Having a baby is a very special and exciting time but it can also be filled with many anxieties. It is no secret that in London the NHS maternity services are overstretched and are unable to guarantee that you will see the same midwife at each antenatal visit and it is unlikely that you will have met the midwife (or midwives) that will be looking after you during the birth. Postnatally you are likely to be discharged from hospital before you feel ready and care in the community is sparse.
Evidence has shown that developing a trusting relationship with a midwife during your pregnancy leads to more positive outcomes for both Mum and baby. The aim of the care is for the Mother to experience pregnancy and birth as empowering and positive, in order to facilitate a joyful and stress free transition to being parents.
Having your own Independent Midwife - that you can call on at anytime and know will be with you when labour starts - will reduce any fears you might have and instill calm and confidence.
Annabel Bryant RM, RSCN, RGN, DipHE(Midwifery) is an experienced Midwife having worked for 35 years in the NHS, initially as a neonatal nurse in an Intensive Care Unit for babies and since 1991 as a Midwife. She has worked in hospitals, a stand alone rural birth centre and community giving her a wide experience of both low and high risk pregnancies and births. During her time in the NHS she worked at The Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust as a Labour ward Coordinator (in charge of the labour ward and maternity inpatients for the shift), Acting Matron for Labour Ward, Matron of the Private Maternity Service and Lead for Midwifery Development before pursuing her vocation in 2012 to fulfill her passion to become an Independent Midwife.
Annabel was awarded Royal College of Midwives/Johnson and Johnson Mum’s Midwife of the Year (London and South East Region) in 2012
She is a member of Independent Midwives UK and is registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
Annabel has made numerous appearances on Sky News to discuss topical midwifery issues.