Emma Richardson, Midwife

Emma Richardson is a Midwife at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Emma’s career in nursing didn’t start the moment she left school.  Instead, she travelled and had other careers before going for her current role.  After studying hard, she was able to reach her goal and became a Midwife.  How?  She details this below.

Can you give some examples of what you do in a typical day or week?

Everyday is different!  But here are just some of the things I do:

  • Meeting families and discussing pregnancy, labour, and birth
  • Talking about healthy lifestyle choices
  • Caring for women in labour and seeing new babies being born
  • Caring for women and their families through pregnancy loss and pregnancies following a loss.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

Meeting new people and making a positive and memorable impact on somebody’s life.

How did you get into your current career?

  • GCSEs
  • Life experience and various jobs – travel, working for a fire extinguisher company, telesales, bar work and waitressing, and then healthcare assistant.
  • Foundation degree at age 26!
  • First class BSc Honours degree
  • Qualified and started work
  • Masters modules and other CPD that are ongoing since qualifying.

What advice would you give someone starting out in your career?

Excellent communication skills are a huge part of the job; you’ve got to be good with people.  Kindness, compassion, and the ability to listen are key.

The job is very pressurised and you have to be ready to make sacrifices, such as missing family events or holidays.

What are your future career plans?

My future career is research in obstetrics and gynaecology.

A huge thank you to Emma for sharing her story and giving us a breakdown of how she became a Midwife!

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