Elizabeth, Mark, Max and Alexander

Elizabeth, Mark, Max and Alexander

Alexander’s birth was a wonderful experience, way beyond our highest hopes and it was the expertise and incredible support of Riverside Midwives that made it possible. We have had such a calm and enjoyable start to life as a family of four, thanks to their care. When I was pregnant for the second time, we were both worried about the upcoming birth, especially with our 5 year old Max to think about too. Aged 40, I was being labelled “high risk” with hospital protocols around induction putting on pressure to rethink my hopes for birth. Emily had been an NHS …

Suzy, Dale and baby Holly

Suzy I think it’s common for every mum-to-be to Google every step of her pregnancy. However, when it came to feeling confident and comfortable about my labour path when asked by the midwife at my antenatal appointments, I felt overwhelmed and honestly pretty ignorant about what my options really were. What I did know is that I’ve always felt terrified of hospitals, we were just about to move home to a new area and that I wanted as natural a birth as possible. I had also heard that a water birth was a great way to achieve a calm and …

Wendy and baby Sebastian

Emily was my midwife for the birth of my 3rd child. It was without a doubt, the best experience I have had with regards to support and care from a midwife. From the start, Emily was completely supportive of my choices. She made sure that I understood the risks and benefits but I never felt like she was trying to sway me, only inform. I received one-to-one care from her and she was an excellent listener when I was having a wobble and really helped me to keep focused on what was important. She is very knowledgeable and was very …

Louise, Paul, Edison and baby Ada

Louise I first met Jo at a particularly low point in my first pregnancy, I was struggling as I desperately wanted a home birth and came up against a few obstacles with the NHS. I must point out I am a big fan of the NHS, but sadly on this particular occasion, due to constraints on midwives, I wasn’t given the care and attention I should have been given. At around 32 weeks I was fortunate enough to have an antenatal appointment with Jo, I walked in utterly deflated and she instantly sensed my frustration and just “got” how and …

Heather and baby Elsie

Being a first-time mum I was naturally unsure about what to expect from birth. But Emily, from the word go, made me feel relaxed and in control. No question was ever silly and I knew I was in safe hands. I had a great pregnancy and even when my daughter decided to arrive 8 days late, Emily’s support allowed me to stay calm despite being huge and uncomfortable in the middle of a heat wave! I had some concerns at 40 weeks and the hospital wanted to induce me, but Emily was there to support me. She gave me all …

Kelly, Alex and baby Ottilie

The moment I met Emily, I knew this was going to be a very different birth journey. Emily was my midwife for my third baby. Having the same midwife for every single visit makes such a difference, you really feel like she understands you and your family. Being a working mum of two already, having someone fitting around our needs made everything so much less stressful. I loved that the whole family were involved in Emily’s visits to our home, the children listened to their sister’s heartbeat and were so much part of the pregnancy journey. I’ll never forget them …