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Evie came to Wye Valley NHS Trust as a newly qualified midwife and commenced the midwifery academy programme - she found this programme hugely beneficial and felt very supported.
Evie Doman - midwife
Pregnancy, labour and birth is a life changing experience. Our role as midwives is to support and empower women to have a positive experience and to feel confident about becoming new parents.
At the county hospital we have around 1800 births per year and provide care to a range of low and high risk women in many different settings including home, low risk areas and delivery suite.
We are a small, friendly and enthusiastic team which always ‘goes the extra mile’.
I came to Wye Valley NHS Trust as a newly qualified midwife and commenced the midwifery academy programme. This programme is a 2 week ‘settling in’ period of classroom teaching to learn about Hereford maternity unit and meet other members of staff prior to starting the role. Following this, I had a five week supernumerary period which was a weekly rotation in all areas to learn how the unit operates. This was especially useful as I completed my midwifery training with another health board. I found this programme hugely beneficial and felt very supported on embarking my new role as a band 5 midwife at a new trust. I then started my band 5 preceptorship programme which allowed me to gain experience on the maternity ward, delivery suite, community and triage. The preceptorship allowed me to become confident and competent in all areas while gaining new skills so I could achieve my band 6 gateway within a year.
I thoroughly enjoy being a qualified midwife at WVT
The trust offer development opportunities for midwives. We have recently had new developmental roles in risk management, safeguarding and education to improve our service in these specialist areas. Links with Worcester University, supports many midwives through their mentorship training, allowing students here to be well supported during their training to become midwives.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my first couple of years as a qualified midwife due to the incredible team I work with at Hereford.
We are a small, friendly and enthusiastic team which always ‘goes the extra mile’ for each other and our women. I am constantly learning new things and feel supported to express my ideas to change or improve the service we provide.
There are obviously difficult days as the NHS is under increasing pressure; however these are overcome by hard working staff and a great sense of team work. Sharing these emotional and momentous early days with women and their families is a very special and unique opportunity.
We aim to provide a service to meet family’s needs and are driven by women centred care. If you are looking to be a part of a great team providing individualised care, this is the place to be.