Marie Louise, also known as the Modern Midwife has been an NHS Midwife for almost a decade and has extensive antenatal and postnatal education experience. She provides evidence-based advice on pregnancy and birth on her Instagram and Facebook channels and has provided expert advice on BBC, Radio 4 Women’s Hour, Channel 5 and ITV. She is the author of The Modern Midwife’s Guide to Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond and has also released an online antenatal and postnatal course designed to support expectant parents from the very beginning of their journey. .
We had a friendly chat with Marie (via zoom) to get to know her a bit more and her experience of parenthood so far!
So Marie .. tell us a bit about yourself?
I have been a registered Midwife for almost a decade, and provide extensive antenatal and postnatal education to women and families worldwide. I am also mum to Georgie, and partner to Andy. I am passionate about evidence based advice and informed choice for women and their families and I have delivered this via many TV/Radio shows and my own books/courses.
What inspired you to start The Modern Midwife?
How have you found parenthood so far?
Really hard! A rollercoaster of emotions; from elation and exhaustion to pure love and joy!
Has being a parent changed your practise?
Yes and no. I still truly believe you don’t need to be a mum to be a good Midwife. However it definitely changed my perception in the postnatal period. I coped really well in pregnancy and birth and felt extremely prepared, but nothing prepared me for the overwhelming responsibility when baby is born! I feel the ability to empathise more specifically with this aspect of parenthood.
What are your top tips for expecting mums?
- Understand your options throughout pregnancy, birth and postnatal
- Have a plan A, B, C, so if anything doesn’t go to plan you are fully prepared (understand all potentials within childbirth e.g. c section)
- Feel well informed so you won’t feel out of control
What are your top tips for postnatal mums?
- Prepare in pregnancy as much as possible for postnatal e.g. look at feeding options and what works for you
- Understand you are in recovery!!
- Do not put too much pressure on yourself
What are your thoughts on the need for sustainability in kids products?
If everybody makes more effort the planet will be a better place for our children and future children. The more we do now will support the reversing of any damage already made and the use of natural products and less plastics such as wooden toys will help to protect our oceans. Simple swaps and hand me downs can make such a difference!
What are your go-to parenting products?
- Baby carrier! Life saver.
- The Modern Midwife maternity bag available here – https://themodernmidwife.com/shop/
- Reusable sanitary pads available here – https://www.lunaandcash.co.uk/feminine-hygiene-74-c.asp
- Antenatal courses! Mine are accessible on my website here – https://themodernmidwife.com
How is the new book going?
The feedback has been phenomenal and especially during the Covid-19 Pandemic and how this affected maternity services and accessibility to appointments/antenatal education. Women and families are feeling much less anxious and more supported which is brilliant!
What can we expect from The Modern Midwife this year?
I have some exciting new projects to be announced this year – so keep your eyes peeled! 🙂
We absolutely love the service Marie is providing to women and families worldwide. It is fantastic especially during difficult times like the present, how much Marie’s wealth of knowledge and expertise has helped families! We can’t wait to see what more there is to come from Marie and The Modern Midwife!