Just Launched: Join our new, Calm and Confident Birth Programme

Empowering Birth Workers, Enriching Birth Journeys.

ZEST is a one-stop, vibrant community of the most highly skilled Midwives, MaMas, Doulas and Student midwives nationwide. Join us as a professional or search for your perfect birth professional in our directory.

Just Launched!

Join our Calm & Confident Birth Programme

A complete programme including empowering pregnancy, labour and birth preparation sessions.

Join a Birth Worker Q&A

If you’re a birth worker interested to hear more about Zest join a Q&A to learn more.

Become Zest Certified

Join our ever growing community of highly skilled birth workers.

Who are ZEST?

ZEST is a unique co-creation to reclaim true autonomous Independent Midwifery practice and the facilitation of physiological birth choices.
We believe continuity of care is key within midwifery and birthing practice.

For Professionals

ZEST welcomes UK registered NMC Midwives and MaMas (Midwife and Mother’s Assistants), which can include doulas, student midwives, and experienced birth support workers. We have a range of registration options and packages to suit your needs including for students and newly qualified midwives too.

Registrants receive ZEST’s exclusive Mandatory Practical Training called ‘Safe and Skilled at Home,’ (Community Birth Challenges: A Multi-Disciplinary Team Approach)© alongside a whole host of other training and benefits.

For Families

At Zest, we understand the profound significance of the journey to parenthood. Whether you’re expecting your first child or adding to your growing family, finding the right midwife or MaMa can make all the difference. Expect unparalleled support and care tailored to your unique needs and preferences throughout your journey.

Are you ready to find the perfect birth worker for your family? In just a few clicks, you can connect with professionals who align with your values & vision for childbirth.
Let us support you every step of the way.

“I joined ZEST to be able to offer the full continuum of care, be truly autonomous and provide individualised, client centered care where they are the lead at the decision making around the care they want to receive.”
debbie - independent midwife of the north
Debbie – Independent Midwife of the North

A Sustainable Professional Practice

“We share the common sadness that is currently permeating through midwifery, that there is something desperately wrong at the core of the profession. Low morale and record high levels of stress, pressure, physical and mental health issues are being reported by our maternity colleagues. 
We believe it is time to take a deep breath, press the reset button and reclaim true midwifery care for both practitioners and for the people who want and deserve to feel safe, special and empowered on their journey into parenthood.”

The ZEST Team

zest midwives - meet your midwife

Our Values

At ZEST, our key values form the basis of who we are and how we operate. We empower and educate all members of the birthing community enabling you to have real autonomy and the birthing people to make informed choices every step of the way.
From pregnancy, birth, postnatal care and beyond.


is for Compassionate


is for Accountable


is for Respect


is for Everyone Counts

Why Zest?

ZEST is committed to working with and for our registrants and their clients. Our focus is always on the maintenance of safe practice, effective communication, gold standard care. Our ethos and philosophy is based on equitable and trusting relationships with those who become part of the ZEST family.

Our promise is that all ZEST registered practitioners feel valued, respected and supported. We believe that this facilitates their clients to have a real voice and to be at the centre of their own care.

working together with Zest Midwives

Key benefits of joining Zest:

Comprehensive Level 3 ZEST Safeguarding© (Children and Adults) is included in your registration.
Exclusive in-person Mandatory Practical Training (MPT) on “Safe and Skilled at Home – Community Birth Challenges.”© In person event, held at locations in both the North & South of England. 
You and your clients are assured of the ZEST KQSC support and advocacy as required.
ZEST well-being support includes online monthly Wellness Wednesday sessions and weekly yoga classes.
Full access to the ZEST Family community forum for networking, engagement, discussion, peer support and more.
Inclusion in the exclusive ZEST directory for advertising.
Quarterly learning and growing forums for discussions on key initiatives and opportunities.
Unlimited advocacy and support from the ZEST team and so much more…

We are on our collaborative journey to welcoming over 200 ZEST registrants in 2024…

Our Founders

ZEST was born by midwives and holistic practitioners who wanted to create a new approach to midwifery practice. Focusing on continuity of care, autonomous practice, client led care, education and training to enable physiological birth choices for all.

Tracy Thomas Zest Director

Tracy Thomas

Director of Midwifery

Tracy is a registered practicing midwife with over 25 years of experience. She has held senior leadership roles within both the private sector and the NHS. Tracy offers advocacy and support to the ZEST community of midwives and MaMas. She created many of our Training Programmes including the “MPT©” exclusive ZEST Training.

Katy Shay

Director of Health and Wellbeing 

With 25 years of running a thriving homeopathy practice, and a background in agricultural zoology and tropical medicine, Katy brings expertise in many complementary therapies. These include yoga, nutrition, relaxation, mindfulness, and sound bath therapy. She provides gentle holistic care.
She is also a trained MaMa (doula).

Start your journey with Zest

For Birth Workers

Start your journey with ZEST today and explore our unique packages & options, opening you up to a whole new world of midwifery practice.

For Families

Visit our directory of ZEST registered midwives & birth workers to find your perfect birthing partner. Filter by location, birth service and more.

The Numbers Behind Our Success

Delve into the data that underscores our achievements and growth at ZEST.


ZEST Community Members so far


Natural Vaginal Birth Rate

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