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An Insider’s Story – Midwife

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Saint Thomas’ Hospital, London.

Saint Thomas’ Hospital, London. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hi, my name is Alex and I am a qualified midwife at St Thomas’ Hospital in Westminster. When I was 13, my mum was pregnant with my little brother and I remember being absolutely fascinated by what was happening to her body. I decided then that I wanted to be a midwife.

As a midwife you must ensure the safety of both mothers and their babies.  At the age of 18 I felt too young to take on this responsibility, so I decided to train for 3 years to become a nurse at Kings College London first. I then consolidated my nurse training for 1 year as a gynaecology nurse before commencing an 18 month degree in midwifery back at Kings College London.

I took a long winded route to becoming a midwife as you can take the 3 year direct entry midwifery degree/ diploma course.  Training to become a nurse first gave me the opportunity to mature and also gain vital knowledge of health, as not every woman is straightforward in pregnancy and birth.

Being a midwife is such an amazing job. Although it can be stressful and high pressured at times, I feel honoured to be a part of an amazing life event in people’s lives. The role of the midwife is so diverse and is not just about delivering babies. There are many areas within maternity services you can work in as a midwife for example: looking after women who would like a home birth in the community, case loading teenagers who are pregnant or caring for women who are high risk and require specialist care.

Being a midwife has given me the knowledge and skills needed to set up my own private antenatal classes, check out my website My passion is to give parents-to-be the knowledge they need to feel prepared and relaxed on their pregnancy journey.

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December 24, 2012 at 9:00 am

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