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Vicky Feeney, Independent Midwife

Midwifery has become more than a job, it has become a passion and a huge part of my life. As an independent midwife, I have the opportunity to really work alongside women and I feel privileged to be a part of such a huge life-changing event.

To enhance my role, I have taken on additional training in specific areas of midwifery, i.e. waterbirth and I have also taken extra training in teaching/adult learning which is useful when tackling areas such as parent education. I am also currently studying a Higher Diploma in Complimentary Therapies (HDComp) which includes Homeopathy, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Acupressure and Hypnotherapy, which are essential aspects in my work as an independent practitioner.

Although I support the ethos of the NHS, I believe that true one-to-one, family-centred care can only be provided through independent midwifery. My aim is to promote autonomy through informed choice and encourage a smooth transition from pregnancy to parenthood. I am registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as well as a member of the Independent Midwives Association, Association of Radical Midwives, Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services and the Royal College of Midwives. I also subscribe to several midwifery journals to stay up to date with the latest research in midwifery.

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Joy Horner, Independent Midwife

Joy qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1987 and trained as a midwife in 1988 and practiced until 1990 when she left to have my family. Having completed a return to practice course through Bournemouth University in 2002 Joy then worked for 3 years in a busy midwife-led birth centre. Joy became an Independent midwife in October 2005 and really enjoys supporting women's wishes. Most of her clients plan to give birth at home. I am a trained National Childbirth antenatal teacher. I founded and help run our local home-birth support group.

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Virginia Howes, Independent Midwife

Dr Sally Scott B.Sc. Hons. (Chiro)

Sally Scott is a registered chiropractor with a special interest in pregnancy and post-natal care.

Sally can offer advice on pregnancy related joint, muscular and nerve problems such as back pain, SPD, sacroiliac pain, sciatica, ribcage and upper back pain. She has also trained with the NCT to advise women on optimal foetal positioning (how to encourage the foetus into the best position for birth) and is trained in the Webster breech protocol, which is a chiropractic technique used to aid breech babies in turning to the head down position.

Sally is based in south Manchester and runs a service for pregnant women and new mothers, offering chiropractic treatment in their home or workplace.

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Adela Stockton, Doula

With a background in teaching and 10 years of midwifery practice, Adela Stockton has worked as a doula, doula trainer (Birth Consultancy Doula Preparation) and childbirth homeopath since 2002. Born in Perth, Scotland, she is a founder member of the Scottish Doula Network and press officer for the national network Doula UK. Adela is also a mother and a writer: her childbirth handbook Positive Pain: a guide to emotional wellbeing through pregnancy and birth has been described as 'essential preparation for anyone thinking about a holistic and natural birth' (AIMS 2007). She continues to raise awareness about doulas and gentle birth through writing articles for a variety of lay and professional childbirth and parenting journals.

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Kerry Taylor, Independent Midwife

Kerry Taylor has been a Midwife since 1996 midwife since 1996 and has worked in all areas of midwifery at R.S.C.H. and Worthing Hospital.

She gained extensive experience working on the delivery suite for 5 years caring for women in labour, including obstetric emergencies and newborn resuscitation. Other areas of expertise include the use of optimal positioning to ensure correct engagement of the baby during pregnancy, and the use of upright positions for birth, and water births. Kerry became an independent midwife to fulfill the desire to provide care in a less frantic and more personal way which was only achievable by working outside the N.H.S. However she still works the occasional hospital shifts and attends regular study days to keep abreast of new developments within midwifery. Kerry is registered and accountable to the Nursing and Midwifery Council and is a member of the Independent Midwives Association.

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