IBCLC, RM, RHV, RGN,
IBCLC, RM, RGN, BSc.Hons, SCPHN
IBCLC, RSCN, SRN
I qualified as a General Nurse prior to undertaking my Midwifery training and subsequently my Health Visitor training, where I continue to practice. I have developed my practice both in the NHS and working independently abroad delivering antenatal, breastfeeding and weaning classes to the expat community with the Hebammenzentrum (Vienna).
In 2013 I undertook a Breastfeeding Specialist Course to widen my knowledge and skills prior to qualifying as an IBCLC in 2013, I currently support Pauline in her role as Infant Feeding Specialist to deliver training to other practitioners around breastfeeding skills and tongue tie management, in addition to devising pathways around challenges such as mastitis.
I also work within the NHS as a Tongue Tie Practitioner after studying for a post-graduate qualification in Advanced Clinical Skills in tongue-tie management in 2014, as a frenulotomy practitioner I have completed more than 500 frenulotomy procedures and am competent in assessing, dividing and providing post division breastfeeding support and wound management.
I am passionate about the importance of good support in the early days following birth in order to address any challenges that occur and give mothers the knowledge and skills to achieve their breastfeeding goals.
I trained as a General Nurse qualifying in 1987 and subsequently worked in a variety of clinical settings which included nursing premature babies. I trained and qualified as a Midwife in early 2001, and although no longer practising, I use my knowledge and experience of birth and feeding practices in my current role as a Specialist Infant Feeding Lead for an NHS Community Trust, a post I have held since 2010. More recently, in 2017, I undertook the IBCLC course and qualified as an IBCLC.
I am passionate in working with families to ensure the feeding journey is as pleasurable as possible.
I qualified as a nurse in 1982, and as a Children's nurse in 1985 and have specifically been caring for premature babies since 1987. Whilst working in this field I obtained the ENB 405 qualification which is specific to caring for premature and sick newborn babies. I qualified as an IBCLC practitioner in 2013 and work in a neo-natal unit supporting breastfeeding and expressing mothers, I have specialist skills in expressing and pumping. In addition to this I help to lead a breastfeeding support groups to help mothers and their babies of all age ranges.
I am passionate about helping all mothers to feed their babies but I hold a particular interest in supporting mothers with premature babies as these babies require specific help when learning to feed at the breast.