IBCLC, Registered Midwife, Registered Health Visitor, Registered General Nurse,
IBCLC, Registered Sick Childrens Nurse, State Registered Nurse
Having qualified as a General Nurse (Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham) and as a Midwife I subsequently qualified as a Health Visitor. In order to widen my skill-set further in 2013 I successfully undertook a Breastfeeding Specialist Course and qualified as an IBCLC.
With the NHS I continue to work as a Health Visitor, assisting mothers with practical breastfeeding support and devising plans of care to resolve breastfeeding issues. As a Specialist Infant Feeding Lead, I have delivered training to other practitioners around breastfeeding skills, tongue tie management and faltering growth, in addition to devising pathways around challenges such as mastitis. I have also practiced as a Tongue Tie Practitioner after studying for a post-graduate qualification in Advanced Clinical Skills in tongue-tie management in 2014. As a Tongue Tie Practitioner, I have completed more than 500 frenulotomy procedures and I am competent in assessing, dividing and providing post division breastfeeding support and wound management.
Privately I have experience of working independently abroad delivering antenatal, breastfeeding and weaning classes to the expat community with the Independent Midwives Hebammenzentrum (Vienna, Austria), before setting up Breastfeeding Midlands in 2019.
I am passionate about the importance of good, on-going support that covers not only the early days following birth but also the subsequent weeks and months as this enables us to address any challenges that occur and gives mothers the knowledge and skills to achieve their breastfeeding goals.
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.
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