"Having 'ummed' and 'ahhed' for the first few months of my pregnancy about going private or public I felt I had left it too late to choose, so when I saw Suzanne’s advert I thought it might be a good alternative option. After eight long years of secondary infertility, several rounds of IVF and three miscarriages I really felt I needed some extra TLC in this pregnancy; I wanted to be able to talk to the same person and for that person to really understand where my anxieties were coming from. I started seeing Suzanne at just after 20 weeks pregnant and honestly wish I had gone sooner. Suzanne walked me through every step of my pregnancy from there. She has been available whenever I have needed to talk to her or ask a question; appointments were made according to when and how frequently I felt I needed them. When I was advised to either be induced or have a c-section, her advice and having the opportunity to talk through both options thoroughly, and more than once, was invaluable. Every appointment I had was calm, unrushed and I felt Suzanne knew me and what I needed. She is so easy to talk to I felt I could tell her any little niggle or worry without fear of judgement.
Having had a not completely straight forward birth with our first baby, there was some apprehension about doing it again. Suzanne communicated with the hospital and I felt she was an amazing advocate for us, as well as giving us the confidence and knowledge to communicate our needs when the time came to go into hospital.
It didn’t stop there and Suzanne has been amazing in the six weeks post partum; again available for a chat or a visit when the sleep deprivation and mastitis has made me a little loopy!
In summary I found what I was looking for; I got my extra TLC and I felt safe and cared for. I highly recommend Suzanne, and Lisa, for their extensive experience and knowledge, and holistic antenatal / postnatal care".
"From a fathers point of view, Suzanne has been incredibly supportive and has been able provide me with confidence going through our second pregnancy. Suzanne made sure that I was up to date with all information and was able to put a lot of my worries/anxieties at ease. Although I did not attend all appointments with Lizzy, I could see that Lizzy was always calmer & less anxious after seeing Suzanne. As Lizzy has mentioned, it has taken a long time for us to fall pregnant with our 2nd child and has also been a very anxious pregnancy and I feel that Suzanne has helped Lizzy & myself over multiple hurdles along the way.I always felt it was a lot easier to make decisions after speaking with Suzanne. She would mythodically go through our options to ensure we chose what was right for us. Suzanne is very easy to talk to and you can always have a good giggle with her. Although I have only known her for a few months, I feel that I have known her for years.She is very understanding and will always make time for you, no matter what.I would recommend Suzanne to be your mid-wife any day of the week".
"I’m so glad Suzanne was part of my pregnancy journey. Working with her made what can be an anxious time that much easier. Suzanne was always calm, knowledgeable and responsive to my changing needs. I was a public hospital patient with the private touch of working with Suzanne for my antenatal and postnatal periods.
Things I loved about working with Suzanne:
I would recommend her services to any women who wants personal connection that supports you through your most vulnerable and exciting journey in life. Suzanne was like a big sister, mum and great midwife all rolled into one.
"Suzanne was my midwife throughout my pregnancy with my first baby. The consistency of care was priceless as I did not need to explain my circumstance each visit to a different midwife. Suzanne is highly experienced and knowledgeable and was able to clearly and calmly answer all my concerns and questions. I was always left feeling more confident and reassured. The quality of care was excellent - I appreciated the relaxing and comfortable space we were able to meet in at her private practice and being able to see baby on screen each visit alongside scans and a health check for me also. In addition to quality of care, a positive rapport naturally developed over time and this made me feel much more confident leading up to the birth and beyond as I trusted her. Suzanne made herself available 24/7 to answer my concerns and questions and organised additional appointments whenever I needed reassurance and a check up for baby. She is personable yet professional, compassionate and empathetic. I left every appointment feeling empowered and truly cared for. After our baby boy was born Suzanne went above and beyond to care for my physical and emotional needs, regularly visiting us at home and helping me adjust to life with a newborn. Midwifery is more than a job for Suzanne and I felt like more than a client. I highly recommend her to help you on your journey through pregnancy and beyond, you will be in good hands".
"I honestly can't say enough good things about Suzanne at Northern Beaches Midwifery. As two very anxious parents to be with no family living nearby, she became our rock throughout the pregnancy and after. Suzanne is one of those people you just cant help but open up to. Professional and a font of knowledge yet super down to earth, putting you at ease straight away. What was really special was that Suzanne was only a text/phone call away for when we were worried or needed guidance. The extra ultrasound scans were an amazing perk, and the many home visits after the birth were a real life saver. We are now flying solo, breastfeeding well and all happy and healthy. Thank you so much Suzanne. I couldn't imagine doing pregnancy without you. See you for baby no.2 !!"
"We went through the private health system and engaged Suzanne for postnatal care services.
She did a home visit prior to the birth, which was really helpful, giving us a chance to get to know each other first. With permission, she passed on some of my personal history to the hospital to ensure we had a positive birthing experience. She is very understanding of individual sensitivities. We were struggling with breast feeding in the hospital and feeling a bit overwhelmed. She was an absolute life saver support system when we got home and started the postnatal visits with her. Each visit she would work through the new challenges we were having and come up with a number of possible solutions we could try. If we were ever worried or concerned, we could contact her at anytime for help and advice. Suzanne also helped linked us up with other support services that I would not have otherwise known about. Suzanne was very caring and comforting, she felt like both a motherly figure and a friend you could confide in. She provided a safe space to discuss things without judgement and to normalise issues that I feel aren’t always talked about. The emotional support she provided was so appreciated. Truly I don’t know how we would have survived those first few weeks without her and would highly recommend her to any new mothers. Suzanne's wisdom and knowledge was so valuable, and I feel like having her around for the first 6 weeks has set us up for much more success as we move forward in our parenting journey. Thank you Suzanne so much for everything you have done for us".
"Thank you for being the most incredible support and encouragement for my pregnancy and post-partum journey. I'm so grateful for your constant support, particularly with breastfeeding. I truly couldn't have done this without you. With your help, I've been able to give little Jack the best start to life, and I cannot thank you enough for that. I wish you every success with Northern Beaches Midwifery".