Qualifications & Experience

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Fellow practitioner Sarah Oakley and I at the 2014 UNICEF Conference

I am passionate about supporting families with babies who have tongue-ties. I was a founding member of the Association of Tongue-Tie Practitioners (ATP). I am privileged to have been the first chair, then secretary. I now manage the website and listings. I have been recognised for my contribution and have been made an honorary member of the association.

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Registered Nurse

1990 - 1992

Cambridge and Huntington School of Midwifery

Following qualification I relocated to Bedford and worked in theatres and A&E. Promotion led to a spell in Luton and Dunstable as an intensive care nurse.

Registered Midwife

1992

Bedford School of Midwifery

I practiced midwifery as a community, ward and delivery suite midwife until 2008, including 5 years in a Sure Start Programme, focusing on woman-centred care. Subsequently, I spend 7 years as an Infant Feeding Lead midwife before moving into independent practice.

International Board Certified Lactation Consultation

2010

International Lactation Consultants Association (ILCA)

In 2009 I decided that I needed expertise in my chosen field and I am proud to have earned the accolade of an IBCLC. I re-certified in 2015 and use my wealth of experience and knowledge to support complex feeding issues for breast and bottle fed babies.

Postgraduate Certificate of Supervision of Midwifes

2007

University of Hertfordshire

I have always been passionate in supporting women, partners and their choices and the role of a Supervisor of Midwives empowered me to support families and midwives in practice.

Tongue-Tie Practitioner

2009

I was trained and certified as competent in frenulotomy (division of tongue-tie) under the guidance of Dr Mervin Griffith's team at Southampton General Hospital.

Examination of the Newborn

2013

University of Bedfordshire

This module gave me the necessary skills to undertake the initial examination of the newborn.