Celebrating our midwives - Naomi Robinson
4 May 2021
We are celebrating our nurses, midwives and operating department practitioners (ODPs) in a two-week long celebration during May that takes in the international recognition days for each profession. Today we're putting the spotlight on our midwives, so it's over to Naomi Robinson to tell us a bit about her role and profession.
Naomi: I’ve been a midwife for 20 years and I’ve worked at Leeds Teaching Hospitals since I qualified. Already a qualified nurse and with six of my own children, I feel that I always had itchy feet before I became a midwife, but now I couldn’t see myself doing anything else.
Every day feels like a new job here, particularly as my role is to support those women who have low risk pregnancies, or wish to have home births, and I am really proud of the work we achieve as I lead the home birth LOTUS team. We create strong bonds with our women and we really do feel like we are guests at somebody’s birth, it’s incredibly empowering. I feel that assisting at my first home birth changed everything for me in my career, it was amazing to see.
The last year has been tough, but we have managed to continue to provide a home birth service throughout the majority of the pandemic. There were so many things we didn’t know and so much uncertainty, but we’re pleased that we were able to maintain choice for women. Home births in Leeds generally float slightly above the national average of 2.5%.
I’m a real advocate for choice, and being passionate about women’s health and rights was one of the main reasons I wanted to become a midwife. Having a baby in your own environment, with those you choose around you, can have an incredibly positive impact on your pregnancy and labour hormones. This is a hard job, both physically and emotionally, but I love it.