Ellie Raynor

I am a qualified Obstetrician and Gynaecologist working full time for the NHS in Devon, Antenatal and Hypnobirthing Teacher and founder of The Maternity Collective.

After obtaining my Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree from the University of Exeter, I have worked across multiple hospitals within the South-West and have achieved my full Membership Qualification to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (MRCOG). I have specialist interests in antenatal care and the safe management of labour and birth and have recently been selected to undertake a 1-year secondment to NHS Resolution to work as part of the Early Notification Team dealing with maternity litigation claims. I am passionate about clinical education and have achieved a Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education from Cardiff University and have been recognised for my teaching ability as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). I am also a Federation of Antenatal Educators Accredited Instructor (FEDANT) and am the UK’s only practicing Obstetrician who also teaches Hypnobirthing. I have previously undertaken a South-West regional Health Services Improvement Fellowship, working on projects aimed at developing new services and care models within maternity care. As part of this fellowship, I achieved a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Services Improvement with Distinction from the University of Exeter and was awarded the Dean Commendation for my work.

I am passionate about combining my knowledge and experience in Obstetrics, Medical Education and Health Services Improvement and have launched a company focused on this, The Maternity Collective, of which I am the sole Director. I have developed a range of high quality, expert-led antenatal and birth education programs that allow expectant parents to feel empowered to make informed choices right for them and completely prepared for every eventuality. Our innovative and unique course is designed to ensure all methods of birth are supported and that parents receive the most up to date, accurate and evidence-based information available to them from a range of different experts. Our course is accessible both in groups and online and during the Covid-19 pandemic when NHS classes were cancelled and parents had limited antenatal support, I offered our courses for free, to ensure as many parents were supported as possible. To date, The Maternity Collective classes have now been undertaken by more than 4500 expectant parents with fantastic feedback and countless positive pregnancy and birth experiences. I have continued to innovate and have now developed new courses and a new range of Positive Pregnancy and Birth Affirmation Cards that support and promote both physical and emotional wellbeing during pregnancy and am donating a percentage of the profits of these products to charity.