meet the midwives
We are all experienced NHS midwives currently practicing in all areas of midwifery, including antenatal care, birth, and life with a newborn. We are passionate about pregnancy and birth, and feel privileged to be part of this process as midwives.
Vicky has passion for teaching that was inspired through working as community midwife in a local case-loading team. She championed individualised care, working with families through their pregnancy, and caring for them during labour and the first few weeks with their new babies. Through her personalised work with each family, Vicky has seen first-hand how parents benefit from building a relationship and trust with a midwife. The vision for The Group is to provide this opportunity to everyone through the antenatal classes, and enabling those on our courses to obtain information straight from the midwives as they share our knowledge.
Vicky is passionate about preparing parents-to-be for both birth, and life as new parents. Becoming a parent is a beautiful experience, something that Vicky has recently experienced with the arrival of Pia, but at times it can be daunting. Vicky’s midwifery experience, and that of being a new parent, has driven her ambition to create courses that fully prepare parents-to-be for this wonderful and life changing experience. Vicky also hopes to expand your support network and foster lasting friendships along the way.
Vicky was born and bred in South London and never wants to leave. Her main passion is being a midwife, and she loves meeting new people and hearing their stories. One of her own, most cherished stories, is when she helped her sister to birth her wonderful daughter, Penelope. Vicky had her daughter Pia in 2017, and is juggling mummy life with running The Group, and working as a community midwife in Beckenham. She recently moved from Crystal Palace to a family home in West Wickham, which she hopes to fill with more little people! Vicky certainly has the Colombian spirit from her mother, always offering infectious energy and a warm welcome.
Rachel and her husband moved to East Dulwich whilst pregnant with their daughter Imogen, who was born after an induction at King’s College Hospital in November 2014. Their son, Oliver, followed closely behind, born at home in August 2016. Vicky and provided much of Rachel’s care, with Vicky on hand to scoop Oliver out of the pool as he arrived into the world.
A bit of a neat freak, with a love of calm, Rachel has found the chaos of having “2 under 2” a real challenge! Both as a midwife and a mum, she has lots of tips for parents expecting baby number 2, or for those in the early weeks with a new baby. Rachel has worked as a community caseload and labour ward midwife, as well as in audit and quality improvement.
Prior to becoming a midwife, she graduated from the University of Sussex with an MSc in Health Psychology, with a special interest in traumatic birth and women’s mental health after childbirth. Rachel is also a baby-wearing consultant, with classes and one-on-one consultations available at London Slings.
Polly moved to London from the Midlands in 2010 to complete her midwifery training and has since made the city her home. When she’s not out buying new houseplants to fill her home, she is dashing off to spend time with her family, especially her cheeky little nephews.
She has worked in hospitals for over ten years in a variety of roles, starting out as a community midwife in a case-loading team alongside Vicky, and has fond memories of driving to home-births at all hours. For the last few years, Polly has worked as a specialist midwife, caring for women with more complex pregnancies. Her aim in her both her work, and her approach to teaching for The Group, is to provide normality and positivity for parents-to-be who may require more medical input.
Polly run the weekend first time parents course in Herne Hill.
Rebecca grew up in the Wiltshire countryside but has now settled down in South London. Rebecca loves surrounding herself with her friends and family, if she isn’t found ‘brunching’ in Brixton, or sipping espresso martinis on Lordship Lane, she is working as a midwife on a busy birthing unit.
Rebecca has a true passion for midwifery. Her bubbly and outgoing personality means she builds a rapport easily with everyone she meets, and this reflects in her approach to midwifery care, where she strives to bring positivity to every single birth. Rebecca has a special interest in promoting a Positive Birth experience through her teaching, and promoting normality and personalised care for all families, no matter whether they are experiencing a straight forward, or a more complex pregnancy.
Rebecca runs the first time parent group in Herne Hill.
True to her south London roots, Nathalie loves working and caring for families in the community that she grew up in. Having been a caseloading midwife for nearly a decade she has been privileged enough to support many couples throughout their pregnancies, labours and the first weeks of parenthood. Her ability to use her midwifery and hypnobirthing skills to support friends and family throughout this journey has been a highlight. The icing on the cake was becoming a mother herself in 2018 to a beautiful baby boy, surrounded by amazing midwives and family.
Nathalie loves nothing more than finding hidden treasure in a good old fashion car boot sale, flea market or charity shop and on occasion, (much to her partner’s dismay) the side of the street! She can often be found hard at work on some interior upcycling project. Having her extended family on her doorstep means that Nathalie enjoys plenty of down time just relaxing, eating and laughing with her incredible family.
Nathalie runs the East Dulwich first time parents group on Wednesday evenings.