We’re pleased to welcome a new edition to our Maternity services, Fiona Williams who will be working with our Lead Midwife, Kookie Salt as our new Intrapartum Matron at our Delivery Suite, Birth Centre and Maternity Triage. Before joining us, Fiona supported the Imperial NHS Trust in London, a specialist hospital for tertiary maternity; meaning a service that provides additional care for women and their babies who have highly complex clinical needs.
This allowed Fiona to gain a wealth of experience that she is now utilising in her new role with our Women’s Hospital, managing the Intrapartum areas of our maternity services. Intrapartum care focuses on women and babies at 37 and 42 weeks of pregnancy from the onset of labour and immediately after birth.
Being a midwife for almost 23 years, Fiona shares: “I became interested in Midwifery whilst doing my nurse training, but I was becoming more interested in midwifery and working in the Neonatal services - I loved the birth aspect and postnatal care. I’d never worked in the neonatal aspect of Midwifery and nursing and thought it’d be a great opportunity.”
Our new Intrapartum Matron will be working collaboratively within the multidisciplinary team, including Obstetrics, Neonatology, Anaesthesia and wider maternity departments. In collaboration with Lead Midwife, Kookie Salt and the senior midwifery management team, they will be working towards supporting and guiding our midwifery teams, promoting healthy pregnancies and outcomes for women and their families, reducing risk, and offering safe and effective services for all. This also includes identifying the disparities and inequalities in maternity services and seeing where we can rectify and improve our services.
Fiona has already actively been involved with our International Day of the Midwife celebrations, inspiring and supporting aspiring midwives through their journey. Fiona offered her words of advice to future midwives in her episode of ‘Midwife Moments’, encouraging them to understand the importance of work-life balance, sharing that it is crucial to care for yourself so that you can go onto care for others to the best of your ability.
You can watch Fiona’s video here: Advice for aspiring midwives - "Enjoy me time, take your annual leave and shut down the world."
We asked Fiona Williams how she felt about joining our BWC family. She said: “BWC is very friendly everyone has gone over and above to make me feel very welcome – I'm keen to continue my midwifery journey now in Birmingham”
We’d like to say a big thank you to our new Intrapartum Matron, wishing her the best of luck in her new role with our BWC family. If you would like to learn more about joining our Maternity service team, visit our Maternity Recruitment page here.
You can also learn more about our Refer our Colleague scheme for staff members at our NHS Trust.