Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

An Honour to Be There

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

An Honour to Be There

Article excerpt

Although she didn't always intend to be a midwife, 30 years later Val Woods is still in the profession.

She is now clinical lead midwife for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust and is based at Hexham General Hospital in Northumberland. Here she explains why midwifery is now such a popular career choice.

"A lot of people come into midwifery because it's often the nice part of medicine. It's usually very positive with lots of good outcomes.

"There are some bad times as well and anyone going into the profession should be aware of that, but those are only a minority of cases.

"For myself, being with a woman during childbirth is a very natural thing and we've been doing it for centuries, and now the midwife is seen as a real expert.

"To be a midwife you need to be really committed but it's a wonderful career and you can get a lot of job satisfaction out of it. …

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