Valuable Working Experience
Registered Midwife (Current Employee) – Telford, United Kingdom – 19 September 2012
A typical day for me is to run my antenatal clinic of approx 10 antenatal checks. I then see up to 6 women and their newborn babies in their own home for further postnatal checks and to ensure both mother and baby are progressing normal.
Postnatal checks are usually performed the following day after discharge, day 3, day 5 and day 10 unless the family require further support in which care can continue until day 28. Typical postnatal checks are to ensure maternal observations including BP, Temp and Pulse are within normal limits, ensuring the uterus is contract and lochia is reducing. My role is to prevent any possible complications from delivery and to act quickly if any are suspected including infection, thrombus, retained products, potential bladder and bowel problems. It also includes supporting feeding baby including breastfeeding assistance, ensuring baby is developing normally. Monitoring growth of the neonate, ensuring normal function of urinary and bowel habits, and monitoring potential jaundice.
The job involves a lot of thinking on your feet and I have a lot of autonomy although support is in the form of referals back to the hospital or doctors on the telephone.
The most enjoyable part of my job is supporting families through home deliveries which we have a lot of in our area. Ensuring a safe and healthy delivery delivery for both mum and baby.