Midwife of the Week: Lesley Page

This week’s midwife comes straight from the headlines! Duchess Kate Middleton is once again suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum, and husband William has recruited the help of Lesley Page, one of Britain’s most senior midwives and recipient of a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire). In her forty-plus years of practice, Lesley made her name as a women’s advocate, pioneering women-centered maternity care practices that reach beyond the UK. In 1993, she was part of a team that created the One-To-One Midwifery Model that operates by approaching every aspect of an individual woman’s life: culture, past experiences, family, health, etc., with specific evidence based practice to provide a unique, client-based experience. This attention to aspects of life that are often overlooked in maternity care has led to effective and efficient use of resources and a decrease in service duplication. Lesley is currently president of the Royal College of Midwives, a professor at the University of Sydney and at the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, and, of course, advisor to the royal family. In this video, Lesley discusses the One-To-One Model: http://www.oneworldbirth.net/videos/the-research/prof-lesley-page-on-1-1-midwifery-and-evidence-based-midwifery/.

Midwife of the Week posts, written by Sirene-Rose Lipschutz, originate on FoMM’s Facebook page and are archived here on our website for your continued enjoyment!

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Midwife of the Week: Mary Cronk

Through all the changes in midwifery during the half century Mary Cronk has practiced, she has always been considered a radical. After thirty years with the UK’s National Health Service, Mary left to practice as an independent midwife, in response to the increasing medicalization of midwifery under the NHS. She states, “I don’t like conformity…and felt the guidelines were not right for the women giving birth and individual care had been lost.” Mary considers herself an employee of the mother, not the health system. She is recognized an expert in spontaneous breech delivery, and is famous as an advocate for eliminating routine active management of labor. Mary has published professional papers and articles, served on the English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery, and Health Visiting, as well as on the board of the Royal College of Midwives. In 1998, Mary was awarded an MBE, Member of the Order of the British Empire, an award for outstanding service to the community. For an article about breech delivery, follow the link: http://www.birthworks.co.za/articles/midwifery-skills-needed-breech-birth-mary-cronk. See also this cartoon portrayal of Mary Cronk!

Midwife of the Week posts, written by Sirene-Rose Lipschutz, originate on FoMM’s Facebook page and are archived here on our website for your continued enjoyment!