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Meet our Midwives

Lesley Gilchrist

Qualified registered midwife who has worked in some of the largest teaching hospitals in Europe. She has extensive experience as a labour ward co-ordinator and as a community midwife, and is now an expert in pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal care with a particular interest in birth trauma.

Lesley featured in the Channel 4 drama documentary One Born Every Minute when she led a team of 12 midwives each night shift in the delivery suite at Leeds General Infirmary. She also appeared as an expert on 1001 Things You Should Know, hosted by Sandy Toksvig.

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery Studies
  • MSc in Clinical Research Methods (the effects and treatment of birth trauma, anxiety and depression)
  • Postgraduate practitioner in newborn examination
  • DipHE Nursing
  • Registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council
  • Registered with Independent Midwives UK
  • Registered KG Hypnobirthing teacher

Karen McEwen

Karen trained as a midwife at The University of Leeds and during her career has worked at numerous hospitals in West Yorkshire.

As well as working in the Delivery Suites, Karen was a founding member of the Leeds Homebirth Team, working to support women and helping to develop midwives’ skills in physiological birth. Her passion lies in homebirths and waterbirths and also supporting women to own their choices in pregnancy and childbirth.

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery Studies
  • MSc in Clinical Research Methods (Freebirthing: Why women choose not to call the midwife)
  • Postgraduate practitioner in newborn examination
  • Registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council
  • Registered KG Hypnobirthing teacher

Sue Trant

Sue started her professional life as a nurse and then moved on to train as a midwife where she worked in both Delivery Suite and as a Community Midwife Sister for many years.

Her love of research also led her to become an expert and a teacher in perineal massage which is an evidence-based practice than can reduce the extent of perineal tearing. What she thrives on is helping parents-to-be on their pregnancy journey and the challenges of adjustment that come with this.

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Combined Nursing Studies
  • MSc in Clinical Research Methods (Barriers to teaching perineal massage)
  • Registered KG Hypnobirthing teacher
  • Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice
  • Counselling
  • Care and Management of persons with AIDS and HIV related conditions
  • Recognition and Management of Substance Misuse
  • Registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council

Malena Monteverde

Malena, is originally from the Canary Islands and is fluent in both Spanish and English. She trained in Nursing at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and studied Midwifery at the University of Leeds. She has worked in some of the busiest hospitals in Europe and has vast experience in caring for women during and after their pregnancy and in helping them safely deliver their babies.

Malena is midway through her Yoga teacher training and has a special interest in holistic wellbeing during pregnancy and early motherhood. Her other interests include breastfeeding, homebirth, aromatherapy.

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery Studies
  • MSc in Clinical Research Methods (the effects and treatment of birth trauma, anxiety and depression)
  • Postgraduate practitioner in newborn examination
  • DipHE Nursing
  • Registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council
  • Registered with Independent Midwives UK
  • Registered KG Hypnobirthing teacher

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What is Vitamin K?

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Birth Partners

Birth Partners

Birth partners are the person or people that you choose to be with you during labour and birth. Over the last few decades it has become the norm to assume that a woman’s partner will be the person to support her and be present during labour and birth, historically...

Postpartum Bleeding

Postpartum Bleeding

Bleeding after the birth of your baby is a little spoken about subject, but every woman, however they give birth will experience postpartum bleeding. This blog will discuss what type of bleeding to expect during this time. Blood loss after childbirth can vary...