When we were creating this website, we toyed with the idea of it being called ‘Lou the Midwife’ because that’s exactly what I am. I’m Louise Brennan, a qualified midwife since 2001.
I’ve been running private antenatal classes since 2006 and up until 2013 was the co-founder/partner of Birthing Matters. In 2014, I set up Louise’s Antenatal Classes – abbreviated online now as louantenatal.com
Midwifery is most definitely my vocation and I still work within the NHS, fitting shifts around the classes that I deliver and new mums I look after. I work in all sections of the maternity unit; on the antenatal and postnatal wards, the delivery suite and running antenatal classes.
I am registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and I am a member of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM). As a practising midwife, I am expected and am able to demonstrate evidence-based knowledge on all aspects of Midwifery Care and I am required to keep a portfolio which can be requested by the National Midwifery Council at any time for inspection.
Why choose a class with me?
I’m often asked why I run the courses rather than ‘just’ be a midwife.
The main answer is because I love what I do. Working with couples to ensure that they are as best prepared as they can be for the arrival of their new baby is where I get a huge amount of job satisfaction. I’ve seen the difference that 1:1 classes can make and that’s why I offer them.
Equally, I have seen the benefits of additional postnatal midwife support for women who have just had their baby – in terms of their physical recovery, the bond they form with their baby and their overall wellbeing at what is an incredibly emotional time.
All the guidance and information given in my classes is evidence-based, up-to-date and of the highest standard – mixed with plenty of time to ask as many questions as you wish.
When I’m not at work, you’ll find me at home in St Albans with my partner and two cats.