I have been a midwife since 2003. After qualifying, and in partnership with a colleague, I created a hands on and practical suturing workshop for midwives and students which I am still running today.
I currently work the majority of my midwifery hours in education and training. However, we are encouraged to work clinically on a monthly basis, which means I remain immersed in clinical practice.
In 2015, along with a colleague I launched a specialist clinic focussing on perineal care. I am immensely proud of this aspect of my work. We are overseen by a consultant uro-gynaecologist who has supported us to provide an excellent service to women who have sustained varying degrees of perineal trauma. We offer a debrief/counselling service to the women who have experienced a traumatic delivery and feel the need for psychological and emotional support. We are able to offer practical advice and guidance to women with healing issues and we see antenatal women and advise upon the appropriate mode of birth for them, and guidance on how to reduce their risks of sustaining further trauma in future pregnancies. We are also able to use this clinic to invite pregnant women who have survived FGM, to offer de-infibulation and guidance regarding the most appropriate mode of delivery for them. The clinic has grown significantly in numbers and many medical students and student midwives visit the clinic on a weekly basis to ensure excellence in learning.
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