Well what a wild ride this last year has been. I haven’t actually written a thing on here since my post 3 months in with Neighbourhood Midwives and, as you may well know, we closed on 31st January this year. I have often opened my laptop to start writing but have had a bit of … Continue reading From NHS Midwife, to Neighbourhood Midwife to Independent Midwife – My lessons in continuity
Hi, my name is Rachel. I am a mother of three ages 11,8,3. I qualified as a midwife in September 2018 and started work as a caseloading midwife the same month. There are many reasons I chose to work within this model, one of which was the flexibility it offers, this is achieved because I … Continue reading Rachel’s Story: Mother of 3 and Newly Qualified Midwife In A Caseload Model
3 months into my new job as a caseload midwife and I wanted to share more about the practicalities of this way of working. I have looked back on my diary over the last 2 months to provide a detailed idea of how many appointments are done, how many on calls we have and importantly how many of those we are actually called out. This post is also a reflection of my learning points in terms of self care, things I have picked up on which I am sure are common themes for caseload midwives.
Flex Appeal is a campaign set up by the glorious Anna Whitehouse AKA Mother Pukka in response to her company not supporting flexible working. So what has this got to do with the Continuity Matters campaign I hear you ask? Well...
‘WELCOME HOME’... They were the words of a friend who understands my need to work in caseload midwifery in response to me sharing that I’d been to my 1st birth with my new team back in September. Those words sum it up perfectly because it so feels like home, where I can finally be the midwife I want to be!!! I thought after a month of being with Neighbourhood Midwives NHS team I would share a bit about my experience so far.
Ali qualified as a midwife in the US, where she had her first baby and experienced receiving and providing continuity of care, before moving to the UK where she had her 2nd baby and is now retraining as a midwife.
Professor Lesley Page CBE is a visiting Professor at King’s College London and Adjunct Professor at UTS and Griffith University, Australia. She is one of the most (if not THE most) knowledgeable people around relational continuity in maternity, its implementation and its sustainability. Here she shares her infinite wisdom on the topic.
Dr Susan Crowther, Professor of Midwifery and advocate for caseload midwifery gives an insight into her experience. Susan has vast experience across all models of care provided in the UK and overseas, which gives a valuable insight into the caseload model of care - as she rightly puts it, the barriers to this way of working can be overcome with the support, desire and inspiration to succeed!!