Hello, my name is Julie Whitehead
Originally a registered Nurse from the Isle of Man I moved to the South Coast in 1995 to become a midwife. My passions as a midwife are ante natal education, breast feeding and the new parent-baby relationship. I have two grown up sons and a grand son
One of the things I really enjoy is to help and support the new family with the transition into parenthood, this can be with regular local meet ups or in my classes.
Dip He Midwifery studies
I have been working as a midwife for over 20 years years and I currently work in Southsea, Portsmouth.
For 7 years I gained experience and worked in a Private Exclusive Birthing centre in North London with Yehudi Gordon, one of the founders of the Active Birth Movement, I have also worked with Janet Balaskas in the Active Birth Centre in London and also learnt the use of natural therapies in labour . For 2 years I worked in a Private clinic on Harley St. London, advising women on pregnancy, birth and breast feeding. I am also a qualified Hypnobirthing practitioner
Newborn Behaviour Observation practitioner (NBO)
While babies may not speak their first word for a year, they are born ready to communicate with a rich vocabulary of body movements, cries and visual responses: all part of the complex language of infant behaviour. The NBO looks at a wide range of behaviours and is suitable for examining newborns and infants up to two months old. By the end of the assessment, the examiner has a behavioural “portrait” of the infant, describing the baby’s strengths, adaptive responses and possible vulnerabilities.
One of my passions is supporting women with breast feeding their babies. I have been a registered lactation consultant for 12 years.
I can visit new mothers in their homes and help if they are experiencing problems, I can also cut tongue ties at their home if it is making feeding difficult.I am also registered with the Lactation Consultants of Great Britain www.lcgb.org
Aqua natal teacher
Aqua natal classes are held weekly at Portsmouth Roko, Copnor Rd .Aqua is followed by coffee in the lounge with time for questions and advice .
I am a registered Paediatric First Aid Instructor and Assessor. (a.i.d. Training & Operations)
I have been registered with the International School of Developmental Baby Massage and Movement since 2003 www.thebabieswebsite.com. The power of touch via baby massage is immense, I run 5 week baby massage courses and also couples baby massage on a Saturday in Portsmouth. I am also a baby yoga teacher which i incorporate into my baby massage class.
During pregnancy you can attend my 5 week Pregnancy & Birth Preparation course to help prepare your body and mind for labour and birth.Post natally you can drop by to the Pilates group with your baby and help work on your abs back and pelvic floor with your baby at your side. Once you have your baby you can attend my 6 week post natal recovery pilates .
Working on an active birth unit for 7 years with Yehudi Gordon help me gain vast experience on helping a woman through her pregnancy and labour without the use of conventional drugs. It was a great insight into how women with the right encouragement and environment can tune into their own bodies and manage a lot better with labour. Informing partners of the labour process and how to help the labouring woman ensured the couple both felt ready for labour, birth and beyond.I hold monthly Hypno birth workshops in Portsmouth to help the couple understand labour and how to help each other.
Placenta Encapsulation IPEN Registered…. specialist http://placentanetwork.com/ making your placenta into tablets for you to help reduce post natal depression, Raise iron levels and aid milk production