Celebrating international day of the midwife with Alnwick midwife Alison Jarvis
To celebrate #IDM2018 on 5 May, Alison Jarvis, a midwife at Hillcrest Maternity Unit and in the community, talks about the important role she plays…
I love being a midwife because it’s an absolute privilege to be with women at such a special time in their lives. I feel it’s important to celebrate International Day of the Midwife because I’m proud to be a midwife, proud to work in the NHS and think we deliver excellent maternity care.
Here at Hillcrest we deliver the whole package of care for women from pregnancy to helping care for a new-born child.
I see women during their pregnancies, for the birth (should they chose to deliver here) and afterwards. This is at home during the first 10 days of a new-born’s life in my role as a community midwife and in the unit where we provide extra support such as with breastfeeding during the day.
Working as part of the team in Alnwick I feel I have a privileged role at the centre of the community and I’m proud to say that every baby I have delivered here, I’ve cared for the women during her pregnancy.
Having this continuity of care is so important for women as they can build up a relationship with the midwife and develop a trust in them.
I am part of the overnight on-call rota which enables women having a low-risk pregnancy to give birth at Hillcrest. In order to practise my skills I also do shifts and at The Northumbria hospital and often help women from the Alnwick area who I’ve cared for during their pregnancies to deliver.
As a midwife – and it’s hard to believe that I’ve been one for more than 20 years – I’m entering women’s lives when they’re feeling most vulnerable and I absolutely love it.
We’ve so much to celebrate and it’s fantastic to have the opportunity to do so.
For more information about maternity services in Alnwick, contact 01665 626732 or visit www.northumbria.nhs.uk/maternity