BSc (Hons), RM, IBCLC
I have worked in the NHS since 1982 firstly as a medical secretary and in 2005 I qualified as a midwife. I spent 4 years working on the wards of local hospitals and also delivering antenatal parent craft classes. I then started working in Infant Feeding within the NHS and have enjoyed the last 12 years in this role. My passion is supporting mums, babies and families before and after birth.
During my time in Infant Feeding I have been pivotal in the local Trust achieving UNICEF Baby Friendly Accreditation to the Gold standard. I am also Solihull Approach trained and have co-written the Solihull Approach "Introduction to Parenting" Course and present this online. I have also co-written the "Breastfeeding Peer Support" course, for Health Professionals.
I am a Registered Midwife and became a qualified Hypnobirthing Practitioner in 2015, training with Judith Flood of the Association of Hypnobirthing Midwives, sharing with mums and birthing partners, relaxation, breathing and visualisation techniques to enjoy the birthing experience.
I am a qualified tongue tie practitioner and although at present I do not currently offer a frenulotomy (tongue tie division) service, I am able to assess, diagnose and advise on management.
I qualified in October 2018 as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), Membership No: L-152503. An IBCLC Consultant is recognised throughout the world as holding the premier global credential in breastfeeding. IBCLC is the only internationally recognised professional qualification for lactation. Knowledgeable in all areas, an IBCLC can help with both basic and complex breastfeeding challenges.
I qualified in 2019 as a 3 Step Rewind Practitioner.
I am married and have 2 grown up children.
I am a member of:
The Royal College of Midwives
Lactation Consultants of Great Britain
Association of Tongue Tie Practitioners
I am insured with FEDANT
BSc (Hons), RN, RHV
My name is Carmen, a mother of 2 wonderful sons and currently working as an Infant Feeding Specialist and Clinical Educator within the NHS. I am very proud to say that we were recently awarded the prestigious UNICEF Baby Friendly Initative accreditation thanks to the commitment and hard work of all my colleagues and I have lead two other trusts to receive the UNICEF accreditation award in the West Midlands.
I commenced my life-long journey with the NHS when I was 18 years old and embarked on a career in Intensive Care. I followed my dreams and left to work in Saudi Arabia from where I travelled the world and nursed war casualties. I then trained to become a midwife in London and completed a Health Visitor degree, and since then have gained expertise in all aspects of infant feeding and child health and development.
I am now in a position to broaden my scope and offer a unique service to the public in the areas described to ensure that everyone has access to individualised parenting support. My aim is to offer professional input to parents across the West Midlands. No matter what the issue is we will strive to work together to find the solution.