Date of release: 5 May 2021
As we continue with our International Day of the Midwife campaign, it’s time to introduce Community Midwife Debra (Deb) Wolverson.
A midwife with over 30 years’ experience, Deb is one of the Trust’s longest-serving staff members with her career starting back at Wolverhampton’s Royal Hospital in 1984. After a year of nursing in the Royal’s Emergency Department, Deb soon began her midwifery training and never looked back.
The 58-year-old explains: “Being a midwife is a special role which means caring for two lives with every woman you look after.
“Part of my role as a community midwife often supporting with care both during pregnancy and after the birth. It’s about providing the best information and emotional support to women and partners during their journey.
“It’s a busy working environment, particularly because we are caring for women at all stages. We also provide a home birth service and so are still very much involved in the delivery of babies.”
Working across Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire, Deb has seen many changes over the years including the introduction of technology to help enhance both the speed and delivery of care.
“When we converted to digital records it was definitely a challenge for us all,’ she said. “It meant having to learn more and acquire new skills, but ultimately it has meant clearer notes which are easier to access!
“More recently the challenges have been as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have had to change our practice and sometimes interact over the telephone instead of face-to-face, and when the role of the midwife is very tactile, the distance has meant finding other ways of offering emotional support. It has been difficult but the team have pulled together to ensure the women are supported, as and when they need us.”
Reflecting on her career, Deb recalls how much she has enjoyed supporting the student midwives.
“I have always liked teaching students in a clinical setting, some of which I have kept in touch with. It has been wonderful to see them develop, both personally and professionally.
“A particular stand out moment in my career however was 2015, when a woman I cared for nominated me for ‘Midwife of the Year’ at the Trust’s Royal Awards. It was such a special evening and I felt so proud to be a member of the RWT midwifery team.
“I look back on a wonderful career as I draw close to retirement; it’s time to put the equipment away, empty the car boot and store all the memories!”
When asked what International Day of the Midwife means to her she replied: “This campaign focusses on why it’s important to invest in midwives, because with such a range of skills, midwives are critical for providing positive outcomes during pregnancy, birth and beyond. It’s important to recognise the expert knowledge of midwives and their contribution to keeping our local families safe and well.”
Thank you, Deb!