Hospital volunteer inspired to be midwife

Posted on Mon, 26/06/2017

Hospital volunteer

Thanks to her experience in our Women’s Health Clinic, Volunteer Natalie Aitchison will train as a Midwife in September.

I started my volunteer role in the NHS, volunteering in the women’s health clinic. I applied to become a volunteer for Maternity as this is something I have always been very interested in pursuing as a career. Lucky for me I managed to be one of the few girls to be successful with my application and started volunteering 18 months ago.

My volunteering role mainly includes assisting the health care assistants in their daily duties. Every week I come in it is different, although the role remains the same, making sure women who are expecting a child (or two, or more) are taken care of to the highest standard, ensuring the safety of them as well as their unborn child’s.

My daily duties include collecting notes, assisting in the sonography room as a chaperone, sampling urine, BMI checks as well as taking notes to other wards.  The main goal is to make sure all women have the best possible experience they can whilst in our care and go away feeling happy with information they have received and that we have excelled in doing our best to accommodate them further.

 

Every day is different down at the women’s health clinic and I enjoy meeting and greeting new people, having a conversation with them and making them feel at ease. I have always felt very welcomed by all the staff who work at women’s health clinic and have always been made to feel like part of the team, having a laugh and a conversation as well as learning.

Working at women’s health clinic has helped me to gain the experience and knowledge I have needed in pursuing my career as a successful Midwife - a course I will start September 2017. It has truly been an honour and a privilege dedicating my time to help others, even if all I managed to do was make someone smile! 

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