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.

Your Baby Skin To Skin!

My new book, Your Baby Skin To Skin is out NOW! Covering your baby’s first year from the perspective of evolution, it 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.”

What the media is saying …

Rachel writing in the media

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?

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Ask Rachel - Using Bottles

On an almost daily basis, people introduce me as an independent midwife and lactation consultant when I would never describe myself as either! In fact, I struggle to describe myself in any particular way - some days I am like this, and some…

The Book Launch!

My cheeks are aching from full-on smiling and I have an unmistakable bounce in my step this week. After a year of really full-on work, my first book has finally launched and I have been partying! Two years ago I was mooching about the…

Routines

I sit here now, somewhat browner than the last time I put digit to keyboard, thinking back on my recent holiday to escape the long, UK winter. It tickles me that, even though I was many, many miles away from my home, I continued to hang onto…
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Ask Rachel - Sleep

There is, we are told, nothing new under the sun and, in my work, it seems to be true. Women worry when their baby sleeps too much and they worry when they sleep too little; they fret when their little one suckles all day and then fret all over…