maternal health & motherhood from east to west
About Maternal Mattters
As a midwife, I have spent many years being involved with women and families through the journey of pregnancy, birth and those early weeks with their newborn. I have seen motherhood bring joys and tragedies as well as the full spectrum in between.
Now I find the tables turned as I travel that well worn path myself.
This blog is a culmination of all things pertaining to motherhood and maternal health, from a personal through to a global perspective. My hope is that it will inform and inspire.
I qualified as a midwife in 1999, from King’s College London, and over the following ten years, was fortunate to work in some pioneering midwifery settings, including one of the UK’s first stand-alone birth centres and later a caseloading (one-to-one) team. I became increasingly interested in the public health role of the midwife, and went on to complete a master’s degree in public health at the wonderful London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
I am particularly passionate about postnatal care and supporting breastfeeding. I worked as an independent midwife for a few years, which enabled me to give the time and support I felt women deserve after having a baby, and I also set up a breastfeeding support service while working in the NHS which led to significantly increased breastfeeding rates in it’s area. I feel very strongly about improving maternal health globally, and was privileged to spend several years in Afghanistan working on a safe motherhood project and strengthening midwifery.
I am proud to work for Best Beginnings, a fantastic UK charity working to give babies the best start in life, and am a trustee for Women & Children First (UK), a charity working to improve the lives of mothers and newborns in some of the poorest countries in the world. I also blog for Girls Globe, raising awareness of issues for girls and women around the world, so look out for some of my Girls Globe posts re-blogged here!
Last but MOST importantly, I have an amazing husband, a gorgeous little boy and baby girl who bring me joy and inspiration every day and a faith that underpins all I do.