Freya & Jake
Freya & Jake Mahal are the passion that drives Expecting Antenatal Classes. Freya qualified as a midwife in 2005 and set up Expecting in 2010. Freya has journeyed with hundreds of families through the Expecting course and beyond – check out what some of them have to say.
Freya has two children. She considers being a midwife and a mum to be a privilege. As a practising midwife for the NHS, she’s passionate about realistic antenatal education and has seen first-hand how it makes a difference.
Within the NHS Freya practises part-time clinically and has also worked within ‘practice development’, delivering teaching to midwives and ensuring that staff training is up to date as well as developing new and creative ways to keep such training up to date. Freya has also lectured student midwives as they have gone through their university training.
Freya’s passion for midwifery does not just lie in the UK. In 2005 she spent nearly a month in Uganda working with midwives, with a charity called International Needs. Her involvement with this charity has led to two further trips to Uganda and a growing interest in their building of a maternity unit in Burkina Faso. Through Expecting, Freya is able to support the development of this project and hopes to take a team of Expecting host midwives out there in the future!
Alongside managing the technical side of the business, which is not his natural ‘go-to’, Jake spends a lot of time working in developing nations; often helping some of the most disadvantaged people groups in the world to help themselves out of poverty. Jake is passionate about seeing whole families working together to create regenerative communities. Freya joins Jake in this work and is able to come alongside the families Jake encounters and give valuable input with her Midwifery experience.
As well as being passionate about their family and work, Freya & Jake also love travelling, cooking, working-out, long walks & catching up with friends over a decent cup of coffee or glass of wine (and copious amounts of dark chocolate)!
All of our midwives at Expecting Antenatal Classes are professional midwives currently practising in the NHS. All of our midwives are passionate about both high quality antenatal education as well as creating community. This ensures that you are getting the best possible service that is often not available with other antenatal classes; many of which are not run by midwives, don’t offer a supportive community context or can be highly priced. We are not a profit driven business, we prioritise great care as well as being able to facilitate our midwives doing what they love most.