My name is Emily Gartshore-Noble, and I work
at Darent Valley Hostpital, I’m a maternity support worker.
My name is Sian Bradley, I’m a maternity care assistant and I work at Darent Valley Hospital. In maternity we work in a varied range of
wards. We help women anti-nataly , we help them during labour and delivery and help them
post-nataly after birth. To give them a lot of support we help a lot with breast feeding
just to get that initial breast feeding on the go. We do a lot of observations, help
them care for their babies, a lot of women it’s their first baby so they aren’t sure
what they are doing so it’s really nice for them to get the support. It’s very rewarding being a support worker.
The patient contact is definitely one of the biggest benefits. We are responsible for helping
those women start their new families giving all the help and support they need as long
as working alongside the midwives supporting them and working within a team. I would say to people thinking about a career
in supporting to go for it, it’s a wonderful career and it does make a difference to people’s
lives and their stays in hospital. It also has a great impact on their experience in
hospital and then also they go home and tell everyone how good it was, and it’s really
good for the NHS to show how hard we work in the hospital. If I could describe my role in one word it
would be fulfilling. If I could describe my role in one word it
would be gratifying.