DR. JACQUELINE BAMFO Consultant Obstetrician, Subspecialist in Maternal Fetal Medicine MBBS BSc DFFP, MRCOG MD (Res) RCR/RCOG Diploma in Obstetric Ultrasound
Dr Bamfo is a skilled Consultant Obstetrician with Subspecialist accreditation in Maternal and Fetal Medicine. In her current practice at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation, she is Clinical Lead for both Fetal Medicine and Antenatal Screening. She provides expert scanning of woman and unborn babies where there has been a concern during the pregnancy and prenatal diagnosis as part of her specialist Fetal Medicine clinics. She has implemented a pivotal pre-term birth screening service as part of her Consultant-led care provision for mothers with ‘enhanced risk’ factors. She is a caring and compassionate Obstetrician and believes passionately in providing world informed class care to parents-to-be and (of course!) their babies.
Dr Bamfo’s qualifications include her graduate certificate from Imperial College School of Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology specialist training in London and Manchester, and experience practicing at many prestigious hospitals throughout the UK, including (but not limited to) the Chelsea and Westminster, Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea, Royal Free, Barnet, University College and Kings College, London. Dr Bamfo’s interest in Fetal Medicine started during her medical student placement at Yale University (Connecticut, USA). She gained valuable experience undertaking a 3 year research fellowship at Harris Birthright Research Centre for Fetal Medicine, Kings College (supervised by world renowned Fetal Medicine pioneer Professor Kypros Nicolaides) and subsequently obtained her Doctor of Medicine (MD) Research at the University of London.
She has also completed Sub-speciality training in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Central Manchester University Hospital, and Fetal Medicine Foundation competencies in nuchal translucency and cervical length measurement.
Dr Bamfo is well published in peer-review journals. For almost 10 years she was a Trainee Editor at the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and has reviewed for the Journal of International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ISUOG). She attends pertinent international conferences and continues to participate in research studies (her research interests are hypertensive diseases of pregnancy, fetal growth restriction, preterm birth and large babies). She is a keen teacher and organises local scan courses for other medical professionals. List of publications (hyperlinks)
As well as enjoying her career, Dr Bamfo also enjoys her family time and is mother to a lovely little boy - she knows first hand how important your babies are to you….
When you come to Aster Baby, you can be sure that you will get the best of the best when it comes to skill, expertise and care – an unrivalled service you will not find elsewhere in the region. List of publications (hyperlinks)
Tracey McGrath registered midwife
Tracey McGrath is a registered midwife with over 12 years experience. She trained at the Whittington Hospital in Highgate where she learned to appreciate the value of continuity of carer during pregnancy. To be truly 'with woman', building a trusting relationship is a wonderful way to practice midwifery.
In 2008 she joined the Luton and Dunstable Foundation Trust as a Labour Ward midwife.
Midwifery is a wonderful profession that has over the years fed my mind and my soul. She is passionate about preparing families for pregnancy and birth to ensure they have as positive an experience as possible; that they feel in control and able to make informed choices every step of the way.
Sometimes, for a variety of reasons pregnancies do not have a happy ending. This is an area of midwifery that is not often discussed but it is one that she has a significant interest in.
In 2015 she began to work on building a bereavement service within Maternity that was holistic and family centred and in the Summer of 2016 formally took the role of Bereavement Midwife.
As well as working with this clinic to prepare families for pregnancy, birth and the immediate postnatal period as new parents, she also practice as an independent Bereavement Midwife. In this capacity she is available to support families through pregnancy after loss – a time when families may need extra support, advice and guidance.
Lynne Norman registered midwife
Lynne Norman is a registered midwife currently practicing in the NHS. She is a passionate childbirth educator with a particular interest in ‘normalising the abnormal’.
Lynne achieved a first class (with honours) degree in midwifery with the University of Bedfordshire, and later trained in hypnobirthing with Katherine Graves of KG Hypnobirthing.
Her interest in midwifery stemmed both from her grandfather – who was a well-known and respected GP in a rural area of Scotland – and from becoming a mother herself to two daughters. She is an animal lover who fosters cats for the RSPCA, often overseeing the labour process in cats and helping them to support their kittens. Lynne lives in Ampthill with her husband and daughters.
Nicola was an experienced midwife in the NHS until very recently. currently she is a busy mother of one who works from home as a writer across several medical, midwifery and lifestyle forums. She has had written work published over multiple fields and presents her own poetry and prose at midwifery conferences. She is also busy growing baby number two.
Nicola graduated with a 1st class midwifery degree (Bsc Hons) in 2011 but also previously undertook another degree in English Literature, and a third in Journalism and Public Relations (Both 1st class certification).
As a midwife, Nicola is passionate about empowering women and their families throughout pregnancy, birth and life as new parents; ensuring they receive as much information as they need to plan and choose their care mindfully.
She believes that every woman has a right to make informed choices about what happens to her body, and that being forearmed with the right knowledge makes this a whole lot easier to achieve.
She is very driven to ensure that the woman’s chosen support network (be it ‘Daddy’, ‘mummy number two’ or a relative) also receives as much support as it is possible to provide, throughout the childbirth journey.
Nicola loves teaching and learning, and has been published/peer reviewed in professional journals. In addition to her experience as a community midwife, delivery suite midwife and induction/ward midwife she also has had extensive experience working with ‘high risk’ pregnancy in Antenatal Clinic (in conjunction with Consultant-led / shared care).
Her special areas of interest include parental Mental Health, antenatal screening and supporting parents through ‘bad news’ on the screening pathway.
Nicola also has a particular interest in helping women and their families to reflect on previous birth trauma, in order to help make life (or a subsequent pregnancy) a little less fraught.
Maureen Briggs Holistic Therapist, specialising in Reflexology
RM, MAR, VTEC
Maureen Briggs career began as a nurse, followed by midwifery training. She has practised as a midwife for many years locally and providing holistic care to women and their families gathered my interest into training as a holistic therapist.
She became a member of the association of reflexologists in 2003 (MAR), she also subsequently trained in other alternative therapies.
She has worked at Keech Hospice providing reflexology to patients and families and currently she is providing a wellbeing day for staff at the local hospital.
Reflexology is a specific pressure technique applied to the feet where all the internal structures and organs are mapped or mirrored in miniature. It is a simple non-invasive treatment which helps the body to maintain a delicate balance between the nine systems. Skelital, Muscular, Neurological, Respiratory, Digestive, Endocrine, Urinary,and Reproductive.
All these systems work together in harmony and unison to keep the body in good health.
Reflex points corresponding to systems are treated to enhance energy flow encouraging the body to balance and heal and systems to work in unison again.
Reflexology can help aid relaxation, improve mood, release tension, and enhance sleep. These can help improve general wellbeing to be able to cope with stresses that life can bring.
Maureen enjoys providing this ancient art of Reflexology as a complementary therapy and enabling the body to balance and heal itself.
She welcomes you to her therapeutic and calming clinic environment.