#DYWKeyworker - Emily Wood - Midwife

Tuesday, 2nd June 2020

Name: Emily Wood

Job Title: Staff Midwife

Company: NHS

Hometown: Inverness

What attracted you to the industry you are in?

When I was considering in Secondary school which career I wanted to pursue, I did a lot of research into the different fields that healthcare had to offer. Of all the fields available (and there are lots!) Midwifery really fascinated me. Pregnancy in general is an amazing process and I became more and more interested. I decided to pursue a career in Midwifery once I had done a lot of research into the role and felt it was something I would enjoy.

How long have you been with the company?

Since November 2016

Describe your day-to-day role;

Some people think that as a midwife all we do is look after new babies but there is so much more to it than that! No day is the same in any of the areas of midwifery you might work within. There are community based midwives and hospital based midwives and within those roles there are lots of different areas to work within. In a day we can see anything from someone in labour to someone who is worried about their baby’s movements. It really can be anything and everything!

What kind of training have you done?Have you completed any professional qualifications?

I have completed a three year Midwifery degree that was a mixture of practical placements and academic theory.

What skills have you learned?

There are so many skills I have learned and developed as a midwife. Time management is crucial, the ability to listen and communicate effectively and the ability to share information differently depending on who I am sharing that information with.

Have you completed any professional qualifications?

I have completed my degree in Midwifery and I am currently working towards completing my Hypnobirthing training.

Do you like living and working in the Inverness & Highlands?

I love Inverness as a place to live. I am from Inverness and although I went away to do my training elsewhere I missed the Highlands. Working in the Highlands offers a chance to really be part of a close-knit team. At times it can be a bit quieter than living in a big city but we are still close enough and have transport links to other places, which means you can easily have a weekend away elsewhere and still come back to the peace of the Highlands. We also have so much on our doorstep to be grateful for.

Nowhere is quite as beautiful as the Highlands.

What skills are the most important for you to do your job well?

The biggest skill is communication and being able to communicate effectively. It is also important to be aware that this career (as with many) will involve lifelong learning- things are changing all the time and you have to be able to keep up to date with the latest evidence based practice.

Was there anything about the job that surprised you?

How great the team I work with are. I have made some of the best friendships I have in this job. We see the very best and the very worst of things and it is these bonds that help you to get through the hard parts.

Is there anything unusual about your role?

The sheer variety of experiences you can have in a very short period of time. Looking back to when I first started my training and now I have seen such a variety of different things and very little fazes me now. In one shift I could be talking someone through an induction of labour, then seeing someone who had some medical issue, potentially helping someone with feeding their baby and then I could be taking someone up to labour suite to have a baby. You never know what to expect on any given day!

Do you get a lot of support from your company?

The team around me are on the whole very supportive. Through the highs and lows you really do rely on your colleagues and I have made some amazing friends through my work.

What’s your favourite part of the job?

There is so many brilliant parts to this job but I think my favourite is getting to know all the different people we come into contact with. Everyone has a different story and being able to support them at such an exciting and life-changing moment is such a privilege.

Did you always want to pursue a career in this industry?

I wasn’t always sure that midwifery was what I wanted to do. I initially wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do but after a lot of research I decided to pursue this career and I wouldn’t change it now.

What is your advice for young school leavers looking to start an apprenticeship?

Research and find out more about your different career paths. There might be something out there that you have never considered before. The NHS Health Careers website is really great and can give you a lot of information about different careers available to you. Also have a look at the different courses available to you- the entry requirements might be different to what you would expect and the role you are considering may be different to what you imagine!

What is your career goal?

I hope to continue to gain more experience in my current role and become a more senior member of staff.

How does it feel to be a KeyWorker on the frontline, supporting the Country’s fight against Covid-19?

I feel proud to be a frontline worker. Although it is a scary thought to be coming in to work at points we still have pregnant people coming through the doors who are scared and need reassurance and there is nowhere else I would choose to be at this point.

Tell us what makes you proud to be a Keyworker?

Being part of an incredible team who have all shown up without question to work and have pulled together throughout all of the changes to the way we work. From our domestics, receptionists and midwifery staff to the doctors and beyond we have all shown up, masked up and are ready to do whatever we need to do to provide the best care we can for our pregnant people, their babies’ and their families.