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The faces behind www.midwivesonline.com

Catharine Parker-Littler, midwife and founder of www.midwivesonline.com   Catharine Parker-Littler, midwife and founder of www.midwivesonline.com
With over 20 years experience of working with the UK NHS, Catharine Parker-Littler also has extensive research and training experience in the areas of pregnancy and birth. Her career has also included time spent as a practising midwife in Africa. Catharine initially developed midwivesonline as a midwifery-led, one-stop information portal for midwives and related healthcare professionals to access the latest scientific evidence, job vacancies, courses & conferences, info for 'wannabe midwives' and the latest product innovations, all to support career development. However, concerned at the lack of midwifery-led, quality information for parents on the Internet Catharine used her professional experience to develop the 'For Parents' section of midwivesonline.com inviting parents to access information relevant to their experience during pregnancy, birth and the post-natal period.

Teresa Fleming, administrator
Behind the scenes, Teresa, our administrator extraordinaire ensures the smooth running of operations at HQ in Bradford. Her work includes regular contact with advertisers, midwives and parents using the site, as well as keeping our paperwork and accounts up to date. She also oversees projects such as Baby Shows and conferences which the team attend to promote the websites and meet parents.
  Teresa Fleming, administrator

Diane Jones, midwife   Diane Jones, midwife (UK Services)
Diane has been a midwife for 10 years. Her area of expertise lies in promoting both a woman centred midwifery led care philosophy. She currently leads on public health and health inequalities in an inner city area of London. Diane has had a range of publications related to her specialist areas. She is keen to promote informed choice for women based on the best available evidence.

Joanne Daubeney, midwife (UK Services)
Jo has a dual role working as a Specialist midwife in Substance Misuse for most of the week but is also the Teenage Pregnancy Link midwife one day a week. She has been a fully rotational hospital midwife for over 15 years before that. Jo is well aware of the variety of pressures & choices facing women and believes in advocating patient choice, based on both her professional and personal experiences of maternity services. Life is always busy and varied, trying to balance family life (3 boys, my husband and a dog) and her career.
  Joanne Daubeney, midwife

Linda Stirling,  Health visitor - Specialist in Public Health / Health Visiting   Linda Stirling, Health visitor - Specialist in Public Health / Health Visiting (UK Services)
I am a happily married mother of three, so I have a good understanding of the trials and tribulations experienced by families. I currently work in Staffordshire within a dedicated team of health visitors. My special interests include managing childrens behaviour; minor ailments; post natal depression and childhood obesity. I believe in the importance of a healthy family life and receive great pleasure from assisting families to gain a healthy life balance. As a health visitor, I feel privileged to be able to go into a parent's home and offer them advice on the health and wellbeing of their child.

Helen Chapman, midwife (UK Services)
Helen Chapman lives in Greater London and currently works as a Specialist Midwife at Queen Charlottes and Chelsea Hospital, in the Day Assessment Unit and Maternal Medicine Clinic. Helen is particularly interested in ensuring that high-risk women have the most normal maternity experience that they can achieve. Helen also has experience of clinical research and bereavement care. When Helen is not being a midwife she has a busy life with her partner and four children, all enjoying camping, walking, cycling, the opera and ballet.
  Helen Chapman, midwife

Sue Fenwick, midwife   Sue Fenwick, midwife (UK Services)
Sue qualified as a midwife in (1996) graduating with a first class BSc (Hons) in Midwifery from Bournemouth University. She also has a BA in Social Sciences from the Open University. Sue has spent most of her working life as a midwife with Salisbury NHS Trust. Her special interests are antenatal day assessment, clinical audit and midwifery research. She has recently completed a Master of Philosophy Research Degree on women's experience of a caesarean section. Sue has three adult children Adrian, Helen and Sarah. Sue enjoys foreign travel with her husband Matt.

Dawn Lewis, midwife (UK Services)
Dawn qualified as a midwife in 1997 and has worked across the West Midlands in a variety of settings within the NHS both in hospital, community and strategic planning settings. Previously she has also worked as a nurse within sexual health services. Professional interests include teenage pregnancy, health promotion and woman centred care, together with the use of information technology to improve health care. Dawn is currently working as a Health Co-ordinator for Children’s Centres within the West Midlands, forging links between the centres, Midwives, Health Visitors and other health professionals and the provision of training and education within maternal and child health for the Children’s Centres staff. Dawn is maintaining practical midwifery skills by working occasional shifts at a local maternity unit.
  Dawn Lewis, midwife

Caroline Booton, student midwife   Caroline Booton, student midwife (UK Services)
Caroline is a third year student midwife at the University of Bradford. Before embarking on her training, Caroline was a primary school teacher and also taught English in Spain. She has two children. Caroline is interested in the internet as a potential learning resource and spent an elective placement at midwivesonline, developing a ‘one stop’ for information, links and support for student midwives. She’s currently using some of those essential links to write her final year dissertation.

Syed Zeeshan Ali, Applications Developer
Syed completed his B.E. in Computer Systems from NED University in Pakistan and worked at NED University as IT Manager for around two and half years. He than moved to the UK and has just completed an MSc in Mobile Computing at Leeds Metropolitan University. He has been involved in different types of projects ranging from computer networks to software development.
  Syed Zeeshan Ali, Applications Developer

Julie Scott, midwife   Julie Scott, midwife (UK Services)
Julie has been practising as a Midwife for 19 years now. She trained in Hertfordshire and completed her ADM in Sheffield. She currently works part time in an NHS Trust Maternity Unit, mainly based on Delivery Suite. Julie has great interest, and enthusiasm, in the use of water in labour, and helping women achieve the birth they hope for. She has been part time since having her 3 children Chris, Rachel and Robert. They all share a great passion for football, and spend a lot of time going up and down the Motorway to watch Liverpool play. When Julie has a bit of spare time she loves to read, listen to music, walk, bike and swim.

Frances Byatt-Smith, health visitor (UK Services)
Frances is a health visitor with over twenty years experience and is working part-time in an NHS Community Health Partnership in Scotland. She has a particular interest in helping parents to have a positive experience of parenthood and happy children. She does this throughout her work and in delivering positive parenting programmes. Part of her role as a health visitor is a parenting coordinator in her locality. As well as delivering community-parenting programmes, she trains facilitators to deliver the programmes She is also a qualified specialist practice supervisor for public health/health visiting students. Following graduation as a Health Visitor she studied with the Open University and gained an honors degree in psychology in 1993. Frances is married and has a twenty-year-old son. Her interests include cookery, travel, gardening and art.
  Frances Byatt-Smith, health visitor

Gill Martin, pre-school educator   Gill Martin, pre-school educator (UK Services)
Gill trained to be a teacher in London and spent the first 4 years teaching in an upper school in Lancashire. For the past 6 years she has been the Foundation Stage Coordinator managing teachers, nursery nurses and children aged 3 to 5 years in an inner city school in Bradford, West Yorkshire. Gill have been married to Phil for over 30 years and they have two married children. When her children were born Gill happily became a stay at home Mum for 11 years and when she returned to teaching it was in the Primary sector.

Angela Davy, health visitor and new mum (UK Services)
A qualified Nurse and Midwife before she became a Health Visitor. Angela also teaches Massage, Yoga and Swimming for babies whilst undertaking an MA in Infant Mental Health.
  Angela Davy, health visitor and new mum

Deborah Caine, midwife   Deborah Caine, midwife (UK Services)
Deborah has been a midwife for nearly 7 years. She is currently a community midwife responsible for a caseload of women. She has several years’ experience of working in many of the busy hospitals in London. She is particularly concerned with providing good quality women-centred care before, during and after birth, recognising that the experience of childbirth can have a long lasting effect on many other aspects of women’s lives. She is also interested in midwifery-orientated research and is near to completing a Masters degree in Health Sciences.

Mary Goodchild, midwife (UK Services)
Mary has worked as a midwife for 15 years with occasional breaks in her career for children and further study. Over the last 6 years of her midwifery practice, Mary has specialised in fetal medicine in a regional referral unit in the north west of England. Here, she worked closely with consultants to monitor high risk pregnancies, carry out investigations and provide information and support. Her excellent clinical skills as well as her warm sensitive approach and proven academic ability enabled her to provide a very high standard of clinical care for childbearing women. Mary has taken a break from midwifery and has completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. She has 2 years experience of counselling in a Primary Care Health Centre and she now provides counselling in a hospital setting for women and their partners who have suffered loss or trauma in pregnancy. She is currently undertaking a certificate in body massage and hopes to incorporate this within a stress management programme. Mary is affiliated with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. She is married with 2 children and enjoys running, dancing and reading.
  Mary Goodchild, midwife

Emma Whapples, midwife   Emma Whapples, midwife (UK Services)
Emma has been a Midwife since 1998 and prior to qualifying, self funded a placement in the Philippines to witness midwifery and healthcare practices in a delevoping country. She has worked in a variety of public and private sector hospitals, and specialised in delivery suite, becoming a delivery suite Co-ordinator 3 1/2 years ago. Her interests include promoting normal birth and waterbirths, whereby she is an Aquabirth Committee member. They pride themselves in providing women who have had previous caesarean sections the opportunity to deliver in the birthing pool using an underwater CTG monitor. Emma is also competent and confident in emergency situations and enjoy teaching 'skills drills' as a practice run to Midwives, Doctors and Students.

Tamsin Oxenham, midwife (UK Services)
Tamsin has 12 years experience as a midwife, having worked in both hospital, community and integrated settings, having a wide experience of home births and waterbirths. She graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Professional Practice in Midwifery from Middlesex University in 2003, and is committed to evidence-based practice. Tamsin is a currently working part-time based on a busy NHS labour ward, promoting normality in pregnancy and birth as is possible for those with high, or low, risk pregnancies in a woman centred, midwifery-led setting. Tamsin leads a busy and varied life with her husband and 2 children trying to fit in camping, swimming, cycling, walking and gardening.
  Tamsin Oxenham, midwife

Claire Elsam, midwife   Claire Elsam, midwife (UK Services)
Claire has been practising as a Midwife for over 10 years in both hospital and community settings within the NHS. She has worked in both high and low risk units and gained a huge variety of experience. She is currently working full time as labour ward co-ordinator and bereavement support midwife. Claire feels passionate about her job and feels that midwives only have one chance to make pregnancy, labour and delivery the best possible experience for the whole family. Outside of work she has a keen interest in football, swimming and reading.

Mary Blake, midwife (UK Services)
Mary is a direct entry midwife who completed the 3 year programme with City University, London, in 2005 and has worked at the Royal London Hospital as a midwife on the labour ward and postnatal ward since qualification. She deals with both high and low risk women. Mary has undertaken a Masters in Midwifery and aims to become a university lecturer.
  Mary Blake, midwife

Brenda Docherty, midwife   Brenda Docherty, midwife (UK Services)
Brenda has been a midwife for 19 years and feels that this is truly her vocation. She is mother to 4 grown up children and 2 not so grown up grandchildren and enjoys reading, writing, travel and surfing (the net). She is about to undertake a short course in Aromatherapy for Midwives. In 1998 Brenda was awarded the title of Midwife of the Year by a leading UK mother and baby magazine and was nominated for a similar award in 2004. She is presently enrolled in a distance learning course with the Writers Bureau College of Journalism.

Anne Thysse, midwife (UK Services)
Anne trained as a nurse and midwife in Bristol and Bath and spent some time in the NHS in a variety of areas before setting off with a single suitcase on a supposed “one – year” nursing contract in South Africa. By the time she returned nearly 20 years later she had acquired a husband, 3 children, a container load of household goods and had practised as a midwife and gave independent ante-natal classes in both big city and very rural Botswana. Anne’s broad range of NHS experience now includes working on busy labour wards, setting up and leading a case-loading team, specialising in home births and water-births. To improve her knowledge base Anne gained an MA in Midwifery practice and has recently become a Supervisor of Midwives. In her current role as Practice Development Midwife she runs many different training sessions, including promoting breastfeeding and normality particularly in the high risk setting and drills & skills.
  Anne Thysse, midwife

Maranda Kerr,  Health Visitor   Maranda Kerr, Health Visitor (UK Services)
I have been a health visitor for nearly twenty five years now. I enjoy my work especially in the arena of preventing ill health and promoting good health. The main bulk of my work is home visiting and it is a privilege to be invited into someone's home to communicate and support them in their hour of need. My advice is based on research findings. I keep my knowledge up-to-date by attending training and lectures and also reading the relevant government documents and journals. Over the years I have embraced new changes and ideas and I have imparted my knowledge to my colleagues and families. I am approachable, considerate, and non-judgemental.

Lynne Harper, Health Visitor (UK Services)
Lynne has 20 years experience as a nurse, paediatric nurse and Health Visitor. She qualified as a Health Visitor in 2003. Her interests include, working with the whole family, prevention and early detection of ill health and postnatal depression. Lynne also has a role as a link health Visitor for a lead in Quality Improvement Plans. She has an interest in Quality improvement Plans as they help improve the quality of services for the 0-19 year olds and their families. They help to reduce inequalities and prevent social exclusion. Tackling public health priorities such as reducing teenage pregnancy, obesity, smoking, alcohol, drugs and accident prevention are important when looking at quality improvement plans. Lynne lives with her husband and two children in West Yorkshire and she enjoys going to the gym and socializing with friends and family.
  Lynne Harper,  Health Visitor

Jan Trezise,  Health visitor   Jan Trezise, Health visitor (UK Services)
Jan gained her Specialist Community Practitioner Degree in 2004 and currently works as a Health Visitor in the very far north of Scotland - a very rural area which has its own unique problems related to isolation and loneliness. She is an advocate for breastfeeding and particularly enjoys supporting those women who have chosen to feed their babies in this way and has recently completed a WHO/UNICEF course in breastfeeding management. Jan also enjoys supporting families whose children present with behavioural problems and has experience in the use of both the Webster-Stratton Incredible Years and Positive Parenting programmes.

Rebecca Hunt, Midwife (UK Services)
My name is Rebecca Hunt, I qualified as a Midwife in March 2000 after doing my training in Sheffield, I have worked at 2 consultant units and have gained a lot of experience in high risk antenatal, postnatal and intrapartum care, but presently I am working at the low risk Midwifery Led Unit in Lichfield, staffordshire.

My Main interests are low risk midwifery and water births, and I am due to commence a course in aromatherapy in September 2009.
I am married to my husband John and I have been part time since having my 2 boys Henry and William.

In my spare time we enjoy as a family boating and water skiing.
  Rebecca Hunt, Midwife

Clare Hughes, Health visitor   Clare Hughes, Health visitor (UK Services)

Clare began her nursing career, fifteen years ago, at Alderhey Childrens Hosptal in Liverpool, she returned to the West Midlands and worked as a peadiatric staff nurse at the Dudley Group of Hospitals, where is specialised in paediatric asthma managment. She then trained to become a Health Visitor, which she throughly enjoys. She works in Dudley in an area with families from all backgrounds and provides support to parents/carers on how to improve their health and well-being and that of their children. She has interests in breastfeeding, mental health, public health and she is a qualified massage instructor.

Clare has recenlty been appointed clinical lead for health visiting, and is enjoying this challenging role.

Clare enjoys the gym. walking, reading, socialising, and holistic therapies.

Denise Austin, Midwife (UK Services)

I have been a qualified midwife for over 20 years and at present I am working in a stand alone midwifery led unit in Lichfield Staffordshire. I mentor student midwives and I am developing this link by being involved at the University of Wolverhampton as a clinical midwife.
My interests are in holistic care of which reflexology is one treatment that I enjoy giving to pregnant women.
I have developed my own teaching package for reflexology and wellbeing which I use when giving talks to various groups ranging from primary schools to W.I. (womens institute ).
I am married to Richard and have two grown up children Simon and Sarah.In my spare time I love learning new holistic therapies.

  Denise Austin,  Midwife

EA DICK. BSc. RGN. RM. Complementary Therapist. Diploma in Clinical Aromatherapy, Diploma in Reflexology. Reiki Master.HypnoBirthing®Practitioner.   EA DICK. BSc. RGN. RM. Complementary Therapist. Diploma in Clinical Aromatherapy, Diploma in Reflexology. Reiki Master.HypnoBirthing®Practitioner. (UK Services)

Supervisor Of Midwife.
Midwife, Southern General Maternity Unit, Glasgow. (15yrs). Student Liaison Midwife and Representative on the student mentorship forum group. Representative on the board of education at Glasgow Caledonian University.

I have been a midwife in Glasgow for 15 years, and a Supervisor of midwives for 3 years. I work in a large teaching hospital, and I am very involved in student midwifery education and development. I am a representative on the board of education at Glasgow Caledonian University and also a representative on the mentorship forum group. I provide a high standard of care to all women and to their partners, in all aspects of birthing.

My main interests are Complementary Therapies and a HypnoBirthing®Practitioner, which I utilise within my current practice as a midwife and also as a therapist. I am currently studying for a baby massage teaching certificate.

Sarah Fleming, Midwife (UK Services)

Sarah qualified as a midwife in 1995 and has worked both in hospital and community settings.
For the past seven years, she has specialised in caring for women and their families who have lost a baby – through miscarriage, termination, stillbirth or neonatal death.
Sarah also works as part of a team supporting women with postnatal depression, and their families.

  Sarah Fleming, Midwife

Heidi Wright, Specialist Practitioner in Public Health / Health Visitor   Heidi Wright, Specialist Practitioner in Public Health / Health Visitor (UK Services)

Specialist Practitioner in Public Health / Health Visitor
Heidi has held various roles since qualifying as a Specialist Practitioner in Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting). Her experience within the NHS has mostly been within the community field working as a District Nurse, Health Visitor, Public Health Nurse Specialist and held lead Nurse roles. She has also worked as a Lecturer in Community Nursing, Public/Child Health at a number of Universities and continues to lecture with the Open University and the Royal College of Nursing on various modules. Heidi recently completed her phD, which looked at the Health and Educational effects of providing drinking water to children in schools. The government were keen to take on the findings which Heidi presented to the Health Minister Rosie Winterton at the House of Commons in July 2004. Heidi is very excited to be given the opportunity to help and support parents in this innovative and much needed format.

Clare Priest, BSc Exercise, Nutrition & Health (UK Services)

I am currently studying at University of Central Lancashire in Preston and have just finished my second year.
During last year I worked at Wigan Warriors Rugby Club both pre-season and throughout the playing season which involved helping to create personal diet plans each week for selected players.
I have also recently provided nutrition advice for mixed martial arts fighters and boxers via www.like2fight.com
Next year after I graduate, I am planning to do an MSc in Human Nutrition and Dietetics in order to register with the Health Professions Council (HPC) and become a Dietician.
  Clare Priest, BSc Exercise, Nutrition & Health

Diana Davidson, Health Visitor   Diana Davidson, Health Visitor (UK Services)

I have 16 years experience as a Nurse, Midwife and Health Visitor. I qualified as Health Visitor 2001 and work as a Specialist Practice Teacher/Health Visitor for four years. I enjoy supporting student Health Visitors in clinical practice.

I am interested in promoting and sustaining breastfeeding in the community and as La League Breastfeeding Peer Counsellor, I facilitate the training for Peer-Support Counsellors and following completion of the training they are offered supervision. I am also a Lead Health Visitor of a Community Breastfeeding group. I am keen to expand my experience and I am to attend the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative Course - Train the Trainer course, following completion of the course and I am to facilitate in-service training for the staff.

My current caseload is in an area of deprivation and I enjoy the challenges of working with families and children who have complex needs.

Nicola Joseph, Health Visitor (UK Services)

Nicola is a paediatric nurse and for the last six years has worked as a Health Visitor. She is married with a nine year old daughter.

Nicola works exclusively in community settings and devotes her time to working with families, with the specific aim of promoting healthy lifestyles and enhancing the emotional, physical and mental well-being of as many people as possible. She set up her independent health visiting service in 2007, www.independenthealthvisitor.com , and divides her time between the NHS and working independently to offer extra support to parents and families.

Nicola has recently finished a course in baby massage, and offers this to clients on a one to one or group basis.

  Nicola Joseph, Health Visitor

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