Frequently Asked Questions

What is a private midwife?

Private, or independent midwives, are fully insured midwives, legally registered with the same qualifications as our NHS colleagues, but we choose to work outside of the structure of the NHS. We are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and legally obligated to declare our practice in the same ways as midwives who work in the NHS.

Why should I choose a private midwifery care?

As a private midwife I am afforded the time to dedicate to you and your family, building a relationship and trust that helps you feel confident in your journey. I educate both you and your partner as individuals - focusing on your specific needs. Sadly, the NHS maternity system currently struggles with time and resource constraints, which leads to feelings of disappointment for all involved within maternity care. Independent midwifery aims to ensure that birthing choices sit with the woman and her support network through education and knowledge. I can also guarantee access to your wishes for a homebirth. Research shows that families who receive individualised care with a trusted healthcare professional results in safer outcomes for those women and their babies. You can read more here;

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Do we need to pay the full investment for our midwife care package upfront?

No you don't! We require non-refundable £2000 deposit at the point of booking with My Yorkshire Midwife. Flexible payment plan options can be discussed on an individual basis. 80% of the balance is required to be paid by 36 weeks of pregnancy with the remainder due by the end of the postnatal care period. Credit card payments can be facilitated - get in touch for more details.

Refund Policy

Due to the nature of pregnancy and birth being somewhat unpredictable the following should be noted;

  1. A refund will not be provided should your baby be born before the arrival of your on call midwife

  2. A refund will not be provided should your baby be born before the commencement of your agreed on call period

  3. A refund will not be made should we deem it necessary to transfer your care to the hospital setting during labour and birth.

  4. A refund amount will be agreed between both parties to cover care received in the exceptional cases of miscarriage or extremely premature birth.

Cancellation Policy

We appreciate that occasions arise which necessitate clients/companies cancelling their bookings due to unforeseen circumstances and we therefore try to be flexible in our approach to each individual case. Obviously, we are affected by cancellations financially. All deposits are therefore non refundable. All payments that are made towards an agreed payment plan are non refundable.

What about screening tests?

You will be offered screening tests (such as scans and bloods) via the NHS booking hospital of choice.

We are also able to signpost to further testing should this be your preference. If you wish to avoid NHS involvement we can work around this at an added cost for screening and blood tests.

At what gestation should we start the calm birth preparation programme?

When would you like to start? You may want to start as soon as you find out you are pregnant if you have many worries about the pregnancy. You may want to come later on in pregnancy if you have only just heard about hypnobirthing.
Most couples come between 25 and 36 weeks of pregnancy, but it is entirely up to you.
Please give us a call and we can discuss this in more detail.

What's included with the calm birth preparation programme?

You will receive a copy of the parents pack which accompanies the course, along with digital downloads of relaxation scripts recorded to use at home.
You will also receive a lovely goody bag with lots of essential items to aid relaxation and preparation. And of course - 10 hours of empowering hypnobirth guidance.

Can we do a short course?

We don't usually recommended this, however, we can prepare an intensive private course if necessary. The course is a complete birth preparation programme and all parts are essential to ensure that you have the best possible opportunity to have a positive birth experience.
We offer a refresher course if you have used a hypnobirthing method for a previous pregnancy. Please contact us for further information on an intensive or refresher course to suit your individual needs.

Can we join in digitally?

Yes! Of course! We want you to feel comfortable and help you to achieve a calm and comfortable birth wherever you are in the world! Please get in touch to have a chat.