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Local midwives shine for international celebrations

Midwives working across Worcestershire are shining a spotlight on the care they provide for the International Day of the Midwife.

On 5 May 2015, midwives across the world will be celebrating their profession. The International Confederation of Midwives is using the overarching theme ‘The World Needs Midwives Today More Than Ever’ as part of an ongoing campaign to highlight the need for midwives.

Claire Layton, Community Midwife Team Leader runs a team of dedicated midwives in Droitwich and Evesham. Community midwives care for women both before and after their babies are born as well as facilitating home births. This means families don’t need to travel to hospital to receive their expert care and advice.

Claire said “I lead a team of fantastic midwives.  I am a midwife first and foremost and the majority of my time is spent doing clinical work.

“Running a team requires a lot of organisation – my team know what they are doing, I just make sure everything and everyone is and knows where to be.

“I love my job – I really admire the midwives I work with and their dedication and hard work, it is a pleasure to be able to work with them.  Equally I enjoy working with women and their families – there is never a dull moment.

“The most satisfying part of my job is supporting women through their home births – when baby is delivered and all is well:  the happiness you leave behind when you walk away after a job well done.”

The team of midwives at Worcestershire’s new Meadow Birth Centre, which opened on 14 April, is led by Team Leader Louise Turbutt. The midwife-led unit, which has now birthed over 20 babies, is the first of its kind in the county and gives women more choice over where their baby is born.

Louise has been a midwife for 12 years, working as on the delivery suite at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch and as a community midwife.

Louise said “I am very excited to be team leader of the Meadow Birth Centre - it is a fantastic opportunity to be motivating a new team of enthusiastic midwives and welcoming Worcestershire women through the doors.

“It’s a privilege to support such a motivated and skilled team. They have a wealth of knowledge and are passionate to promote normality.”

As part of the celebrations, midwives and nurses at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust will be holding a Skype session with nurses and midwives from the King Saud Medical City in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

For those interested in finding out more about a career in midwifery, a recruitment day is being held at Worcestershire Royal Hospital on Saturday 13 June. More information about the event will be available on the trust’s website closer to the time.