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To work in partnership with women and give the necessary support, care and evidenced based advice to them during the antenatal, intranatal and postnatal period. Also to provide care for the newborn in the postnatal period.
Registered Midwife with the NMC having completed a university degree in midwifery sciences.
During my training as a student midwife, I had the opportunity to visit a mental health mother and baby unit in Nottinghamshire. The experience provided insight into the need for better mental health services in Northern Ireland for pregnant and postpartum women. I am currently working on the postnatal ward in RJMS and in September and October 2017 I received Job Well Done certificates from the Head of Midwifery Brenda Kelly.
Empowering women to make informed choices about their care during their preganacy and birth and being an advocate for women is what made me want to become a midwife. Also my own personal experiences showed me how amazing the role of the midwife is and I wanted to be part of a womans experience to empower her to have the most positive experience.
I enjoy the fulfillment I get from caring for women and their infants and seeing them throughout their pregnancy journey. I enjoy the relationships and rapport I build with women and their families. I also enjoy working within a multidisciplinary team and enjoy the relationships I have built with my midwifery colleagues.
As a newly qualified midwife I find that it is a challenge to manage the workload of a busy ward while trying to settle into a new role. Challenges can arise when I am unable to complete certain tasks because I have not undertaken training yet. Communicating information to women regarding their pregnancy or infant can be difficult and requires a level of sensitivity which can improve with experience.
Within the trust I work in there is a support network for newly qualified midwives. I have been introduced to my supervisor of midwives and have met to discuss any issues. I work in a ward of midwives with a range of experinces who are very willing to help empart knowledge. The sister on the ward is a support network for learning and personal issues. There is also a practice education midwife for antenatal and postnatal who has worked closely with me since I started, offering practical help and also aided the completion of bladder scanning with me. I have gained new skills through the training programmes availble in the trust and recently completed the IV cannulation and administration course.
I would strongly advise midwifery if the person is realistic about what the job entails. Hard work and dedication is required to complete an academically and emotionally challenging degree course. Working shift work and night duty doesn’t not suit everyone woth their personal circumstances.
I have gained a number of skills including time management, communication skills, organisational skills and accurate documentation. I have become familiar with policy and guidelines within the trust to enable the safe care of women and infants in maternity. I have developed the skill of bladder scanning and IV administraion and cannulation also. I am developing my role as an autonomous practitioner under the guidance of my colleagues.
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