Who we are

We are experienced, dedicated independent midwives, passionate about supporting and empowering women to achieve a positive experience of pregnancy and birth and the early days with a new baby.

 

We want you to feel nurtured, listened to and in control during this special time in your life.

 

Based in Windsor, Riverside Midwives offer care across Berkshire, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, West and South West London.

 

We are fully insured.

Your pregnancy journey and beyond

When you choose Jo and Emily, you are choosing care from experienced midwives dedicated to providing choice, advocacy and guidance throughout your journey.

We will be with you every step of the way, ensuring you enter this new phase of life with positivity, strength and a feeling you can do anything!

With our combined wealth of experience of pregnancy, birth and post birth care, and our extensive knowledge of the NHS and ability to work independently or alongside it, we are positioned to provide the best possible opportunity to facilitate the birth experience of your choice.

We look forward to being by your side through this momentous, life-transforming experience.

Emily

The care I received during my pregnancy and birth with my third son is the reason I am a midwife today.

I was very fortunate to be cared for by the same midwife throughout my pregnancy and birth. I had not experienced this with my previous children and it was wonderful; that is a feeling I will remember for the rest of my life. Seeing the same person at every appointment meant I trusted her, she listened to me and supported me in my choices and I felt safe. She was with me at my birth and after. It was a transformative experience for me, realising that this is how women should be cared for, so I made the decision to become a midwife to be able to offer women the same experience.

I have worked within the NHS in hospitals and the community, but have made the transition to independent midwifery because I strongly believe every woman should be able to choose where and how she gives birth, supported by the same midwife throughout.

I am a Hypnobirthing instructor. I am qualified to use aromatherapy and acupressure during pregnancy and labour and to carry out the Examination of the Newborn. I am also a baby massage practitioner.

In my spare time, I enjoy running and spending time with my husband, three teenage sons – Tom, Max and Ollie, and our little dog Lola.

Jo

My mother says she knew I was going to be a midwife when I was only 2 and stopped a woman in the street to show her my doll: “Look at my baby, she’s just newborn”.

I told my primary school teacher I was going to be a midwife, and I have never looked back.

I worked in the NHS before taking time out to have my own two children, Hugo and Tara. However, even when I wasn’t actively working as a midwife, I still called myself one. Midwifery goes to the core of who I am.

I love being able to honour women’s wishes and facilitate the birth they want. It is such a joy to be able to watch each birth unfold and not only witness a baby being born, but a mother too.

I have a brilliantly understanding and flexible husband who is unfazed by me disappearing in the middle of the night and returning in need of some home cooked food and sleep!

In my spare time, I like walking, travelling and spending time as a family.

Knowledge is power.

 

Information gives you strength.

 

Wisdom is knowing where to get the right knowledge and information.

Every birth is different.

Every baby is different.

Every mother has a different experience of both.

We know that choosing the people you want on hand to help guide you through such a deeply personal, transformative and significant event is a big decision.

You can put your faith in us

Whether you are experiencing birth for the first or fifth time, however and wherever you plan to give birth – we offer calm and considered continuity of care from the start of your journey, through to the arrival of your little one and beyond. Our independent, continuous care allows us to build strong, trusting relationships with the women we support.

“Whenever and however you intend to give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body and your spirit for the rest of your life.”

Ina May Gaskin