Kimberley is a community midwife and provides care and support to women and their families whilst they are pregnant, throughout their labour and home birth and also during the period after the baby’s birth. Kimberley works as part of the maternity community team at the Royal Oldham Hospital – Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
At 16 Kim chose to do a diploma in design and it wasn’t until she was 18 years old that she decided to research her options in order to become a midwife. Kim contacted universities and her local careers adviser to gain information and guidance, going on to complete an access course into health and social care taking 12 months to complete also resitting her GCSE in Maths as this to was an entry requirement. Kim began volunteering with the NHS keeping a diary of all the volunteer work that she did and the different areas that she volunteered in, gaining lots of experience within healthcare, this supported her application to university and she went on to successfully gain a BSc in Midwifery before securing her current role as a community midwife
Kim’s week is really varied; she regularly runs parent education and hypnobirthing classes to promote a positive birth experience, as well as running anti-natal and post-natal clinics. Kim could be called to support a home birth any time night or day, working in a small team with one of the highest home birth rates in the country so is kept really busy, having supported over 150 mothers in giving birth at home. Kim’s role is very much about women centred care, supporting the mother throughout the pregnancy, having continuity with the mother from the start of pregnancy until a month or so after the birth
Kimberley feels the best part of her role is experiencing a home birth and is honoured to have sometimes been able to look after a mother throughout the births of all their children and building such a fantastic professional bond with them all
Kimberley is currently completing a Master’s degree in Midwifery to enable her to keep up with the ever changing care of midwifery and support her in the progression of her chosen career as a community midwife
Although they are a Community Midwife now Kimberley started their career as a Midwife, this role typically starts at Band 5 on the Agenda for Change Pay Scale.
The National Careers Service have a section for Midwife where you can find out information about the average pay for the role as well as information about the job and its responsibilities.
This profile has been created by the Greater Manchester NHS Careers Engagement Hub in partnership with Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. If you have questions then feel free to contact us.
You can find out more about this role by visiting the Midwife section of the Health Careers website. The site gives information about the role and responsibilities, pay and conditions as well as any qualifications that are required and what the relevant courses or entry requirements are.