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Year of the Nurse and the Midwife - Meet Jo

Year of the Nurse and the Midwife - Meet Jo

Date of release: 31 January 2020

2020 is the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife and we’re celebrating the occasion with spotlights on some of our own staff members!

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Each month we’ll be talking to one midwife and one nurse – chatting about their career and what they love most about their role.

Our first midwife is Jo Newnes, who works on New Cross Hospital’s maternity wards.

Having joined The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust in 2010, the 30-year-old can be found caring for women before and after giving birth.

She said: “I look after women with antenatal conditions mostly – it’s great because you may see them a number of times which means you can develop real relationships. It really helps to build that trust and it reassures them that they are in safe hands.

“Women can be admitted to the ward with a number of conditions – if it’s before birth, it could be anything from their waters breaking prematurely to pre-eclampsia (a complication involving high blood pressure).

“If it’s after birth, it could be supporting them following a c-section or in general recovery. It can be challenging if women are experiencing complications but we’re here to hold their hand through it.”

Jo, who lives in Telford, decided to become a midwife after a life-long fascination with pregnancy and an enthusiasm to work in a role that “empowers women”.

“I wanted to be an advocate for women and to endorse their rights,” she explained. “I grew up with strong inspiring women and it inspired me to work in a role where I can aid women in their decision-making and have a positive effect on their physical and mental health.

“Working with the women ahead of giving birth you can empower them with choices – explaining that they can receive the care most suitable for them. It’s great to help them feel prepared and confident ahead of such a life-changing moment.”

The mum of two also helps to coordinate staffing on the wards; ensuring that they are well equipped to care for each woman and baby that needs their help.

When asked what she loves about the job she replied: “The team is fantastic in Maternity. We look out for each other and support one another, even in the most challenging of circumstances.

“I also like how we’re given opportunity in terms of skills and knowledge progression.

“I’m currently undergoing some training around caring for new-borns which will really put me in good stead for the future. It’s great that the Trust is so invested in our development.”

Thanks Jo for all you do! #TeamRWT

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