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Our team of highly experienced midwives are available 24 hours a day for advice during your pregnancy and they will guide you safely through your labour and the birth of your baby.

Our midwives provide high quality individualised care and will also give advice and support with feeding your baby.

To help you plan your own preganancy journey we offer a free 30 minute meeting with one of our team of midwives.

Here are some of the midwives in our team:

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Hayley Seale Lead Midwife for MLD

Our Midwife Led Delivery (MLD) Lead Midwife Hayley Seale has over 10 years of midwifery experience from working in the NHS, overseas and the private sector. She is passionate about normal birth and women’s choice in their birth experience, and ensuring they are supported in the informed choices they make. Hayley has a broad range of clinical skills acquired from all birth settings, caring for women both low and high risk. She feels privileged to be part of such a special time for families and believes that pregnancy, labour and birth is the most fascinating and magical journey any person can experience.

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Joanna Lescombe Midwife

Joanna came to Midwifery later in her life after having her children and career in retail for 30 years. She started training in 2006 qualifying in 2010 as a registered midwife. She has worked at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Essex until 2013 working mainly in a community team. Joanna has worked within all of the maternity departments at the Portland and finally came to Midwife Led Deivery (MLD) in 2015.

Joanna loves the diversity and flexibility of the department being able to deliver continuity of care to MLD clients through the whole of the pregnancy period.

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Margaret El Guerrab Midwife

Margaret began her career as a Registered General Nurse in Scotland, qualifying as a midwife in 1989 and is very proud to be a 'Simpson Midwife' from the world famous Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion in Edinburgh. She has also spent a total of 8 years working as a midwife in Cyprus on the British Military bases.

Margaret started working as part of the Portland Midwifery Team in 1999 and has worked in a senior role in all midwifery areas.

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Roisin Browne Midwife

Roisin began nursing in the 80s and when she had her own son she then made the decision to become a midwife, after having had a wonderful birthing experince herself and was very impressed with the midwives.

She has since worked in all areas of midwifery, labour ward and has spent many years on the community at Whipps Cross Hospital. Roisin then moved to Ireland where she again worked in a busy maternity unit and in the community there.

Roisin joined the Portland in 2013 and was keen to be based in the Midwifery Led Team as feels the team really support mothers-to-be and their families on their birthing journey.

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Linda Ordish Midwife

Linda began her career as a registerd nurse, in East Surrey, in 1986. She qualified as a midwife in West Sussex, in 1987, and has worked extensively in the NHS, overseas, and within the private sector, joining the Portland in 2004.

She enjoys the variety of working in both MLD and the consultant unit, and is passionate about supporting women in their choices for childbirth.

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Matto Sandy Midwife

Matto has over 5 years experience as a midwife and has also worked abroad in Abu Dhabi for 3 years before joining the Portland. She is passionate about midwifery and enjoys being an advocate for women throughout their pregnancy ensuring positive outcomes.

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Luzie-Elisabeth Schroter Midwife

Having pursued a previous career as Cabin Crew, Luzie qualified as a registered Midwife from Bournemouth University and joined the MLD team at the Portland in August 2017. She has previously worked in Maternity units in Dorset, Surrey and London gaining a valuable cross section experience from home births and water births to high risk labour ward care. She is passionate about supporting women and their partners as they start a new chapter in their life as a family.

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Mercy Hansell Midwife

Mercy began her career as a general and paediatric nurse in the UK and the Middle East. She qualified as a midwife in 1992. She was part of the nursing team who looked after the first ventilated baby in The Portland Hospital's Special Care Baby Unit in 1984.

Mercy's passion for midwifery grew after she had her own children. She said: "It's a privilege to work in midwifery and I feel blessed to be part of The Portland family."

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Regina Frances Curran Midwife

Regina Curran started working as a midwife at The Portland Hospital in January 2000. She had previously worked in women’s health at the hospital. She has also worked in the NHS and overseas in Jeddah, Jersey and Ireland. Regina is a Registered General Nurse and a Registered Midwife and trained in Ireland. She was a post graduate at Trinity College in Dublin and she has a BSc (Hons) from Middlesex. She has also has a Diploma in Coaching, NLP and Hypnosis.

Having started her nursing career in 1983, Regina has worked in women’s health since the early 1990s and has a broad range of clinical skills and extensive experience in all birth settings. She says: “I don’t deliver babies, I empower women to. In my career I’ve been lucky to be involved in hundreds of women’s pregnancy and birth experiences.”

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Teresa Walsh Midwife Educator

Teresa has worked at The Portland Hospital for 5 years. For most of this time she has been the Childbirth Educator – helping women to prepare for a positive birth through antenatal classes. Teresa comes from New Zealand where she had her 4 babies (who are now all grown-up) and where she inherited her passion for rugby and the outdoors.

In 1992 Teresa studied for and gained a Diploma in Childbirth Education. She said "This is my passion and where I feel I can make a difference to women on their birthing journey."

In 2003 Teresa fulfilled a lifetime dream to become a midwife and achieved this in Limerick, Ireland. She said: "I have had the absolute privilege of 'catching babies' in New Zealand while working as an obstetric nurse, in Irish hospitals and the outback of Australia – a most challenging and interesting experience working with Aboriginal women. People often ask how many babies I have delivered – an impossible question to answer apart from saying 'one at a time'"

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Pia Ramsay Midwife

Pia Ramsay joined The Portland Hospital in 2013 having previously worked at St Mary's and Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals. Pia is a registered midwife and has delivered more than 300 babies during her career.

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Catriona Leigh Infant Feeding Midwife

Catriona started working at The Portland Hospital in August 2015 and in March 2016 joined the Infant Feeding team.

Previously Catriona worked at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust where she was a community midwife. Prior to this she was on maternity leave with her second son.

Catriona trained at the University of Surrey and qualified in 2009. She worked at East Surrey Hospital until 2010 when she joined Darent Valley Hospital where she worked in all areas of maternity care and also as part of a bereavement team.

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Margaret McCarthy Midwife
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Vicki Bennett Midwife
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Sarah Brinkworth Infant Feeding Midwife

Sarah qualified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2008 and has almost 20 years of experience in NHS and private practice.  She started her career as a nurse in 1996 and qualified as a midwife in 2004.  She has had the pleasure of working with mums and babies for the past 13 years during which time she has helped thousands of mothers to overcome breastfeeding difficulties.

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