Originally from the North East of England, my career began as a Registered Nurse. I knew very early in my professional life that I wanted to be a Midwife and that I had a desire to help women throughout one of the most wonderful and challenging times of their lives. I qualified as a Midwife in 1991 and worked in both the hospital and community setting throughout Cambridgeshire, attending births and providing postnatal care for new moms and their babies.
I later gained a Bachelor’s degree in Health Studies and practiced as a qualified Health Visitor, visiting new mothers in their homes following discharge from hospital and providing education and support throughout the first few weeks of newborn life. I also offered counseling and support to mothers who had miscarried or lost a child, were undergoing infertility treatment and to families who had children with special needs.
It was during this time that I truly gained the experience and deep understanding of the emotional challenges faced by all new mothers and the universal need for support and individualized care.
I moved to the US in 1996 and delivered all three of my children here, each in a different state! All were natural births, all attended by midwives and my last son was born at home. My children were all exclusively and extensively breastfed and my daughter and eldest son tandem nursed.