Regina is an independent midwife and mother based in Enfield. She adores her job, and her ability to give the mothers she meets the confidence to do what their bodies are capable of. Since starting her midwifery training she has never looked back. “It’s one of the most rewarding things you can ever do, to help somebody to welcome a baby into the world,” Regina tells.
Film Maker: Emily Rimmer
Questions & Answers
- What's your first memory of London? I remember arriving in London at the end of July 1992 and being amazed at the green spaces. I’d always imagined London to be a concrete jungle.
- What do you miss when you're away from London? I miss the accessibility the most. We have 24 hour shops and transport and tend to take this for granted.
- What's your favourite neighbourhood? Although I work all over London I don’t really spend much time anywhere else other than Enfield. I’ve lived in Enfield for 20 years I’m someone that likes familiarity, so I’m most comfortable here.
- What's your favourite building? I have two favourites, Liberty’s and St Pancras Station
- What's your ideal day out in London? I’d probably start off at Borough Market for breakfast, then a little wander around before heading to an exhibition finished off with an alcoholic afternoon tea in The Library at County Hall
- What's your ideal night out in London? I love Soho at night, I’d start with the theatre followed by dinner at Ceviche then probably head off to Ronnie Scotts (and loads of vodka)
- What's your most hated building? Oooh, I can’t decide between the very drab Southbank Centre or the giant tent that is The O2
- What's the best view in London? It’s got to be from Ally Pally. Amazing views all over London.
- What's your favourite open space? Love Trent Park and Forty Hall. You can wander in the woods for hours
- What's your favourite bar, pub or restaurant? Anywhere that will serve great vegetarian food and preferably welcome dogs so I can take Daisy my Yorkie.
- What's the most interesting shop? I love independent shops and second hand shops. You get amazing variety in independent shops, plus you’re supporting the owner of the store rather than share owners behind big chains. I also find it very interesting browsing through things that people no longer want and some amazing treasures to be found.
- What's been your most memorable night out in London? It has to be going to see Prince at the Roundhouse in Camden. Completely unplanned, I turned up on my own on the off chance they would still have tickets, best spontaneous thing I ever did.
- How would you like to spend your ideal day off in London? Friends and family mean the world to me so a day spent with them and my gorgeous Daisy.
- Where would you take someone visiting from out of town? I think Camden Town, browsing all the stalls in the market, followed by a cruise on the canal in one of those lovely boats that include a meal. I’d end the day with a trip to the theatre, we have such an amazing variety of shows in London.
- What's the worst journey you've had to make in London? My worst journey was driving from my home in Enfield to a birth in Holland Park, my stress levels were through the roof. I hit every single red traffic light, of course the baby was born before either myself or the ambulance arrived. Dad was the happiest man in the world, luckily we’d had a chat about what to do if baby arrived so quickly.
- What's your personal London landmark? When I work outside London driving along the M25 and seeing the signpost for either junction 24 or 25 depending on the direction I’m coming from always means I’m home and I’m in London.
- Who's your favourite fictional Londoner? Oh I love Del Boy, always ducking and diving, he never gives up.
- What's your favourite London film, book or documentary? Nil by Mouth (Gary Oldman)
- If you could travel to any time period in London, past or future, where would you go? I’d love to travel back to the late 60’s early 70’s I think so many interesting changes were occurring around that time.
- For you, who is the ultimate Londoner? Oh, that’s easy Robert Elms, he has an amazing knowledge of London