Hospital delivers 20 new midwives

New UHCW Midwife KieraNew midwife Kiera is one of 20 midwives to join one of the country's leading maternity units in just three months.

The 22-year-old newly qualified midwife will be working on the maternity wards at Coventry's University Hospital.

Kiera from Birmingham said: "Midwives are very privileged, supporting women as they go through one of the biggest events of their lives, turning from a woman to new-mother. I am delighted to be able to provide the best care for women and their babies at such a time in their lives at a fantastic hospital."

Kiera is no stranger to University Hospital as she completed three years of her clinical training on the same wards - delivering 40 babies as a midwifery student with Coventry University. Student midwives undertake clinical placements at University Hospital on wards and in the community.

Now a fully qualified midwife she will be part of a team caring for women with some of the most complex cases in the NHS. University Hospital has a national reputation for treating women with complex medical needs including pregnant women with diabetes, heart problems and obesity.

Kiera said: "The opportunities to work at UHCW are fantastic. As a large teaching hospital I will support the wide variety of patients that you only get to care for in specialist centres. As a new midwife I want to be experiencing all aspects of the women and their babies. I am very excited to be working here and the start of my career."

Teaching Hospitals give midwives, at whatever stage they are at in their careers, the opportunity to continually learn and develop their skills. This is best practice because they are able to provide the optimum care for women and their babies based on the latest teaching and research.

Over 200 applications were received for the posts as midwives competed to work for one of the best maternity units in the country. Applications were received from as far afield as Ireland and mainland Europe.

Carmel McCalmont, Head of Midwifery said: "We are proud to provide care at the highest levels to more women and babies, so the dedication and skill of all of our midwives, whether they are new to the hospital or have been with us for some time, is extremely important. I am delighted to welcome the midwives to the Unit."

Staff at University Hospital deliver more than 6,000 babies a year and 234 midwives are currently employed by the Trust.

Photo Caption: Midwife Kiera and baby Evie who was born on 3 November.