'Babies are such a nice way to start a person'
I contacted Debbie when my second child was 3 weeks old. The first two weeks he was an easy baby and then he stopped sleeping and became permanently fractious. After three nights in a row of no sleep for either of us and an unhappy little boy who I couldn't placate I was struggling to know what was best and worried things would continue to go downhill. Especially as there is so much conflicting advice out there. Debbie asked lots of questions over the phone and came to see me that day. She gave me specific instructions on what to do and additional hints and tips to help me achieve our planned approach. I wouldn't have believed it if you told me but from that afternoon my son was a changed baby. Any signs of colic disappeared, he was contented when awake, fell asleep easily and for a long time and fed every four hours and even longer at night. From that night onwards I've only had to wake to feed once a night. Getting sufficient sleep has made an enormous difference but just as important is what a contented little baby I have again. After Debbie left we kept in contact by text for the first few days, me keeping her updated of progress, asking for advice and guidance etc and it was invaluable knowing she was there to help if things cropped up. I then saw Debbie for a follow up session after three days and we covered any residual queries or issues. When you speak to Debbie what is clear is her passion for helping people and her desire to ensure that mothers receive the support and care they need and deserve. It's obviously more than just a job to her. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her and feel fortunate to have had her recommended to me.
Becoming parents for the first time, my husband and I were excited yet anxious about how we would cope with all the demands that a newborn brings. However, when we met Debbie and started working with her, we no longer felt overwhelmed. With an emphasis on structure and routine our baby girl thrived. Debbie is such a warm and enthusiastic person, we immediately felt at ease with her and enjoyed learning new and wonderful things about our child. Debbie is someone who is passionate about her work and her clients and we highly recommend her to anyone taking their first steps into parenthood.
Amelia, Andrew, Abigail & Boris
As a result of both my partner and I not having family close by, we decided to utilise Debbie's midwife services.
Our main objective was to create a routine of feeding and sleeping to provide structure and 'a new normal'. Not only did Debbie achieve this very quickly, she provided full support and advice on all matters relating to living with a newborn such as bathing, breastfeeding, dealing with crying, weight gain etc.
Debbie's at-home visits were never rushed and she always had a calming effect with care provided to each of us individually and it was reassuring to know she was just a phone call away during the days between visits.
Debbie's services were the best investment we made for our new family and left us feeling in control for the journey ahead.
AH from Esher
Although we were over the moon with our little boy, because we had no prior experience of looking after a baby, and family unable to help, we were rather daunted about bringing him home from hospital! Debbie calmly, kindly, and with humour, guided us through the initial weeks, and the knowledge and advice that she shared with us was invaluable. She was always quick to respond to any of our queries outside of her visits too. She helped to give us confidence as new parents, and started our little boy off on a routine under which he has blossomed ever since; he is known by our NCT group as the 'angel baby!' We will always be so grateful to her.
Despite having problems with breastfeeding initially and feeling like giving up many times, I went on to successfully breastfeed my son for 10months. I know I would not have been able to do this without Debbie's patient guidance and support. I am now pregnant with my second baby and did not hesitate in contacting Debbie to book private ante and postnatal care with her. For me, the peace of mind is priceless.
Claire & Paul Blackwell
Debbie was our midwife for the birth of our son in 2004 and for ante and post natal check ups for our daughter in 2007. She was unbelievably supportive and without her I don’t know how we would have coped. She really made our experience special and with her excellent skills and knowledge she really helped us make the best decisions. We would have no hesitation recommending her as the best midwife we have ever met!
Parneeta & Duncan Davies
Using Debbie as our midwife was one of the best decisions we made for the arrival of our daughter Amelia. Not only were we provided with excellent professional continuity of care but a personalised service that enable us to relax with our daughter from day one.
The daily structure implemented with Debbie, including her techniques for handling a new born baby, were instrumental in the establishment of an early routine for Amelia. This meant from her second week she had over six hours of uninterrupted sleep each night; this has continued.
Debbie’s support was available whenever we needed it, whether this was over the phone or in our house - her friendly approach and experience really helped us and our new family get off to a great start.
Jo, Jon, Aidan & Leo Hall
Debbie was so warm and welcoming the first time I met her; I felt like I had known her for years. Postnatally, she was amazing, I had complications and she worked with me for about 10 weeks making sure I was ok and helping me out with feeding my son who was very difficult. She was concerned with what was best for the both of us. Debbie was so dedicated to her job as a midwife and I thought of her as more of a friend by the time she stopped visiting us. I was sad to say goodbye to her.
Nicky, Lee, Jay, Lauren and Laila
I was so lucky to have Debbie look after me with my second and third pregnancy; I could not have wished for a better midwife, she was so dedicated, kind and caring and I felt comfortable to ask her anything. I was so anxious but with her support and knowledge I felt reassured and even went on to deliver my third baby at home with Debbie. My daughters now know Debbie too (she came to their Christenings) and I know we will always stay in touch.
Debbie was my midwife on both occassions – she made me feel at ease right away and as a working Mum with not much time (always late for appointments) she never added to my stress and went at my pace which was fast. Allowing for this she made sure I understood when it was time to take a breather or not to be too hard on myself. Always reassuring but if you had a doubt or problem would follow it through to give me the answer and peace of mind. It was good to have someone on hand who knew me rather than being a name on a piece of paper at this incredibly important time in my life.