Jackie explains a typical day in her role: “If I am working on
the antenatal/postnatal ward, my day starts at 7am. We have a handover
and then depending on whether or not I am running the ward, the work
gets allocated between me and my colleagues. This may include preparing
the ladies who are having elective caesarean sections and then subsequently
going to theatre for their operation and then looking after them post-operatively
with their babies (this also includes looking after the partner). If
I’m not going to theatre, I may be allocated to check the emergency
equipment and then do the drugs round, or Dr’s round. The care
I have to give depends on whether I have antenatal or postnatal women.
If the ladies would like to go home I ensure that the appropriate healthcare
checks are done and that the respective healthcare professional has
been contacted. It may mean admitting ladies to the ward directly from
the labour suite after they have had their babies.”
Depending on staffing levels, Jackie may even be asked to go to another
ward or labour suite to help for a short time during busy spells.
Jackie finishes her shift at 7.30pm. I asked Jackie a few questions:
What is the best moment and most rewarding thing about your
Finishing at the end of every shift and really feeling that
I’ve cared for my women 100% and provided the standard of care
that they expect and deserve as individuals whether they’ve had
their baby or not. Every delivery and every person is an individual
and should be treated that way – including partners. As a midwife,
I feel very privileged to be a part of something so special and I can
share something so amazing with the people I look after. No two deliveries
are ever the same.
What do you least like about your role?
The paperwork, but this has to be done!
What is the weight of the heaviest baby that you’ve ever
Describe one of the funniest moments you’ve experienced
in your job?
Trying to fold a real nappy and making it fit the baby! Most
people use disposables these days but I’m really good at it now!
Jackie likes to relax and unwind by socialising with her family and
friends - she loves walking her two dogs with her husband, going to
concerts, listening to music, gardening and reading. Her favourite holiday
destination is Cyprus although loves Costa Adeje in Tenerife and has
been there several times.
Jackie enjoys anything ‘crafty’ and 12 months ago started
a small business doing hand-made stationery, wedding favours as well
as offering a venue dressing service and chair cover hire. She spends
a lot of her free time preparing for weddings and attending wedding
fayres. If you or anyone you know is getting married, find details about
Jackie’s business – Your Perfect Setting East Midlands in