MEET THE FAMILY

Alex Kohansky

Alex Kohansky, Founder & Director

“Becoming a mum for the first time was the most thrilling, exhausting and intense experience of my life. The friends I made during pregnancy became invaluable – meeting up, swapping stories, laughing and watching our babies develop together, turned an uncertain and potentially difficult period into an incredible shared adventure. Nothing can really prepare you for the full impact of having a baby, but there’s certainly a lot you can learn in advance that will make things much easier when you’re in the thick of the action. My goal with Bump and Baby Club is to connect parents-to-be and give them the best possible start in birth and parenting.  Above all, I hope people gain the confidence they need to trust their instincts and enjoy the amazing times ahead.”

Before starting Bump and Baby Club, Alex worked for 10 years as a freelance Documentary Producer/Director, making films for all of the main UK broadcasters. READ MORE

Alex F

ALEX F

Antenatal Teacher

Alex is an experienced midwife, currently based at the Whittington Hospital, and is also training to become an obstetrician. She is a published author on barriers to quality midwifery care and an Expert Consultant to the WHO. She studied English at Cambridge University and has also worked in documentary film. READ MORE

natalie misaljevich

NATALIE

Antenatal Teacher

Before training with the NCT to become an antenatal instructor, Natalie worked with young people and professionals as a teenage pregnancy educator. Now, alongside her antenatal teaching, she practices as a doula – a birth companion who supports women and couples during pregnancy, labour and birth.

Alexis Stickland Bump and Baby Club

ALEXIS

Antenatal and Hypnobirthing Teacher

Alexis is a practicing midwife with over 11 years experience, 9 of them at leading Hospital, Guy’s & St Thomas’. She has also worked with pregnant teenagers via an NHS programme called Family Nurse Partnership. She gained her Hypnobirthing qualification through the Association of Hypnobirthing Midwives. READ MORE

CHARLOTTE

Antenatal Teacher

Charlotte has nearly 20 years experience as a midwife and 5 years as a lactation consultant. She has worked at the Whittington Hospital for most of her career, and spent 3 years working in the Birth Unit of private hospital St John and St Elizabeth.

sandra

SANDRA

Antenatal Teacher

Sandra is a practicing midwife with 30 years experience, including 10 at the Birth Unit of Private Hospital St Johns & St Elizabeth’s. She is a qualified Reflexologist and a Trustee of the Cocoon Charity, which supports women and families affected by perinatal mental health issues.

carrie

CARRIE

Antenatal & Hypnobirthing Teacher

Practicing midwife, Carrie, has worked in all areas of the profession for many years and is currently based at the delivery suite of Barnet Hospital. She gained her Hypnobirthing qualification through the Association of Hypnobirthing Midwives. READ MORE

charline 2

CHARLINE

Antenatal Teacher

Charline has been a practising midwife for nearly 10 years, working at busy London NHS Hospitals as well as a 5-year stint at private hospital, The Portland. She’s worked in all aspects of midwifery and has a special interest in infant feeding (having spent 2 years as an Infant Feeding Midwife), as well as postnatal and baby care.

brooke

BROOKE

Antenatal Teacher

Brooke is a practicing obstetrician, who’s worked and trained in a variety of London units. She is experienced at dealing with all aspects of pregnancy and birth, including performing complicated deliveries and providing antenatal and postnatal care. SEE VIDEO OF BROOKE

Laura

LAURA

Antenatal & Hypnobirthing Teacher

As a midwife for over 6 years, Laura has worked in all aspects of midwifery and is currently practising in one of the most sensitive areas of the profession – working with women with complex needs and safeguarding concerns. She lives and works in West London, juggling her busy career around her two young children.

BECKY

Antenatal Teacher

Becky originally trained as an actress and, after having three children, decided to become an antenatal instructor, gaining her qualification with the NCT. She has taught over 100 London courses, reaching almost 1000 expectant couples.

TORI

Antenatal Teacher

Tori is an experienced, practising midwife, currently working at Barnet Hospital, part of the Royal Free Trust. She also practices medical acupuncture to aid fertility, pregnancy and motherhood. Prior to midwifery she worked in play therapy for children with special needs. READ MORE

tami

TAMI

Antenatal & Hypnobirthing Teacher

Tami is an experienced midwife who worked in a busy North London hospital, before moving on to become an independent midwife. She is UNICEF trained in breastfeeding support, and holds certificates for acupuncture in labour, maternity reflexology, and aromatherapy.

LAUREN

Antenatal Teacher

Lauren has over 7 years midwifery experience and provided specialist care  in a number of areas, including labour ward, birth centre, antenatal clinic, postnatal ward, and the fetal medicine unit. She has a special interest in infant feeding and has recently furthered her experience on a RCM accredited lactation course.

Lucia diaz perez

LUCIA

Antenatal Teacher

Lucia is an experienced, practising midwife, currently based at Barnet Hospital. She’s worked on labour wards, antenatal wards, postnatal wards and in birth centres, and is currently acting as a Patient Safety Manager – a role is focused on improving care and practice by listening and adapting to individual needs.

Anna N

ANNA N

Antenatal Teacher

Practising midwife Anna has worked at many of London’s large maternity hospitals, as well as 8 years at a private hospital. She is an Examination of the Newborn Practitioner and works part-time for Tommy’s, the baby charity offering advice and emotional support from pre conception to birth. SEE VIDEO OF ANNA

rachel w

RACHEL W

Antenatal Teacher

Rachel has been a midwife for 20 years and worked in various NHS and private hospitals. She is currently working part-time in the private unit at St Thomas’ Hospital, whilst also practicing as an independent midwife – visiting expectant and new parents at their homes.

Cathy Sage

CATHY

Antenatal Teacher

Cathy is an extremely experienced, NCT-trained antenatal teacher, postnatal doula and breastfeeding consultant, and has helped hundreds of expectant and new parents. She trained with leading experts in the field of breastfeeding, and works as an infant feeding supporter at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. SEE VIDEO OF CATHY

Kate

KATE

Antenatal Teacher

Kate is an experienced, practising midwife, Hypnobirthing instructor and reflexologist. She’s worked on labour wards, postnatal and antenatal wards and in the community, and has helped deliver hundreds of babies.

TESS

Antenatal Teacher

NCT-trained Tess has been teaching antenatal classes to her local community for over 15 years. She is also an experienced midwife, currently practicing at University Hospital Lewisham.

TINA

Antenatal Teacher

As well as being an NCT-trained antenatal instructor, Tina is a midwife with over 17 years experience. She also founded and runs an independent midwifery company, which provides personalised care for women throughout London and the neighbouring counties.

cheryl S

CHERYL

Antenatal & Hypnobirthing Teacher

Originally a paediatric nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Cheryl decided to retrain as a midwife after having her 4 children (including twins!). With years of experience behind her, she’s worked in all aspects of midwifery and is currently practising at Queen’s Hospital. She is also a qualified massage therapist with a certificate in aromatherapy for childbirth.

rachel

RACHEL H

Antenatal Teacher

Rachel has been a midwife for nearly 10 years, and worked in all different settings, including midwife-led Birth Centres and Labour Wards, and she led the Homebirth team at Croydon University Hospital. She is currently working as a private caseload midwife.

Donna

DONNA

Antenatal Teacher & First Aid Instructor

Donna worked in the arts for 10 years, project managing major art exhibitions both in the UK and internationally. In 2012 she trained to become an antenatal instructor with the NCT and went on to qualify as a first aid instructor in 2016. Donna is also a lay examiner for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Adelle

ADELLE

Antenatal Teacher

Adelle qualified as a midwife in 2004 with a first class honours degree, having trained at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. She has years of experience in all areas of midwifery and is also an NCT trained antenatal instructor. She’s supported over 2000 parents, alongside raising her 3 children, aged 10, 7 and 2. SEE VIDEO OF ADELLE

Sarah t

SARAH T

Antenatal Teacher

Sarah is an experienced, practicing midwife with over 7 years clinical experience working in all settings. She provides continuity of care to expectant mothers, runs antenatal clinics, is on-call for home-births, and visits new parents and babies at their homes. She has a specialist interest in mentoring student midwives and providing continuity of care.

Chris

CHRIS

Antenatal & Hypnobirthing Teacher

Chris began her career as a care assistant and newborn hearing screener, before completing her midwifery training 10 years ago. She has worked in all areas of the profession, including community midwifery, where she fell in love with teaching antenatal classes. She points to her own mother – a midwife for 47 years – as her inspiration for becoming a midwife!

BETH

Infant Feeding Instructor

Beth is a lactation consultant and midwife with over 25 years experience delivering babies and helping families within both the NHS and the private sector. She also works as a consultant on sleep improvement strategies for babies and weaning.

Teresa

TERESA

Infant Feeding Instructor

Teresa is our guest instructor from our partner hospital, The Portland, where she’s been working as a midwife for over 7 years. Before that she spent several years practising midwifery on NHS labour wards as well as in the outback of Australia! An experienced lactation consultant, she has a passion for helping parents feed their newborns.

eva

EVA

First Aid Instructor

Eva has a wealth of experience teaching first aid and is also a Birth and Postnatal Doula, a baby massage instructor and paediatric massage therapist. In her previous career she worked as a health promotion trainer within the NHS, before moving onto Public Health. READ MORE

BETTY

First Aid Instructor

Betty initially decided to learn paediatric first aid while she was pregnant with her first child, and it soon became one of the best decisions she ever made – she was able to save her young baby from choking. She went on to train and qualify as an instructor and now has 9 years of teaching under her belt.

andy

ANDY

First Aid Instructor

Andy has been a first aid instructor for many years, having previously worked for the emergency services. He is also a senior scuba diving instructor, playing a leading role in the rehabilitation of wounded in service, military personnel. His skills, experience and qualifications as a first-aider assisted him in being selected for this post.

angela townley baby first aid

ANGELA

First Aid Instructor

Angela is a registered nurse with 23 years experience and specialist qualifications in coronary and critical care. Her knowledge of paediatric first aid enabled her to save her son from a life-threatening situation when he was 3-years-old, and it was this that inspired her to help others and become an instructor.

SARAH K

First Aid Instructor

Sarah has been a qualified first aid instructor since 2006 and has taught a wide variety of people including parents, childcare professionals, HSE Appointed First Aiders and Work and Rescue Divers. Sarah is also a qualified nursery nurse and has a degree in Biological Sciences.

Emma Russell

EMMA

First Aid Instructor

Emma has 22 years first aid experience. She was in the Met Police for 16 years, often putting the theory into practice when first arriving at a scene. Most of her service was spent in the Child Protection Team where she believes some of the tragedies could have been prevented with some first aid understanding in the home.

Caroline

CAROLINE

First Aid Instructor

Prior to becoming a first aid instructor, Caroline had an impressive career in HR for over 20 years. She realised the importance of learning baby first aid 5 years ago, shortly after having her son, and left her role in the city to pursue her passion for educating expectant parents.