Photo: Manon Droz
Curriculum Leader Child Care
“Mothers’ stories make my midwifery classes ‘real'”
I work as an ante and post natal teacher with the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) teaching parents about labour, birth and life with new babies. I am also an assessor for both student and qualified teachers.
I am the Lay Chair of the Maternity Services Liaison Committee at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital representing users of the NHS maternity service.
Personal Learning and Career Development
The NCT is one of the most influential charities committed to improving choices in maternity services for parents. I am delighted to be part of that. My involvement means that I keep up to date with issues dear to my heart and have some ability to influence national and local decision making in the NHS.
I am considering training as a tutor for the NCT so that I can train NCT teachers (both ante natal and post natal) in London and in other parts of the country. This enhances my career opportunities.
Impact on my work at the college
Up to date contact with parents and babies feeds into the child care curriculum of the courses that I teach.
I also teach the Midwifery pathway on the Access to midwifery programme and can use the stories that I hear to illustrate my classes for potential midwives which brings theory to life.
As the Lay Chair I am able to have some influence into issues that impact on parents and staff at a very local hospital which is a key College partner . Through my hospital contacts I am able to organise visiting speakers, visits to the maternity unit and placements for some of my KCC students.
Date published: 3 November 2008