Meet Allison Campbell - Midwife
Hi, my name is Allison Campbell and I have been a community midwife within the Princess Royal Maternity for the past 12 years. My job involves looking after women throughout their pregnancy and caring for them and their baby in the postnatal period at home. I have allocated on-call shifts providing 24 hour cover for women who wish to birth their baby at home. An extension of my role is being a Supervisor of Midwives, I completed the course 2 years ago and although the course work was extremely challenging it was really rewarding!
8.15am – 12.00pm
I arrive at my community antenatal clinic in Baillieston Health Centre and prepare the room, making sure everything is clean and tidy for clinic starting at 9.00am. I meet women between 16 – 41 weeks pregnant, conduct an holistic assessment of their general well-being and also their baby. I provide advice and support to women and their family and plan and organise further appointments. As the clinic finishes I return the phone calls from women who have called me during the clinic session and update the information on the computer systems, tidy the room and send bloods/urine for testing.
12.30 – 3.00pm
After lunch I attend postnatal visits with mums and their babies at their home. I care for mum and baby, weigh the baby and inform the mum that her baby is thriving due to her successful breastfeeding. My next postnatal visit involves completing a newborn blood test on the baby.
3.00 – 4.15pm
Return to hospital base at the Princess Royal Maternity. Clerical work completed and check in with colleagues to ensure that there is nothing outstanding.
4.15 – 8.30pm
On call for home birth since 08.30 this morning, no call out today!
In 1991 I qualified from Glasgow College of Nursing, I worked for 9 months within the Victoria Infirmary Hospital as an anaesthetic nurse before completing an 18 month course in Edinburgh to become a midwife. I went back to Glasgow and worked at Rutherglen Maternity as a rotational midwife until its closure in 1998, during this time I completed a course in family planning and achieved a BSC in Health Studies.
I went on to work in Glasgow Royal Maternity Hospital (or Rottenrow) and applied for my current post as a community midwife. Following the closure of Rottenrow I now work within the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital with my area of work being the East end of Glasgow. Over the past few years I have participated in a Leadership Course organised by NES Scotland, this included presentation of my project to peers, management and government representatives. More recently I have extended my midwifery role after qualifying as a Supervisor of Midwives, one day per month I work to ensure safety of the public by promoting good practice and ensuring high standards of midwifery care, this involves attending meetings, performing audits and meeting with midwives.
Being a community midwife is such a rewarding job... to be part of someone’s journey as they become parents is a privilege. Our role has changed during the past 23 years since I have qualified, the challenge for the future is to keep pushing the boundaries and making sure the student midwives are given every opportunity to continue the professional role of a midwife.