Celebrating our midwives - Karen Griffiths
7 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 Karen Griffiths to tell us a bit about her role and profession.
Karen: I am a Digital Project Midwife here at the Trust. I started my training for midwifery in Leeds in 2001. I was attracted to midwifery, as I wanted to work in a job that helped other people and I was attracted to Leeds because it seems to offer the best training and university life experience.
I have worked at Leeds Teaching Hospitals since 2004 when I qualified. I initially rotated around the clinical areas before becoming a core staff member on the delivery suite and part of our hospital based home birth team from when it first started in December 2008.
After just over 7 years I moved on from the home birth team into my current role as a Digital Project Midwife. Along with colleagues in the team we implemented the end-to-end electronic patient record, which we now use.
Wherever I have worked in our maternity services the best bit about my job has been helping people, be that being there to support a family through a birth at home, or helping staff to release time to care through improving processes.
For anyone considering a career in midwifery I would say that it can be a very challenging but rewarding job with many different roles. It is a job that you need to love not a job that you just do. I love working at Leeds Teaching Hospitals with so many amazing colleagues and I cannot imagine working anywhere else.