Updated 16 June 2022
Frenulotomy is the division of ankyloglossia (tongue-tie) a condition where the strip of skin connecting the babies’ tongue to the floor of their mouth is shorter than usual which sometimes needs surgical intervention in order to release the tongue. The provider only carried out procedures on babies under six months and did not use any general or local anaesthesia.
Other services provided include breastfeeding support clinics and craniosacral therapy; however, we did not inspect these as they are not within our scope of registration. Nurturing Naturally Limited is solely owned by the registered manager who is also a registered midwife.
The registered manager provided a service for both breast and bottle fed infants up to the age of six months, who were experiencing difficulty with feeding because of a tongue-tie. The registered manager was qualified to provide a frenulotomy service for babies up to the age of nine months; however babies older than six months were referred to the NHS or other private practitioners. This was the first time the service had been inspected. The service had a registered manager but did not employ any other staff.
The provider was registered for the following regulated activity
- Surgical procedures
Please note that throughout the report the term primary care giver is used and refers to the person who holds parental responsibility for the baby. Persons who may have parental responsibility include-
- The child’s mother.
- The child’s father, if he was married to the mother at the time of the birth.
- Unmarried fathers if they have registered the child’s birth jointly with the mother at the time of the birth of if they have married the mother of their child or obtain a parental responsibility order from the court.
- The child’s legal guardian.