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

We’re on a mission to transform the approach to midwifery.

Empowering midwives, birth workers and their clients…

By providing a new, robust and sustainable model with midwifery led systems and processes which upholds true autonomous practice.

Our Journey So Far…

ZEST was born by midwives and holistic practitioners who wanted
a new approach to midwifery.
Our mission is to transform the maternity journey for birthing people, midwives and birth workers, recognising everyone’s human right to be treated as unique and special.

“We have listened and talked with many midwives about their passion and the ongoing challenges they are currently facing. These conversations have provided the foundations to create a way of providing and accessing a new, sustainable and fulfilling way of practice for ZEST registrants and real choice for clients.”

Our Promise

We promise to support every midwife, every student, every birth worker, every parent, every baby and their families with our unique collaborative approach to care.

Professional Practice

We uphold professional practice at all times while remaining human in our care values. Safety and quality of care is paramount.

Thriving Community

We uphold and nurture our ZEST community offering ongoing support and advocacy. ZEST members are supportive of each other.

Authentic, Caring Culture

Care and Kindness is at the epicentre of everything we do. Caring for birth workers, enabling them to offer the best client care.

Our Values

Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Inclusivity are at the heart of our business.
Care and Kindness offered to everyone, always.


is for Compassionate


is for Accountable


is for Respect


is for Everyone Counts

ZEST Culture

ZEST is committed to fostering a positive and respectful culture, where Birth Workers feel valued and empowered to perform their best work. Our culture is deeply rooted in open and reciprocal communication, as well as providing emotional and professional support from both the ZEST community and our team.

We prioritise creating an environment that nurtures the well-being of Birth Workers, promoting self-care and professional sustainability, ensuring you have the necessary resources and encouragement to thrive as an independent Birth Worker.


We prioritise a culture of mutual trust, respect, vulnerability and open communication.
We believe these conditions are vital for positive working environments, fostering genuine learning, growth, and teamwork.


A tailored service to midwives, birth workers and birthing people.
ZEST was specifically developed in direct response to the needs & desires expressed by midwives. We listen and respond to what’s needed in midwifery practice and care.


We believe thriving happens in a team. We encourage and support you to work as a team with local birth services and any other birth support in your client’s birth team. Our team supports you and your team, every step of the way.

Our Founders

ZEST directors Tracy Thomas and Katy Shay have known each other professionally and personally for 25 years. They are delighted that after many years of commitment to creating this model, they believe it is the perfect solution to autonomous, Independent Midwifery practice.

Tracy Thomas

Director of Midwifery

Katy Shay

Director of Health and Well-Being

Our passionate and dedicated team brings together a diverse range of skills and expertise to deliver exceptional results in the maternity world.

Elena Paperello - Midwife

At every turn the Zest team showed up and delivered. From putting together great training sessions to get us started, to listening to midwives, being responsive and supportive no matter the question.I never thought I would have the confidence to support clients with complex histories, and out of guidance plans as I started my IM practice but now I do thanks to the support of Zest!

Elena, Zest Registered Independent Midwife

Support, Collaboration and Community

Join our community of like-minded Birth Workers at ZEST, where experienced midwives and holistic practitioners are shaping a new maternity care paradigm.

ZEST is for Midwives and MaMas

ZEST welcomes UK registered NMC Midwives and MaMas, which can include doulas, student midwives, and experienced birth support workers. 

Facilitating True Independent Practice 

ZEST registration enables you to practise independently and autonomously, offering your clients real choice throughout the full continuum of care. 

Why Zest?

Zest is the gateway to insurance for independent midwives so they can operate independently and offer the full continuum of care. That’s not all we do though…

Why Choose Zest
Zest are championing relational care, through the continuity model.
We ensure all birth workers feel supported professionally and individually.
We are maintaining quality and safety to protect the access to the professional indemnity insurance which enables the midwives to provide the full continuum of care.
Reclaiming true midwifery with respect for the importance of the MDT approach.
We support our registrants so they are able to offer the best care for their clients.
We support student midwives in their journey.
We offer exclusive ZEST training to enable you to offer the best care possible. Including our Mandatory Practical Training (MPT) on “Safe and Skilled at Home – Community Birth Challenges.”© , ZEST Safeguarding© (Level 3) and much more…
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