Gail de Vos ~ Independent Midwife
“You are fearfully and wonderfully made.”
I've been a midwife for many years. During my general nursing training I found my calling in midwifery and haven't looked back since. Each family, birth and baby is unique, it brings me great joy to meet each family and it's my privilege to be a part of each birth.
I believe that women's bodies are naturally capable of giving birth and that trusting and listening to your body at every stage of labour will insure a healthy, natural and positive birthing experience for you and your baby. No one said labour is easy hence the name labour, but I will be there every step of the way guiding you and helping you interpret what your body and baby needs you to do.
As an independent midwife, I am your primary caregiver throughout your pregnancy. This means that you see me for regular checkups. I consult at Genesis Clinic every Thursday and Saturday. (Book an appointment) Antenatal checkups when I need to see you are scheduled on weeks 16, 20, 24, 28, 30, 32, 34 then weekly after your doctor's visit from week 36 until your delivery. This includes monitoring your wellbeing (physical and emotional) and your baby's wellbeing by assessing growth and position by palpating your abdomen and listening to your baby's heart beat. It is important to see your back up Doctor for sonar's on weeks 12, 20 and 36; or if any concerns are found, a review with your back up Obstetrician (Gynae) is arranged.
In between visits I am always available if you have any questions or concerns about anything, via phone/sms/e-mail or visit the 'ask Gail page' on my website to chat to me online and find answers to common questions raised. It is a good way to build a positive relationship so that when you do go into labour we already have a good working relationship and you know I am going to be there throughout the journey. This is very important because the more relaxed and confident you feel, the better and quicker labour tends to be.
Gail: 082 855 5684