My name is Tina Spiers, I qualified as a midwife in 1999 and have worked in the Portsmouth area throughout my career. I had recently made the decision to retire, however the offer of working with Donna Ockenden and team in the Shrewsbury and Telford maternity review is an opportunity and challenge that has inspired me to continue my career.
I became a midwife because I was passionate to work with women and families during their maternity experience. My goal has always been to provide excellent, safe and individualised care. Initially I worked in a high risk maternity environment. This enabled me to gain confidence and consolidate my skills and knowledge. Following this I gained promotion to support the management of a co-located unit within the hospital and quickly moved to a Community Midwifery Case-loading position. In 2007 I became a Clinical Lead Midwife. This role has been varied. It has led to a special interest in Public Health issues, in particular, smoking cessation and safeguarding children and adults. I have maintained links with all aspects of maternity care as I have been based in the community setting but worked as Bleep/Lead Midwife in the hospital and have supported the Senior Management on call rota.
I have always believed in keeping maternity care family centred where midwives are advocates for the families they care for. Communication is central to this as is maintaining skills and knowledge. I have continued to educate myself throughout my career being awarded a BSc in Midwifery Studies in 2007 and MSc in Public Health in 2017.
The five words that I would use to describe myself as a professional midwife are; honest, hardworking, reliable, compassionate and experienced. In my personal life I love to read, cook, walk my dog and enjoy family life.