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BSc (Hons) Midwifery
I trained and qualified as a midwife in April 2012. Since then, I have worked in various Midwifery roles providing care for women and their families in the antenatal, Intrapartum and postnatal period. While I have gained extensive experience in the planning and management of care leading to the intrapartum period, I have also been involved in the strategic management of high-risk cases, such as Gestation Diabetics, Pre-eclampsia, maternal medicine, substance misuse in pregnancy as well as safeguarding issues. All my roles have involved direct care of women and their families, and it usually involves working with the multi-disciplinary team to ensure that the woman is getting the right input from each professional.
In 2016 I took up a role as a midwifery labour ward coordinator. This role involved running of a safe maternity unit such as the working out of patient to staff ratios, skill mix, safe placement of women in appropriate ward to ensure the right care for the right woman. I became quite an expert in diagnosing labour ensuring women had planned care carried out in a timely manner i.e induction of labour, care during labour, emergency deliveries, administration of drugs, appropriate use of oxytocin escalation of care to obstetrician, anaesthetics, and neonatal teams as needed. I had to be an expert manager and practitioner of obstetric emergencies by having an overview of the emergency, directing the completing of proformas as required. A part of my role was and still is supporting midwives and women when things go wrong, ensuring that we debrief (staff and women), document and datix all incidents. In 2018, I started my current role which involves team leader of a group of midwives in conjunction with the above role. I am still a practicing midwife with a keen interest in advocating for women and midwives alike and debriefing the team when things go wrong.
I accept instructions from both claimant and defendant solicitors and insurers. I have undergone formal training in the medico-legal process and am fully aware of my responsibilities under Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to expert witnesses.