Date of release: 28 February 2020
As we continue celebrating the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, it’s time to introduce our second midwife, who is ready to talk us through her career and experience of midwifery at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT).
Say hello to Midwife Emily Roberts!
The 22-year-old from Shrewsbury is new to the Trust, having joined in October 2019 shortly after qualifying.
Having worked at New Cross Hospital as part of her student placement, Emily was eager to join the team she had become so familiar with.
“I trained here as part of my degree at the University of Wolverhampton,” she explained. “I loved the team and was excited to join a service that’s recognised as being good by local families and by the Care Quality Commission.
“I feel really lucky to work here - the staff have made me feel so welcome.”
When asked ‘Why midwifery?’, she explained about her interest in the anatomy and pregnancy that stemmed from a young age.
Now qualified, she’s discovering more and more each day as she rotates across areas within the department, with her current post on the hospital’s Fetal Assessment Unit.
“We care for women before and after giving birth. This can be supporting women with increased medical needs, those experiencing high blood pressure and those who notice a reduction in baby’s movements – to name a few examples.
“You get to build relationships with the women and their families, particularly as you may get to see them on a number of occasions for check-ups.”
And with many women having more than one baby at the hospital, Emily has been able to enjoy these relationships across a longer time period.
“I recently saw a lady who I’d cared for in a previous pregnancy, back when I was a student, and now I’ve cared for as a qualified midwife. It was lovely to see her again and for her to see my progression!”
The midwife is now looking towards her next rotation, which will see her joining the Trust’s community midwives team in May.
“I’m really excited to experience midwifery out in the community.
“Being able to experience a variety of roles means I can expand my knowledge and network with my peers who work across the different stages of pregnancy, childbirth and beyond.
“I’ve also been encouraged to sign up to further training sessions - I recently completed the advanced training in new-born life-support and this has helped to build my skills and confidence.”
Reflecting on the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife campaign as a whole, Emily said: “Midwifery as a role is fantastic as it means giving women a choice.
“We can ensure our women have the care that they want; ensuring they feel comfortable at all stages of the journey. The campaign itself definitely helps to celebrate the empowerment we offer!”