Hello, my name is Siobhan Taylor. I am a fully qualified midwife, registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. I am delighted to be returning to independent Midwifery and best of all Cambridge Midwives. I live between Ely and Cambridge with my husband, three dogs, three chickens and a cat! My passions in life are my children, grandchildren and Midwifery. I consider myself to be one of the luckiest women in the world, having had the privilege to be midwife to my daughter Sian at her two home births and to my daughter Katie, who had her beautiful son at the Rosie hospital. My three grandsons take up quite a bit of my time these days, so I am only returning to Cambridge Midwives on a part time basis.
My career caring for women during pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period began in 1995 in California, where I worked in a busy maternity unit. Returning to the UK in 1999, I commenced work at the Rosie Maternity Hospital in Cambridge. After a few years based in the hospital, the community beckoned and I began to specialise in home birth, offering continuity of care wherever possible within the NHS. Eventually the system was no longer a able to facilitate the ideal of continuity of carer, so in 2008, along with Amy Sutton, I founded Cambridge Midwives.
The vision that Amy and I had was to offer continuity of care and carer to women and their families, supporting and adding to the valuable work of our NHS colleagues.
During the last 24 years, it has been my privilege to attend over 500 home births and to support and care for many women who opted or needed to have their babies in a hospital setting. I was lucky enough to be awarded the national “community midwife of the year” award in 2013 and have strived to give the best care that I am able to give, based on current evidence and individualised to each woman’s needs. Keeping up to date is high on my agenda, as is keeping my skills as current as possible. For this reason, I spent the last year working back at the Rosie hospital, mainly on the high risk delivery unit. There I was able to get up to speed with the latest advice, teaching and techniques and am now better able to advise women on current, local NHS guidelines and policy.
It is with enormous pleasure that I am returning, on a part time basis to Cambridge Midwives, which has been expertly steered through some challenging times for Midwifery, by Sarah Murray and Becky Talbot. It will be wonderful to return to a service where there is no designated time limit to appointments. You can take your time to discuss your care, pregnancy and ask any questions in the relaxed environment of your own home, at a time that suits you! It will be great to be able to support you with whatever informed choices that you make, to help you to feel confident in your body’s ability to grow, birth and nourish your baby. I am thoroughly looking forward to being part of such a kind, caring and generous team once again.
I will be available on Wednesdays
Sarah joined Cambridge Midwives after working alongside Siobhan Taylor. She has spent the last three years working in the community and both midwife and consultant led units of a busy hospital. These experiences helped Sarah recognise the importance of continuity of care and the role of midwives in guarding the normal physiological process of birth.
Sarah lives in central Cambridge with her husband having brought up her now adult children. After reading history at Cambridge University, a brief career in fashion buying followed, alongside normal parental taxi, advice and homework duties…
Sarah subsequently gained a First Class midwifery degree, finding through her training an excitement and passion supporting women through one of the most transformative experiences life can bring. Sarah supports a holistic and individualised approach to the childbearing continuum, making the woman and her partner the focus of her practice, promoting and protecting normal birth and the woman’s right to experience such normalcy. Sarah is especially keen to support the transition to parenthood by thorough antenatal advice and preparation, and postnatally, by establishing breastfeeding and creating links with the wider community.
Becky Talbot – Doula
Hello, my name is Becky and I live in central Cambridge with my husband, James. Three of our five children still live at home with us,
and my youngest child was born at the Rosie in 2009. The older two have now flown the nest and began families of their own (I have two wonderful grandchildren. In my personal experiences through motherhood I discovered that being supported and nurtured through my pregnancies empowered me to make choices that were right for me and my family whether that be highly medicalised, or home birth, both of which I have had. I have also worked outside the home in Sex and Relationship Education and supporting young people within the education system. At my children’s school I volunteer with Forest School and Gardening club. I love my allotment and spend any spare time that I have there.
I am a Recognised Birth Doula and trained with Developing Doulas in 2013, working in Cambridgeshire, Huntingdon and sometimes beyond. I
have a real passion for supporting women and their families . What is most important to me is that you feel confident informed and nurtured through the process of planning your birth, the birth itself, and that special time after your baby has arrived.I have supported many different types of families including homebirths, births after caesarean and waterbirths. My philosophy is that if a woman experiences a quiet, calm and nurturing environment, she is most likely to feel positive about her experience, however the baby is born. The calming presence of having your own doula alongside you, who you know and trust, gives reassurance and benefit to you and your partner however you choose to birth.
I am a member of Doula UK and Cambridgeshire Doulas.I co-run Cambridge Birth Choices, a free drop in group that provides emotional support and practical suggestions for pregnant women in Cambridgeshire.I am experienced in supporting, VBAC, Water-birth, Hypnobirth, Cesarian, Active birth, And have attended many training sessions and Workshops on Attachment, Rebozo, Birthing for Blokes, Pregnancy Massage, Waterbirth, Hypnobirthing, closing the bones, active birth, birth rights, Breastfeeding, early parenting, my training is ongoing and I aim to stay updated and current in my knowledge and practice.