Erika is British Journal of Midwifery Community Midwife of the Year 2015. An award given to a community midwife who provides outstanding maternity care for women in a community setting. The award recognises the work of a Community Midwife who has shown an unfailing commitment to ensuring women receive the best antenatal and postnatal care.
Erika supports the local ambulance services in their training, advising and commenting on press in order to educate, such as advising the news during the dutchess of Cambridge pregnancy and birth, recently advising on the BBC drama Call the Midwife, and continuing correspondence with government and birthing organisations in order to improve maternity care.
Erika feels that Independent midwifery allows her to practice midwifery in a way which she feels is beneficial for you, the client and for her, the midwife. “I wanted to be able to offer high standard, personal midwifery care to everyone, to be able to treat each woman as an individual and tailor her care to her needs, ideas and wishes. I wanted to be able to offer a safe alternative when the NHS can’t meet a families needs for whatever reason. I want women and their partners to feel confident and reclaim ownership of their pregnancy and births”.
Erika and her husband have had over 20 years together and have 3 wonderful children. Her personal birth experiences have all been different, but all amazing, empowering, beautiful and euphoric and her midwifery practice supports women, so that they may feel this too.