On International Day of the Midwife, we asked our Midwives what it means to them to be a Midwife.
This is what they said...
Today, midwives across the world including those at NCIC will be celebrating International Day of the Midwife 2022. The theme for this year is ‘100 Years of progress’.
NCIC is taking the opportunity to reflect on progress in midwifery and to look ahead to future plans. The Trust also wants to thank all the midwives, maternity support workers and student midwives who help to care for women, babies and families across Cumbria.
NCIC is investing in Midwifery with plans to recruit overseas and the very first Midwifery apprenticeships will begin in September 2022. The apprenticeship will offer a new route into the career and is a first for the Trust.
The midwives across NCIC all have their own unique journey which led them to becoming a midwife. Some are at the start of their career journey whilst others are nearing the end.
After having two children of her own, Sherrelle Smith knew she wanted to pursue her dream of becoming a midwife. Sherrelle completed a BSC Midwifery course at the University of Cumbria and qualified last September, she now works with the Midwifery Continuity of Carer Team at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.
Sammie Kidd was a maternity support worker at the West Cumberland Hospital who has recently started her midwifery training.
Christine Longcake followed her dream and became a midwife at the age of 44. She has recently retired from NCIC, aged 59.
Christine has some advice for anyone thinking of a career in midwifery.
Explore the different roles in midwifery and find out how you can get on your way becoming part of a maternity team.
Interested in joining our maternity teams here in North Cumbria?