pregnancy with your primary midwife. This appointment will include a full antenatal examination including routine blood tests, urinalysis, blood pressure and a complete medical and obstetric history – all in the comfort of your own home.
Your midwife will arrange for you to have an early nuchal scan via your GP and this can be booked privately or you can choose to use the NHS service (by appointing Regent’s Midwifery Practice you do no opt out of the NHS care). You will be provided with an information pack to support your antenatal care and a set of maternity notes that you will carry with you throughout your pregnancy.
Your midwife not only provides the standard medical care but she will also provide information on nutrition, exercise and safety during pregancy to ensure that both you and your baby are operating at optimal health.
Regents Midwifery Practice also provides a range of complimentary therapies such as reflexology, aromotherapy, moxabustion, Bach flower remedies, hydrotherapy and herbal remedies – all to provide a comfortable pregnancy.
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Your antenatal appointments are arranged throughout your pregnancy to suit your needs. These are usually four weekly from time of booking until 28 weeks gestation and then fortnightly until 36 weeks gestation.From 36 weeks your midwife will visit you weekly until the delivery of your baby. However, your care is tailored to meet individual cirmcumstances and if your midwife assesses a need, you may be seen more often.
If there is a need, your midwife will refer you to see a consultant obstetrician at your local hospital which is usually covered by the NHS (if you are entitled).
You will also receive a scan at your local hospital, which is also covered by the NHS at approximately 20 weeks. This scan is called an anomaly scan and is used to screen for abnormalities. You can also choose to have this scan privately and your midwife will be happy to discuss this with you.
Throughout your antenatal care, your midwife can refer you to other private practitioners such as consultant obstetricians, acupuncturists, homeopaths, chiropractors, reflexologists, yoga classes and tai chi classes.
When you feel that you are in labour your midwife will assess you in the comfort of your own home to establish whether you are in early pre-labour or if you are in established labour. If you are not in labour, you will be put at ease by your midwife who will offer tips on how to cope and relax.
Once in established labour your midwife will stay with you at home until the delivery of your baby. If you choose a home birth your secondary midwife will provide relief during a long labour and both midwives may be present for your birth.
If you chose a hospital birth you midwife will accompany you into hospital where your care will be handed over to the hospital midwives and doctors. You midwife will remain with you and act as your advocate until your baby is delivered.
You can rest assured that your care by Regent’s Midwifery Practice does not end following the birth of your baby.
Your midwife understands the importance of care following the birth of your baby and will stay with you for a minimum of two hours. Your midwife will ensure that both you and your baby are thoroughly examined before leaving and she will also provide initial breast feeding support and advice at this stage.
Your midwife will continue to visit you daily for the first few days and after this she will visit you weekly until 28 days. You will receive support whilst you establish a breast-feeding pattern, and your midwife will help you to adapt to motherhood with ease.
After you have been discharged at 28 days, your midwife will continue to provide telephone support until your baby is six weeks old.