About Us

My name is Iona Hughes; I am a registered midwife with extensive experience in both the NHS and private sectors. I qualified with a 1st BSc Hons in Midwifery with a distinction awarded by Professor Robert Winston at Sheffield Hallam University. I have spent the majority of my career working in central London. I have now moved back home to the North East where I continue my practice.

I am the proud owner of Window to the Womb & FirstScan which is a private diagnostic baby clinic providing reassurance to mothers and families from 6 weeks to 40 weeks.

My interests are in promoting normality, health and psychosocial aspects of maternity care, infant feeding, Tongue Tie division, health inequalities, complex care pathways and obstetric and neonatal emergencies. 

My philosophy is that with improved, reliable, more holistic and client-led care, your experience is more likely to be a positive one.  My approach is to encourage you to be fully informed and in control. If, at whatever stage of your journey into motherhood you feel you would like support, you will find my service geared entirely to focusing on you and your family, ensuring as much as possible your ownership of your feeding. I aim to offer full support to help you to breastfeed or bottle-feed successfully by supporting the needs of both Mother and Baby.

  • I am registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council

  • I am a member of the Royal College of Midwives 

  • I am a member of Unison

  • I am registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC)

  • The Association of Tongue-tie Practitioners (ATP) 

  • I am fully insured with Hiscox Insurance Company Ltd

Our Practice Values

  • Holistic, caring, reassuring, unrushed approach.

  • Informed evidenced based practice

What Should Parents Look For When Choosing A Tongue-tie Practitioner?

  • Clinical expertise, extended competency in treating all variants of Tongue Tie, and treatment of recurrent Tongue Tie

  • Thorough explanation of the benefits, risks, and alternatives to Frenulotomy

  • Thorough informed consent process which includes information on how to deal with post-surgical complications

  • Ready availability of practitioner for post-surgical follow-up and to offer telephone advice and support


CQC regulates Tongue Tie North East to provide care at Tongue Tie North East.

We haven't inspected this service yet.

We checked this service was likely to be safe, effective, caring, responsible, and well-led during registration.