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Valerie Gommon
BA (Hons) Woman's Health, RM
Independent Midwifery
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About Me:

My aim is for women to be fully informed and active partners in their care. I believe this will empower women and their partners to obtain the most from this precious experience and can then enable them to move forward into parenthood in a positive way.

I am midwife in Independent (or Private) Practice and offer full continuity of care throughout the antenatal period, labour and birth and up to one month postnatal and I live in Leighton Buzzard which is close to Milton Keynes and am happy to take clients within an hour’s drive from home.

My interest in birth spans almost three decades and started with the birth of my first son. I was keen to learn more about the birth process and gradually learnt more about childbirth and parenting skills and subsequently had my next three children at home.

I became involved in La Leche League (a group which supports and promotes breastfeeding), the National Childbirth Trust, A.I.M.S. (the pressure group Association for Improvements in Maternity Services), and our local Birth Information Group. Through my involvement in these groups I began to support other women and acted as a birth supporter and in turn began to teach birth preparation classes and sometimes supported these women during childbirth. Eventually my own children were grown enough for me to consider training to become a midwife and I worked within the NHS for a number of years as both a hospital and community midwife. I am therefore confident in all areas of midwifery practice including homebirth, waterbirth, active birth and vaginal birth after caesarean section; I particularly enjoy parenthood education.

For the majority of women childbirth should be recognised as a normal event, I enjoy supporting women and families at this significant time in their lives. My aim is for women to be fully informed and active partners in their care. I believe this will empower women and their partners to obtain the most from this precious experience and can then enable them to move forwards into parenthood in a positive way.

I am an active campaigner for improvements in maternity services and am a member of Milton Keynes Birth Information Group and MK Mums. I also act as guest lecturer and mentor student midwives. Currently I am a local representative of the Association of Radical Midwives, a member of AIMS (Association for Improvements in Maternity Services), a member of IMA (Independent Midwives Association) as well as being a member of the Royal College of Midwives.

By working independently, I can offer the luxury of unhurried appointments in the comfort of a client's own home allowing plenty of time to prepare for the birth. I like to think I am an experienced, sensitive midwife who works with clients to help obtain the best possible experience at this special time - pregnancy outcomes (types of birth, length of labour, need for pain relief, maternal satisfaction and length of breastfeeding) have been shown to be improved by having a known and trusted midwife - I believe that this is something every woman deserves and will continue to work towards this aim.

I have also supported women giving birth to twins and breech babies at home and have even travelled abroad to care for clients!

I usually work alone, but have the back up of other Independent Midwives if needed and this is included in your fee.

Please do feel free to give me a call for an informal discussion.

Tel: 01525 385153
info@3shiresmidwife.co.uk


 

 

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