About Us

Helping pregnant women in Hong Kong through pregnancy, birth and beyond for 20 years. 

Annerley (formerly Annerley Community Midwifery Services and Annerley Midwives) is a small, privately run clinic that has been operating since 1995, when a British midwife, Ann Illingworth, set it up after resigning as a sister in charge of the Matilda International Hospital Maternity Unit. Since then, the clinic has grown and now has 10 members of staff - midwives, obstetrician (OBGYN), nurses and extremely valuable admin staff.


The midwives and doctors at Annerley offer unique and invaluable support throughout your pregnancy, birth and beyond - weather you are going through the public or the private system in Hong Kong. The aim of the support is to offer non-biased information relevant to your pregnancy to help you to know what type of experience you are hoping for, how to utilise and navigate the systems with professional support of midwives. Contact us for details.


All our services, consultation, courses and clinical advice are research based and based on international guidelines as the NICE guidelines and World Health Organizations guidelines on maternal, reproductive and women's health -  and child health.

Hulda Thorey, Director and founder

registered nurse, R.N. (iceland)
registered midwife, R.M. cand.obst. (iceland)
registered midwife, R.M. (hong kong
hulda@annerley.com.hk
mob: 6291-7400

Hulda specializes is continuous midwifery care during pregnancy, although most of her day is spent doing antenatal clinics and consultations for parents to prepare for birth and the baby.  She runs pregnancy classes, cares for women in labour at home, and clinic and consultation in the office.  Hulda also guides parents who are new to Hong Kong, or newly pregnant, about how best to go about their care and support whilst pregnant or as new parents.

Hulda works closely with families to ensure they have realistic expectations of the birthing process and life with a new baby. Her warm and practical approach has made her invaluable to many families in Hong Kong on their first, second or even third babies.  Hulda´s passion for natural birth is well known around town, but she also cares for parents with higher-risk pregnancies and births, coming from a background in Iceland where her mentors were specialists in making each birth a unique experience, regardless of circumstances.

Hulda has been a guest spot on RTHK where she gave advice to local parents.  She works within private and public healthcare systems in HK and is a guest lecturer at the Hong Kong School of Midwifery in the Prince of Wales Hospital.  In addition to this, she regularly attends and speaks at international conferences bringing the latest techniques and information back to Hong Kong for our benefit.   She is a valued member of the Hong Kong obstetric network and recently was a speaker at Hong Kong´s FOCUS conference, amongst other midwives and obstetricians from around the world.

Hulda is the mother of four children, two of which were born in Hong Kong.  Hulda has tried many different varieties of relaxation and pain management treatments, including medical and all-natural ones and has a very recent experience of going through labour and giving birth in the most natural and enjoyable way.   "Having had the best possible support during my own births and experiencing first hand how important this is, I decided to become a midwife in 1998.  Ever since then, it has been my passion to be of similar support to others".  

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Dr. Robert Stevenson

MBChB (Manc), RGCOG

FHKCOG, FHKAM

Robert was born and brought up in Manchester, England apart from a three year period at school in Cape Town in the Republic of South Africa. He studied medicine at the Victoria University of Manchester and graduated Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery in July 1982. His interest in obstetrics and gynaecology was stimulated early on in his career and he became a member of the Royal college of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 1987. Post-membership training was undertaken in South Africa and Manchester.

He first came to work in private practice in Hong Kong in 1991 and his family and him continue to enjoy living and working here. He has been employed at International Doctors Limited since 1995 as a Specialist in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, offering Minimal Access Surgery, Infertility, Cervical pathology and obstetrical care and joining Annerley early in 2017. His special interest is the investigation and treatment of endometriosis.

He is a Fellow of the Hong Kong College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and has been elected as a Foundation Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine (Obstetrics and Gynaecology). This Academy has been set up with the purpose of accrediting specialists in Hong Kong.

During the last 5 years he has set up the out-patient endoscopy units at the Matilda and Hong Kong Adventist Hospitals and have had a major role in organizing the Minimal Access Surgery capability at the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital. Robert is passionate about midwife lead care and to support women who choose to go public as well as private for their births, the Nexus support package is designed by him and Hulda our head midwife.

He has submitted his experience in hysteroscopic surgery and laparoscopic surgery to the Accreditation Council for Gynaecologic Endoscopy in USA for assessment and this has been examined and found satisfactory for membership.

This qualification is recognized by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology as qualifying for sub-specialty training in Minimal Access Surgery. 

He was a Deputy Chief of Service-Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital from January 2011until July 2015.

In 2013 he completed a Masters degree in Gynaecological Endosopic Surgery at the University of Surrey, Guilford, UK.

His latest hobby is surf skiing. We are delighted to have Robert as a key member in our team.


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Susan Pollard - registered midwife (HK, UK)
Teacher higher professional education UK
Lactation consultant IBCLC
I.T.E.C diploma holistic massage
Holds A.L.S.O. certificate
sue@annerley.com.hk
mob: 6900-9569


Susan is a UK trained midwife with nearly 9 years experience, eight of which were gained in the UK, and a final one at Matilda International Hospital on Victoria Peak. She has recently, again, passed her Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics and previous experience includes working in both hospital and community settings with final three years in the UK being at a Stand Alone Birthing Centre. She has a broad experience in midwifery and we are very pleased to have her as a valuable member of our team. 


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Michelle Resco

registered nurse, R.N. (UK)
registered midwife, R.M. (UK, HK)
Lactation consultant IBLCE

michelle@annerley.com.hk

mob: 6795 3135

Michelle has a wide experience in nursing and in midwifery care, and, for the past 17 years, has worked as a midwife both in hospital and healthcare in UK and Hong Kong, taking care of woman during pregnancy, birth and postpartum.  

"It is fantastic and really a privilege to be able to work with the woman and her family through the whole childbearing process."  

Michelle is a mother of two children and lives with her family in Discovery bay. We are also delighted to have her here with us;  we will be benefiting from her extensive skill-set as well as her calm and gentle approach.

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Ailish Cotton -- Client Relationship Manager

3D/4D ultrasound

BSc physics with medical physics (uk)
BSc diagnostic radiography (uk)

ailish@annerley.com.hk 
Ailish qualified as a diagnostic radiographer in the UK and worked within the NHS before upping sticks and moving to Singapore with her teacher husband in 1998. She practised in Mount Elizabeth Hospital before having three children in quick succession. After moving to HK in 2005, she was very involved in the running of a kindergarten and playgroup in Sai Kung before joining Annerley and is delighted to now be instrumental in allowing parents to "meet" their babies for the first time with 3D/4D ultrasound. As the Client Relationship Manager she may also be the one who gives you a call to ask how you're doing on your pregnancy journey and she will help you with all your queries. In her spare time, Ailish loves to talk, eat, cook, bake, and sing and can occasionally be persuaded to play her fiddle.
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Beth Errington

Office manager
info@annerley.com.hk
mob: 6778-0207
Level 3 Diploma in nursing and midwifery

Beth has a natural passion for maternity and health care. She has gained a deep understanding of good maternity support through hands-on work experience at Mother´s choice, Hands On Hong Kong and Pathfinders. Beth is a problem solver and a key member of the Annerley team. Beth is in the front row of communication with clients is an expert on making sure the complicated schedule works for everybody.


 

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Tamara Quinn - Obstetric Nurse

hypnobirthing® instructor
former obstetric nurse (canada)

tamara@annerley.com.hk

Tamara is a Canadian trained obstetric nurse who joined Annerley in 2007 following her career in Canada, where she gained her degree in nursing in 2001.

After working in hospital programmes in Canada where usual methods to cope with pain were offered, Tamara found herself wanting to learn more about natural birth and how to inspire women to feel more in control during labour.   She therefore undertook training in Hypnobirthing when she came to Hong Kong, and has since then been guiding parents through this process to prepare for their births.Tamara is also involved in early labour care at home, postnatal homevisits and breathing classes, staying true to our Annerley ideal of continuity of care.

Tamara lives with her growing family in Discovery Bay where many of our clients get to enjoy her enthusiasm and guidance with breastfeeding and parenting. She is the mother of two little boys and having tested the Hypnobirthing and Hong Kong hospital system first hand, she now appreciates even more what an amazing  journey pregnancy and parenting is.  

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Allison Heiliczer - Psychotherapist, Consultant

MA counseling psychology (aus)
MA cultural studies and management (usa)
BSc nutrition (usa)
member of hk institute of analytical psychology

Australian Counselling Association

The Gottman Institute: Level 1 & 2, Couples & Addiction Recovery, Making

Marriages Work

ah@annerley.com.hk

Allison Heiliczer is a psychotherapist from New York City. She moved to Hong Kong with her husband six years ago. Allison's travels throughout the world have cultivated a profound appreciation for the common threads binding women throughout marriage, pregnancy, and motherhood. Since her own pregnancy and natural birth, aided by the wonderful women at Annerley, she became passionate about counseling and empowering women throughout pregnancy and beyond. She is focused on helping women clarify their feelings, thoughts, and goals before getting pregnant, during pregnancy, and after giving birth. In counseling clients, Allison helps co-create ideas that encourage women to have the confidence to achieve their goals. Additionally, Allison focuses her counseling work on couples. She is deeply interested in understanding the unique language each couple speaks and recognizing the partners' path(s). Using this information, Allison not only helps couples to elucidate their strengths, weaknesses, and goals but also works towards crystallizing a way forward.Allison holds a bachelor's and master's from NYU (U.S.A.) and a second master's from Monash University (Australia). She is also at work on her first book.
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Jennifer Halley (D.Hyp, M.A.E.P.H., HBCE)

HypnoFertility® therapist

HypnoBirthing® instructor

Hypnotherapist

info@annerley.com.hk

 
Originally from Australia, Jennifer is a Registered Hypnotherapist and HypnoBirthing® instructor.
Focusing on Hypnotherapy for Fertility and birthing, she works with couples going through fertility issues and particularly IVF, and also working on creating a wonderful birthing experience for mums to be, by preparing them mentally for the challenges ahead.
She is passionate about giving women the birth they want, through self empowerment and removing any blocks to fertility or the birthing process.
As part of the Annerley team, she has extensive experience working alongside the best midwives in Hong Kong.

From clients:
"My sessions with Jennifer were wonderful. Her voice and approach made me relax straight away and my whole outlook changed over night. I have been telling all my friends that this a must have treatment for anyone trying for a baby. I just can't believe I didn't try it sooner."

"Just a quick note to thank you for the hypnotherapy sessions over the past few months. I have found myself feeling a lot more positive and those issues that once clouded my mind with negativity and distracted me from getting on with life and being happy have been resolved. I feel an overwhelming sense of closure and feel this is the start to a more abundant and peaceful beginning for myself, my husband and our future children. On a personal note, I really enjoyed our sessions and your warm and calming disposition certainly attracted me to you over other practitioners I have met. I felt safe with you and able to completely share my feelings openly.  I have recommended many of my friends and know that they will benefit from seeing you also."Many thanks, Lauren P

''I had never before received any hypno therapy treatments and really didn't know what to expect. The experience and treatment has been very professional from beginning to finish! From the initial greeting, explanation of the process and assessment of what exactly should be adressed, Jennifer has been extremely welcoming, attentive and courteous. The actual hypnotherapy sessions have all been conducted with utmost care and Jennifer's sensibility and intuition are really shining throughout the entire process. I felt that each session has been completely tailormade & adapted to my current situations and needs. There is a true build up within the entity of sessions combined and Jennifer's follow up is exemplary indeed. Needless to say that after each session I felt utterly relaxed, refreshed and amplified in my quest for inner peace and conquering of my specific challenges at hand. I have been recommending Jennifer's services wholeheartedly to several of my close friends already and each time I am really looking forward to the sessions with her!...if all therapists and healers were as professional and gifted as Jennifer is, this world would be a very healthy and lightfilled place!" Thank you! C.H.

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Joyce Moir

registered nurse, R.N. (canada)

Joyce is a Canadian Registered nurse with 20years experience working in all areas of hospital inpatient and community nursing. A great deal of her skills stem from a strong background in Emergency nursing and teaching. She has a sound knowledge in CPR and Automated external defibrillation use and theory.

Joyce moved to Hong Kong in 2008, she has two children aged 4 and 1. Both children were born here in Hong Kong where she had her first and very pleasant experience in the public health system.

She has chosen the nursing profession as it has given her the freedom to explore many different areas along her career. Following the birth of her first child, Joyce felt that she missed her passion and went back to work as a critical care air ambulance nurse, and CPR instructor for an international operation based in Hong Kong.

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