Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Midwives go private with tailor-made service

FOUR women have started a business providing tailor-made antenatal and postnatal care.

FOUR women have started a business providing tailor-made antenatal and postnatal care.

Henley Birthcare has been set up by midwives Rebecca Watson, who lives in the town, and Rachel Fitz-Desorgher, from Earley. They have joined forces with midwife and pilates trainer Jules Woodall and doula Karen Mitchell to offer a comprehensive service.

Clients can book appointments at a clinic or their own home at a time which suits them, including during evenings and weekends. The same midwife will see them throughout pregnancy and postnatally.

Mrs Fitz-Desorgher, who was a community midwife in Goring and Woodcote before going private, said: “We have all worked in and around Henley for years and because of that we know this is something that is needed. Quite a lot of women who are working long hours in the City can’t access their GPs during normal opening hours. Equally, women complain bitterly that they do not see their community midwife in their community or their home, which is something that we provide.”

Mrs Fitz-Desorgher is an active birth teacher, an infant feeding consultant and parenting consultant while Ms Watson is a trained masseuse specialising in baby massage.

Mrs Fitz-Desorgher said: “Women can have all their midwifery care taken care of but also have regular personal training or a monthly massage with someone who is a qualified midwife.

“All the people we have employed are professional and only provide the very best care. As we are not offering home birth, our prices are extremely competitive compared with an independent midwife who very much weights the cost of their service accordingly.”

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