January 2017: In unprecedented situation, all the UK’s independent midwives as of January 11 are not currently able to attend their clients at birth, though we hope the matter is resolved swiftly and this can happen again soon. We continue to offer packages including antenatal and postnatal care, and we happily work collaboratively with local doulas. Also, Yorks Storks founder midwife Chris has just retired, which means she can spend antenatal time getting to know you and your birth plan, then attend your birth as a known support person if you wish, as a temporary alternative until the current situation is resolved.
Feburary update: Finally, we are in talks with a local Trust that may be offering a temporary arrangement enabling us to return to birth work! Watch this space…
For more on the current situation, see the press release here from the Independent Midwives UK Network, and “Birthrights Criticises NMC for Independent Midwives decision.” Please follow Yorkshire Storks on facebook and IMUK on twitter and facebook to keep up to date and offer your support so we can get back to offering our support to birthing women all over the UK…
As a team we have longstanding positive liaison in place with local NHS Trusts, so can support you to plan and negotiate the birth you want. So do please get in touch for a chat.
We are experienced midwives offering midwifery care in your home. We provide family centred, evidence based care and information about pregnancy, birth and parenting.
All Yorkshire Storks believe that giving birth is part of a continuum, a life event and that supportive, enabling midwifery helps keep everything normal. 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.
You can book for our services directly as we can liaise with your GP and the NHS maternity service. We offer complete midwifery care from the minute you know you are pregnant to at least six weeks after the birth of your baby. You can see our range of packages here. Even if you have booked with the NHS you can change your mind at any time and easily transfer to us for your care, or you can run your NHS care alongside ours.
No more waiting in Ante Natal Clinic
We can plan your visits around your work or family commitments at times to suit you and your partner. 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 you in time of need, which we hope you find reassuring.
We cover most of Yorkshire and occasionally travel further afield. Just contact us so we can arrange a ‘no obligation’ consultation for a small fee to discuss the services we offer in more detail. We celebrate diversity of all kinds and are LGBTQ-friendly….and Debs from our team has just won the Gentle Parenting Award in the Health Professional Category for 2016, nominated by a woman she’d been supporting this year – we are very proud of her!