What difference do you hope to have on the health and wellbeing of those you care for?
I have an opportunity as a midwife, to make a difference with every family that I meet. I look after women from many different backgrounds and feel very passionate that the inequality of care provision is addressed.
Black, Asian and women from other mixed ethnic backgrounds, are known to have a higher risk of dying in pregnancy (MBRRACE 2021). These women also often face domestic violence, mental ill-health, social isolation, illness and financial difficulties.
I provide equity to women not born in the UK and provide antenatal education in language that they can understand, with better access to additional support.
I hope that this will help to address the disparities in care and ensure women have more confidence in communicating with healthcare professionals, feel more prepared for birth and feel empowered to make their own decisions.
Sometimes a small but thoughtful act, will create enough ripples to make a wave of change.