Independent Midwives provide woman-centred continuity of care that respects the whole family and is based on evidence – where it exists and an acknowledgement of when it does not. This is a model of care that is difficult for employed midwives to use, due to policies and a culture that does not prioritise women’s individual needs.
Our basic beliefs
All Yorkshire Storks midwives believe that giving birth is part of a continuum, a life event and that supportive, enabling midwifery helps keep everything normal for women and babies. We believe that respectful care and birth at home improves the outcomes for most women but back up help and intervention in hospital is sometimes necessary and at times most sensible. We are of course happy to support those who feel that hospital birth is best for them and their family.
We have a lot of experience of working with families from a diverse range of backgrounds. We celebrate and respect all families.
Flexible and unhurried interactions
We can plan your visits or zoom meetings around your work or family commitments at times to suit you and your partner. We can chat over a cuppa and our visits are unhurried, relaxed and friendly, enabling us to get to know each other and explore what is important to you. Occasionally we may need to reschedule a visit when we are attending another client who is birthing or in unexpected need of us. This flexibility means we can be similarly responsive to your needs.