University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay
I started my Midwifery training in 2015 with the University of Cumbria. I am now nearing qualification and am looking forward to commencing my dream job as a qualified midwife.
Since embarking on this journey my passion for providing women-centred-care has become apparent. We were asked, at the beginning of third year, to design a service improvement focussing on: leadership and management styles, improving care for women and using evidence-based practice. My proposed improvement stemmed from the idea that women should be allowed to choose whether or not they wish to eat and drink in active labour. Approximately 53% of women in the UK are starved in labour due to the risk of aspiration of gastric contents. Through undertaking a literature review, I have found that the real risk of aspiration is very low (0.004%). Therefore, I believe that women should be given the evidence-base and allowed to make their own informed decision on the subject. This improvement requires input from the wider multi-disciplinary team, who I hope will agree with my proposal and assist in implementing it in practice.