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Caroline Baddiley

Caroline Baddiley

Telephone number: 07884321470

Caroline qualified as a midwife in 1994. Prior to that, she had attended friends’ births, nearly all of which were at home when they would ask her to support them. This gave her a passion for midwifery so she spent time with an Irish independent midwife, going to more home births with her and absorbing pure midwife knowledge and learning about how women’s bodies work in birth. Following that Caroline did her formal training and then worked for four years in a midwife-led unit. Caroline left the NHS in 1998. After having had such an intimate experience of working closely with women and their families previously, she wanted to work as a truly autonomous practitioner and offer complete care to women from early pregnancy, through labour and birth and in the postnatal time and build a “professional friendship” with each family.


Even after years of practice, Caroline is still amazed by pregnancy and birth as “each one is so different and wonderful. Midwives can learn so much from the women they care for once they have helped create a safe emotional and physical space for the woman to grow and birth her baby”.
Recently, Caroline has helped design some innovative antenatal classes called "Birthing in Awareness” which combine Antenatal Birth Preparation from Wessex Midwives plus Pregnancy Yoga in conjunction with a highly experienced and fully qualified yoga teacher. Caroline also runs the aspiring midwives workshop, with our former Wessex midwife Chrissy Hustler. These workshops are highly recommended by the local universities and have become known throughout England for their innovative and inspiring content.

Caroline recently did some freelance work with Bournemouth University and the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic, guiding student midwives at the exciting new interprofessional venture : The Newborn Feeding Clinic for New Mothers and their Babies. She also works part-time on the Breastfeeding Education Team in an area of the NHS. This includes teaching other professionals; promoting Baby-Friendly practice and running the peer supporter training programme.

Caroline has a grown-up daughter and a son who was born at home many years ago. She also has two lovely grandsons.

"We cannot thank you enough for all the kindness, patience and support you have given our family.....It was so special to be able to feel safe, trusting and confident with the care you were providing and it was great that it enabled us all to get to know you at home..."

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