7 March 2021|Latest Posts, Meet the Successful Founder
Dr Ellie Rayner is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist working full time for the NHS in Devon and founder of The Maternity Collective. After obtaining her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree from the University of Exeter she has worked across multiple hospitals within the South-West and has achieved her full Membership Qualification to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. She has specialist interests in antenatal care and the safe management of labour and birth. She is passionate about clinical education and has achieved a Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education and has been recognised for her teaching ability as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is also a Federation of Antenatal Educators Accredited Instructor (FEDANT) and is the UK’s only Obstetrician who also teaches Hypnobirthing.
She has 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, she achieved a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Services Improvement with Distinction and was awarded the Dean Commendation for her work. She is passionate about combining her knowledge and experience in Obstetrics, Medical Education and Health Services Improvement to develop high quality, expert-led antenatal classes that allow expectant parents to feel empowered to make informed choices right for them and completely prepared for every eventuality. The Maternity Collective classes have now been undertaken by more than 4500 expectant parents with fantastic feedback and countless positive pregnancy and birth experiences.
What would you love to share to encourage other women to start their own business?
I absolutely love that starting my own company has meant that I can lead the change that I want to see and know so many others will appreciate. So many times I have been restricted by other peoples opinions, values and work ethic and it’s exciting to be able to do things the way you know they should and not be limited by anyone else. It’s hard having all the responsibility to make decisions, but if you have vision for what you want to achieve and why it will be beneficial and worthwhile in the end.
What are your top 5 tips for entrepreneurial success?
Do something, however small, towards your long term goal everyday.
Constantly innovate and diversify
Always remain true to your/your brands core values/ethos
Harness your uniqueness
Believe in yourself
Who are the 5 women who inspire you the most?
Dr Dame Hilda Nora LlyodIna
Duchess of Cambridge
What is your favourite saying/inspirational quote?
“Educate a mother, educate a family.”
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