The Naked Midwives are delighted to announce that Sarah will be joining us. Below is her journey to becoming a midwife.
I grew up in Liverpool and come from a large family. I am an auntie to 14 nieces and nephews. I am also a great auntie, so pregnancy and babies have always been a big part of my life.
Up until the age of 23, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I studied travel and tourism and flirted with the idea of becoming cabin crew. While all my friends were applying for university, I got myself a working holiday visa and booked an open-ended ticket to Australia. I spent seven months living and working in Sydney, where I met my future husband, and five months travelling around the rest of the country. I returned home age 19 and got a job as a GP receptionist. A couple of years later, I had saved enough to buy a round the world plane ticket and off I went, starting in India. Whilst sat on a beach in Goa, I got chatting to a young Goan girl who had her first baby four weeks earlier, at home, with her mother in law providing her care. It occurred that I had always been fascinated with pregnancy and that is where the idea was born, I would be a midwife. I returned home 10 months later and started my long journey to university.
I enrolled at Taunton’s college to re-do my maths GCSE, then began my access course at City college and finally in 2010 at the age of 25, I started my university midwifery degree at The University of Southampton, hurrah! I qualified as a Midwife in 2013 and have been working at Princess Anne hospital ever since. During that time, I have got married and had my first baby.
I currently work on the high-risk antenatal ward, and prior to having my son, I was a case-loading midwife working in the community and worked in both high risk and low risk birth settings. I am passionate about ensuring women and their partners have access to honest and accurate information during pregnancy and are able to make informed decisions about their care. I love being a midwife and I hope this passion for midwifery will come across in my classes, making them informative and fun.