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About our Midwife-led care

The complete midwife-led delivery (MLD) option at The Portland can be accessed from 10, 20 or 30 weeks during your pregnancy. This option includes all antenatal appointments, ultrasound scans, routinely-required blood tests, midwife-led birth and the first 24 hours stay from admission to hospital.

Our midwives are available 24 hours a day for advice throughout your pregnancy, and within the package you will have a consultation with one of our leading consultant obstetricians who can answer any specific questions you may have.

When the exciting time arrives for your baby to be born, you will be guided through labour and birth by a member of the MLD team. If during your labour or birth an obstetrician is required, rest assured your named consultant will immediately become involved to ensure the safe delivery of your baby and both of your wellbeings.

Following birth, you will be cared for in a private room by a midwife who will be on hand to provide you with invaluable support and advice.

Ellie and Anna Midwife Podcast

Podcast - Things only a midwife can tell you 

As part of HCA UK's Health: Fact vs Fiction podcast series with Anna Richardson, Ellie Cockburn, midwife at The Portland Hospital, discusses all aspects of having a baby, the choices available and how your midwife supports and works with you to help develop the birthing experience you want.

Listen to our Things only a midwife can tell you podcast

Simple steps to midwife-led care

Meet our midwives

Our team of highly experienced midwives are available 24 hours a day for advice during your pregnancy and they will guide you safely through your labour and the birth of your baby. Our midwives provide high quality individual care and will also give advice and support with feeding your baby. To help you plan your own pregnancy journey we offer a free 30 minute meeting with one of our team of midwives. Here are some of the midwives in our team

Midwife Hayley Seale

Hayley Seale

Our Midwife Led Delivery (MLD) Lead Midwife Hayley Seale has over 10 years of midwifery experience from working in the NHS, overseas and the private sector. She is passionate about natural birth and women’s choice in their birth experience, ensuring they are supported in the informed choices they make. Hayley has a broad range of clinical skills acquired from all birth settings, caring for women both low and high risk.

Midwife joanne lescombe

Joanna Lescombe

Joanna came to midwifery later in her life after having her children and a career in retail for 30 years. She started her training in 2006, qualifying in 2010 as a registered midwife, and worked at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Essex until 2013. Joanna has worked within all of the maternity departments at The Portland and finally came to midwife-led delivery in 2015.

Midwife margaret elguerrab

Margaret El Guerrab

Margaret began her career as a Registered General Nurse in Scotland, qualifying as a midwife in 1989, and is very proud to be a 'Simpson Midwife' from the world famous Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion in Edinburgh. She also worked for eight years as a midwife in Cyprus on the British Military bases. Margaret started working as part of the Portland Midwifery Team in 1999, working in a senior role in all midwifery areas.

Midwife Roisin Browne

Roisin Browne

Roisin began nursing in the 1980s and decided to become a midwife after giving birth to her son. She has since worked in all areas of midwifery, including the labour ward, and spent many years on the community team at Whipps Cross Hospital, before moving to Ireland where she continued to work in a busy maternity unit. Roisin joined The Portland in 2013 and was immediately keen to be based in the Midwifery Led Team.

Ellie Cockburn

Ellie Cockburn

Ellie Cockburn is a midwife at The Portland Hospital. She studied to become a midwife at London South Bank University, training at Queens Hospital NHS in Romford whilst completing her course. During her time at Queens Hospital, Ellie worked on all wards, including antenatal, triage, high-risk labour, postnatal, birth centre and maternity high dependency unit. Ellie really values being part of such an intimate time in a woman's life and wanted to take part in HCA UK’s Health Fact vs Fiction podcast series 2 in order to share her knowledge and passion for midwifery and childbirth.

Midwife linda ordish

Linda Ordish

Linda began her career as a registered nurse in East Surrey in 1986, and qualified as a midwife in 1987. She has worked extensively in the NHS, overseas, and within the private sector, joining The Portland Hospital in 2004. She enjoys the variety of working in both midwife-led delivery and the consultant unit, and is passionate about supporting women in their choices for childbirth.

Midwife Matto Sandy

Matto Sandy

Matto has over 5 years experience as a midwife and has also worked abroad in Abu Dhabi for 3 years before joining the Portland. She is passionate about midwifery and enjoys being an advocate for women throughout their pregnancy, ensuring positive outcomes.

Midwife Luzie Elizabeth Schroter

Luzie-Elisabeth Schroter

Luzie qualified as a registered Midwife from Bournemouth University and joined the midwife-led delivery team at The Portland in August 2017. She has previously worked in Maternity units in Dorset, Surrey and London, gaining a valuable cross-section of experience from home births and water births to high risk labour ward care. She is passionate about supporting women and their partners as they start a new chapter in their life as a family.

Midwife Mercy Hansell

Mercy Hansell

Mercy began her career as a general and paediatric nurse in the UK and the Middle East. She qualified as a midwife in 1992. She was part of the nursing team who looked after the first ventilated baby in The Portland Hospital's Special Care Baby Unit in 1984. Mercy's passion for midwifery grew after she had her own children.

Midwife Regina Curran

Regina Frances Curran

Regina started working as a midwife at The Portland Hospital in January 2000, after beginning her nursing career in 1983 and having worked in women’s health since the early 1990s. She has also worked in the NHS as well as overseas in Jeddah, Jersey and Ireland. Regina is a Registered General Nurse and a Registered Midwife and originally trained in Ireland. She was a post graduate at Trinity College in Dublin after gaining her BSc (Hons) from Middlesex University.

Educator Teresa Walsh

Teresa Walsh

Teresa has worked at The Portland Hospital for 5 years. For most of this time she has been the Childbirth Educator – helping women to prepare for a positive birth through antenatal classes. Originally from New Zealand, Teresa gained her Diploma in Childbirth Education in 1992, before fulfilling her lifetime dream on becoming a midwife in 2003 in Limerick, Ireland.

Midwife Pia Ramsay

Pia Ramsay

Pia Ramsay joined The Portland Hospital in 2013 having previously worked at St Mary's and Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals. Pia is a registered midwife and has delivered more than 300 babies during her career.

Midwife Catriona Leigh

Catriona Leigh

Catriona began working at The Portland Hospital in August 2015, joining the Infant Feeding team in March 2016. Previously Catriona worked as a community midwife at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, after initially qualifying at the University of Surrey in 2009. She worked at East Surrey Hospital until 2010 when she joined Darent Valley Hospital, working in all areas of maternity care and as part of a bereavement team.

Midwife margaret mccarthy

Margaret McCarthy

Midwife Vicki Bennett

Vicki Bennett

Midwife Sarah Brinkworth

Sarah Brinkworth

Sarah qualified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2008 and has almost 20 years of experience in NHS and private practice. She started her career as a nurse in 1996 and qualified as a midwife in 2004. She has had the pleasure of working with mums and babies for the past 13 years during which time she has helped thousands of mothers to overcome breastfeeding difficulties.

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Am I eligible for midwife-led delivery?

At The Portland Hospital there is an eligibility criteria for booking care  for mothers-to-be under the Midwifery Led Team. Each woman will be risk assessed throughout the antenatal period, labour and birth and referred to their named Midwife Led Delivery (MLD) consultant should risk factors develop during any of these stages.

The following criteria has been developed with reference to nationally agreed NICE guidelines to ensure the safety of both mother and baby.

Who can book with MLD?

  • Singleton pregnancy
  • Aged between 18-39 years
  • Can be Group B Strep Positive and receive IV Intravenous Antibiotics
  • Cephalic presentation
  • BMI between 18.0-30.0
  • Women with a maximum of 4 previous babies
  • Women with an uncomplicated current and previous pregnancy/ies
  • Gestation no greater than 32 weeks at booking for overseas patients
  • Gestation no greater than 36 weeks at booking for NHS patients with complete records of full AN care
  • Primary well controlled Hypothyroidism accepted

Please note that eligibility for the midwife-led care package is at the discretion of the midwife-led team to ensure the well-being of mother and baby.

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Meet the midwives

Our pregnancy 'Meet the midwives' service gives you and your partner the opportunity to find out more about what options you have for your midwife-led maternity care.

To book an appointment, please call the Midwife-Led Outpatient Service on 0207 390 6344 between 9am and 4pm.  

Contact us

Want to learn more about our midwife-led delivery service or have questions before you book? Contact our maternity enquiry line on:

0207 390 6068
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