#IDM2017 - Meet Claire Price, UHCW’s new Deputy Head of Midwifery and Gynaecology

Claire Price - Deputy head of midwifery at UHCWTo celebrate International Day of the Midwife, we met with Claire Price, the new Deputy Head of Midwifery and Gynaecology at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust to find out why she decided to specialise in midwifery, what UHCW’s maternity unit offers and plans for her new role.

When did you join UHCW?
I joined UHCW 11 years ago as a newly qualified midwife. I had initially qualified as an adult nurse in 2003.

Why did you choose to specialise in midwifery?
Pregnancy and birth has interested me since I was a child. I am also passionate about women’s rights and women’s healthcare around the world. This led me to work in Uganda for 4 weeks, which was an amazing experience. I worked within in a small rural hospital which was 8 hours away from the capital city, this was a life changing experience professionally and personally and I hope to return to the country again.

What does the role of Deputy Head of Midwifery and Gynaecology at UHCW involve?
Along with the Head of Midwifery and an amazing team, I lead the midwifery and gynaecology nursing services at UHCW to ensure the service is safe, that the care women receive is personalised and of high quality.

Why should women choose UHCW’s maternity unit?
We have a passionate team at UHCW and offer a wide range of options to meet women’s different needs and preferences. There’s the choice of homebirth or our Lucina Birth Centre, which is designed to feel more like home, and our Consultant-led labour ward. I believe women should have choices available to them and that’s what we provide at UHCW.

What plans do you have in your new role?
I’m very proud to work with the maternity unit at UHCW and be part of an incredible team that provides great care for women. We’re not complacent though as there are always ways to improve and innovate.

I am particularly keen on developing our personalised care and, in line with the recommendations of the National Maternity Review, we’re also adapting our services to better meet the needs of the local diverse population.

Having a Level 3 neonatal unit, UHCW maternity unit sees many women transferred in from neighbouring maternity units for our specialised services, I wish to continue to develop specialist midwifery and nursing roles to ensure continuity of care for these women who require additional support.

Bereavement services are also incredibly important and we are developing our support for all women who experience pregnancy loss, whatever stage of their pregnancy they are.

What is your favourite part of the job?
It’s a real privilege to be part of such an important time for families and I am passionate about choice in care and supporting women’s autonomy. UHCW is a large teaching trust and as such encourages staff to continually learn and develop their skills, through this support I have recently completed a MA in Medical Ethics and Law and believe women should be supported in their choices for their birth and health care.

International Day of the Midwife 2017 is Friday 5, May.

Click here for more information about maternity services at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust