Midwifery Services in Warrington

Hello and welcome to One to One in Warrington. 

We have been providing free maternity care in the area since 2013 and our Pregnancy Advice Centre has been open since February 2015. Our midwives visit women and their families in the community and we have a location in central Warrington, which provides a hub for the midwives, clinics and community groups. 

Take a look around our pages and if you would like to know more information please feel free to contact us: 

Warrington Pregnancy Advice Centre
30 Sankey Street 
WA1 1TD 
Telephone: 01925 555855
Online enquiry: http://www.onetoonemidwives.org/enquiries

Our Pregnancy Advice Centre

What we offer:
  • Scanning
  • Parent Education Classes
  • Hypnobirthing
  • Free Pregnancy Testing
  • Feeding support
  • Various parent and baby groups

To see what classes and courses are running throughout the month visit our Advice Centre page at: http://www.onetoonemidwives.org/pregnancy-advice-centre-Warrington-services

More information on classes, events and groups:

  • We run two courses each month, which are run over two Sundays, 10:00-16:30. These are led by our midwives
  • Open to everyone – Book via our online enquiry form at: http://www.onetoonemidwives.org/Hypnobirthing_Calendar
  • The courses book up very quickly and have limited availability

Active Birth and Parent Education

  • One class a month - 10:00-17:00, with Active Birth in the morning and Parent Education in the afternoon. These are led by our midwives and MaMAs
  • Open to everyone – either book through your One to One midwife or send through an online enquiry at: http://www.onetoonemidwives.org/Parent_Education_classes

Regular Advice Centre Classes (see our ‘What’s On Guide’ for more information):

  • Baby Moo Music and Messy Moo Music
  • Sling Library
  • Nappy Library
  • Pregnancy Yoga
  • Bumps Club
  • Baby Massage/Yoga
  • Positive Birth Movement meeting

Out in the community: 

  • We attend regular meetings and groups with other organisations such as NCT and childrens centres.
  • We hold one off activities and groups at the Pregnancy Advice Centre on behalf of other organisations such as Family First Aid training – keep an eye on the What’s On Guide and the website for updates.


"Do I have to have a home birth if I choose to have my pregnancy care with One to One?"

One to One provides women with the opportunity to have one midwife provide care for them throughout their pregnancy, assist them to birth at home, if they wish, or care for them when they've had their baby in a place of their choosing. Many women change their minds about the place of birth as their pregnancy progresses, and that's fine, but it isn't a requirement of booking with One to One. If you choose to birth in hospital, your midwife will do a home assessment when you feel you have gone into labour, to check your progress. When it is time to go into hospital, your midwife may be able to come with you as an advocate of support, but you will be under the care of the hospital midwives. As soon as you are discharged, your midwife will visit you at home the same day and provide 6 weeks of postnatal. If you would like to birth at home, we provide a birthing pool free of charge, and your midwife will be on call 24/7 and she and her buddy will be there every step of the way. 

“What happens at a home birth? What are the benefits?”

At a home birth you are able to labour in the comfort of your own home, which many women find more relaxing and an effective way to keeping birth ‘normal’ and reducing complications. Labour hormones are not interrupted by a trip to the hospital and you remain in a familiar environment. Our midwives encourage an ‘active birth’, and carry with them gas and air should you feel the need. All of our midwives are trained to pick up early warning signs, and have emergency procedure training should there be any complications.

You may be interested in attending our ‘active birth’ or ‘hypnobirthing’ classes – these will give you the opportunity to increase your knowledge and learn techniques which will help you in achieving the birth that you want. Our birth stories section will give you an idea of our women’s’ experiences. Since 1970 and the Peel Report, we have seen birth take place in hospital as a routine rather than at home. For some women, this may be the safest place for both mother and baby, however, for the majority, having a baby is a normal part of a woman's life. Pregnancy is a time of changing hormones and the hormones required for labour and birth can be in conflict when we feel afraid or anxious. 

When we are comfortable and secure we produce oxytocin, known as the love hormone, the one that created the act of conception. When we're afraid we produce adrenaline, this decreases the oxytocin production and labour slows or stalls. This can lead to interventions in hospital, which in turn may lead to instrumental delivery or Caesarean Section. Giving birth is the relaxation of a sphincter; we don't open other sphincters such as voiding or opening our bowels, in public. Birth, is a shy sphincter... Best taken place in private, with known caregivers , who will be present but unobtrusive. Birth at home means the family starts immediately; no separation.

Visit www.homebirth.org.uk for more information about home births.

“Do I have to pay for a One to One midwife?”

No! As we are funded by the NHS, our service is completely free.

“How long will I see my midwife after my baby is born?”

At One to One, we provide up to 6 weeks of postnatal care. This is provided by our midwives and MaMAs, and, just like throughout your whole pregnancy, we don’t have a set number of appointments – we come out to see you when you need us in addition to routine appointments. 

“Do I still have to go into hospital for my scans?”

No - we have a scanning clinic in the town centre at our Pregnancy Advice Centre, so all our scans take place there. These take place regularly at weekdays and weekends – please see our local information page for details. 

“I know I will need to have consultant care in my pregnancy. Can I still book with One to One?”

Yes – One to One work in conjunction with health professionals in the hospitals. Your midwife can come with you to your appointments if you so wish, so you will still benefit from having continuous care from a midwife.

“How often will I see my midwife?”

Our midwives come out to see you at home for routine appointments as set by the NICE guidelines, and for any additional appointments as needed. They are always at the end of the phone should you have any questions or think you need to be seen.

Meet the Team:

Claire Braithwaite

Hello! My name is Claire Braithwaite I am the lead midwife for the One to One Warrington team. I have a dedicated growing team of passionate midwives, who are there to support women from preconception care through to six weeks postnatal. One to one midwives is going from strength to strength, and I know that the whole team are very proud to be part of such a pioneering, forward thinking NHS funded midwifery service in the Warrington area.

I also carry a reduced caseload of ladies, this keeps my job role varied and exciting, no two days are ever the same! I love being a caseloading midwife it is a privileged job to support the whole family unit through pregnancy, birth and the post natal period. I hope that my passion for midwifery shines through. I am also a married mother of three children; I have one daughter and two sons.

Debi Brunt

My name is Debi and I have been with One to One since November 2014. I qualified late in life after being a full time mum for fifteen years. I undertook my degree at Salford University and did my clinical placement at Fairfield Hospital, Bury. I have loved every minute of my training and my practice to date. On qualifying I went down to Addenbrookes, Cambridge, then onto Peterborough Hospital working with vulnerable women and then as a community midwife.

My passion is for physiological birth and as a member of the Association of Radical Midwives (ARM), I have returned to 'roots' practice. Being a One to One midwife is a privilege. I get to take women and families through the journey of pregnancy and childbirth and leave them in the 'fourth' trimester (first six months of baby's life) prepared and equipped to enjoy their new family. If I'm really lucky, I get to do the same thing a second time! What other role can give you that satisfaction?

Jo Lambers

Hi! I'm Jo. I qualified as a midwife in 2014 and joined the Warrington team within One to One shortly after. I live in Whiston with my partner and two crazy cats and spend most of my free time tending to my many fruit and vegetable crops. Midwifery is a wonderful profession and I feel very lucky to be able to work in the way that I do - working closely with the families in my care and being allowed to be part of such a special time in their lives. We have an amazing team of midwives, MaMAs and support staff in Warrington and we all support each other to create the best possible experience for the women in our care. As part of my role, I am responsible for performing the newborn examinations (NIPE) within the Warrington area. I am also a qualified hypnobirthing teacher.

Emma Quaintrell

My name is Emma and I am a One to One case loading midwife. I have been with One to One since October 2015, before that I lived and trained in Leicester. I now live here with my husband who works as a nurse in A&E at the local hospital.

I am so passionate about case loading midwifery and am excited to be able to be working with this model of care. I am loving meeting, getting to know and caring for women across Warrington and love being able to personalise women's care to empower them to have the best birth experience possible.

Sarah Cleary

I'm the MaMA (Mother & Midwife Assistant) for Warrington. I've worked for One to One for nearly 2 years now and I joined the service after I had my second baby with them, after having feeding problems with my first baby and very little support I chose to exclusively express so when I was pregnant with my second I found One to Ones ethos and care so valuable. When a position came up to become a MaMA I felt I had to give back something to a service that I felt so very passionate about. My role allows me to be a part of a journey that's special and I'm honoured to be involved in it. To build women's confidence and help them make feeding choices to suit them, their baby and their families is something I feel very privileged to be included in.