As a specialist, caring midwife for over 25 years, Angie has a wide range of experience when it comes to offering services to pregnant women & famililies.

Information Regarding Antenatal Testing

In the UK all women are offered a number of screening tests in pregnancy. Some women feel they need more.

It is important to understand that the initial tests offered to everyone by the NHS are “screening” tests, not “diagnostic” tests. This means that they do not give a definite answer about your baby’s health, instead they are used to try to identify those who are at higher chance of particular conditions so that more specific tests can then be offered.

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Decision making support & counselling

The news that your baby may have a significant health problem is devastating and disorientating.

This can arise at any point in pregnancy, but is most commonly at the time of the routine scans in the first and second trimester.

Sometimes it is possible for the effects of an issue to be predicted with a high degree of certainty, so it may be almost certain that a baby’s life after birth would be very short or very seriously compromised. In other cases, there can be a concern (perhaps about abnormal appearance on an ultrasound scan) but it is not possible to clarify the exact issue or what the effect on the baby’s life might be.

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Considering Termination for Abnormality

If your baby is facing very serious health issues, you may feel that ending the pregnancy is appropriate.

Angie has worked with many families who had never expected to make such a decision, but faced with the specific issues find themselves considering it. Other families feel that they simply could not provide a life for the child that they feel to be “good enough”, or that the level of suffering that could be predicted for their child would be unacceptable.

Angie combines her specialist midwifery and counselling skills to work with you to explore your feelings and beliefs and to confront the very complex moral, ethical and spiritual dilemmas which impact on such decisions. As parents you have to make a huge decision on behalf of your child.

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“Carrying to term” midwifery care

If your baby has been found to have health issues which mean that he/she is unlikely to survive birth, you may have been encouraged to end the pregnancy.

Such a decision is not right for everyone, and you may wish to continue your pregnancy and wait for the natural course of events to unfold. This may, or may not, be informed by faith teachings.

Angie has worked with families who have chosen this path in widely varying circumstances, and believes that with good quality support this can be a positive choice for some families.

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Perinatal Hospice Care

If your baby’s lifetime is expected to be limited by health issues, perinatal hospice is care which starts before birth and informs decisions about care after birth.

It is a concept rather than being a place.

Most people are aware of hospice care for adults, usually associating it with end of life care for people with advanced cancer. Children’s hospices are designed to ensure that short lives are the very best they can be and are places filled with love and laughter as children share precious time with their families. They also provide support to families caring for their children at home.

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“Preparing for difference” midwifery

If you know that your baby is affected by a condition which will profoundly affect their life, perhaps requiring major surgery shortly after birth, Angie offers a continuity of care package to support you and to help you prepare.

NHS provision can often mean that you meet many different midwives during pregnancy, labour and birth. Parents have told Angie that this can feel that they are repeatedly having to explain their situation, and sometimes feel that they know more about their baby’s issues than the midwife does, and that they are supporting her, rather than the midwife supporting them.

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Support for Families Experiencing Stillbirth

You may have found your way to this website after being told that your baby has died before being born. The pain of this is indescribable. 

Or you may be a family member who is searching for a way to help a woman/couple facing this news. Having continuity of care from a specialist midwife with extensive experience of such heartbreaking situations, can make the experience a little more manageable.

Whenever possible, Angie will make herself available to visit you within a few hours of your call. She offers both midwifery care and counselling and has worked within the NHS as a specialist bereavement support midwife.

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Pregnancy After Loss Support Package

If you have experienced the loss of a baby, through miscarriage, termination for abnormality, stillbirth or death after birth, contemplating another pregnancy can be complicated and frightening.

Being pregnant after such an experience has been described to Angie as “walking a tightrope between excitement and joy and extreme fear and panic”.

Angie offers services ranging from one-off pre-pregnancy consultations through to full continuity of care packages for subsequent pregnancies.

Many people seek additional support until they have passed the point in pregnancy when the issue was identified in the previous pregnancy and then return to the usual NHS pathway of care. Others feel that they want an independent midwife to provide continuity throughout their pregnancy and at the birth.

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Areas & Hospitals Angie Covers

East Sussex

Royal Sussex County Hospital

Barry Building, Eastern Rd, Brighton BN2 5BE

Princess Royal Hospital

 Lewes Rd, Haywards Heath RH16 4EX

The Conquest Hospital

The Ridge, Hastings, Saint Leonards-on-sea TN37 7RD

Eastbourne Hospital

Kings Dr, Eastbourne BN21 2UD

 Chesnut Tree House

 Dover Ln, Angmering, Arundel BN18 9PX

West Sussex

Worthing Hospital

Lyndhurst Rd, Worthing BN11 2DH

St Richard’s Hospital

Spitalfield Ln, Chichester PO19 6SE

Princess Royal Hospital

Lewes Rd, Haywards Heath RH16 4EX

Chesnut Tree House

Dover Ln, Angmering, Arundel BN18 9PX

Surrey

St Peters Hospital

Guildford Rd, Lyne, Chertsey KT16 0PZ

Frimley Park Hospital

Portsmouth Rd, Frimley, Camberley GU16 7UJ

Royal Surrey Hospital

Egerton Rd, Guildford GU2 7XX

East Surrey Hospital

Canada Ave, Redhill RH1 5RH

Epsom & St Helier Hospitals

 Dorking Rd, Epsom KT18 7EG

Croydon

Croydon University Hospital

530 London Rd, Thornton Heath CR7 7YE

Shooting Star Hospice

 Shooting Starr House, The Avenue, Hampton TW12 3RA

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