Welcome

Hello. My name is Rachel Fitz-Desorgher.

I am an experienced midwife, infant feeding consultant, active birth teacher and parenting consultant. I co-created Henley Birthcare, a unique freelance midwifery and doula service offering bespoke care to clients in Oxfordshire, London and the Home Counties.

In the first private/NHS partnership of its kind, I mentor midwifery students from Oxford Brookes University, lecture at hospitals and conferences on infant feeding and tongue-tie and I am the midwife specialist for EDS UK, a genetic connective tissue disorder.

As the mother to four sons, my knowledge is grounded in my own personal experience and over 30 years’ work as a midwife. Always more interested in the parent-baby relationship than in “catching” babies, I bring my knowledge of evolutionary biology to my approach in preparing parents for labour and birth, feeding, soothing and parenting babies and children.

Whatever your unique needs, I can offer you bespoke help, advice and support services that are sensitive, practical and, above all else, effective.

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Your Baby Skin To Skin!

Covering your baby’s first year from the perspective of evolution, my book explains how to parent by tuning into your own and your baby’s instincts. Order from Amazon

Rachel’s voice will lead you confidently and gently through the most challenging and rewarding minutes, weeks and months with your new baby.”

“A wonderfully written tale masterfully combining primeval labour and modern day motherhood! Packed with invaluable knowledge and useful tips for expecting and newborn mothers.”

“I have read a lot of baby books, and I can confidently say that this is the best of the bunch by a long way. It’s jam-packed with practical information, tips and advice that you can apply straightaway.”

“Brilliant and easy to read. I wish I had read this before having my first. It just makes sense – I highly recommend it.”

Rachel’s Facebook Live videos hosted by ‘Mother & Baby’

Rachel writing in the media

Mother & Baby
Here to Help: SLEEP

Gurgle
Why does your baby cry?

Easy Parenting
Sleep Little Baby

Mother & Baby
Here to Help: EATING 

Gurgle
PREGNANCY: what you may not expect

Women’s Way
Ask the expert: soothing your baby

Mother & Baby
Mucus plug: What is it and what does it mean?

Mail Online
Is this proof a Caesarean makes it harder to bond with your baby?

YAHOO! Style
Peter Andre’s wife feels guilty for not spotting her baby’s tongue-tie sooner, but what is the common condition?

The Irish News
Do what comes naturally when it comes to soothing baby

Independent
A Midwife’s Guide: what women need to know about giving birth

YAHOO! Style
Vagina ice pops are here to ease the pain of childbirth

Mother & Baby
Raspberry leaf tea in pregnancy: what you need to know

 Mother & Baby
What does it mean when your baby’s head is engaged?

Rachel’s blog posts

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The Anniversary - Part 2

Here, to celebrate the first anniversary of the launch of my book, is the second part of my gift of the first chapter (see March 2018 blog post for part 1): YOUR BABY SKIN TO SKIN Chapter 1 (continued) Coming into the World: Your Highly Evolved…
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The Anniversary - Part 1

To celebrate the first anniversary of the launch of my book, my March & April blogs will be a gift of the first chapter: YOUR BABY SKIN TO SKIN Chapter 1 Coming into the World: Your Highly Evolved Baby Reaching back … Some days…
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Giving up the white stuff (when they no longer want to booble)

I was contemplating my second birth last night. The reason for my reverie was that I suddenly realised that it was Pancake Day and I hadn’t had a pancake - my brain was obviously nudging me in a carb-deprived way! Twenty-nine years ago…
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Biting the hand that feeds you!

As I settled down to tuck into my first (but very much NOT my last) mince pie of the Christmas season, a message pinged into my WhatsApp folder like a cheery little festive jingle. “Help!” ... all my work messages start that way ... “My…