The latest intake of midwives have completed their midwifery degrees at the University of the West of Scotland and have completed their induction course with the Board.
Karen Bruce from Bearsden is one the 31 new staff and will be based at the Maternity Unit at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
Originally graduating in 2002 with degrees in interior design and architecture, Karen worked for the Estée Lauder group and Smashbox before deciding to retrain.
Karen said: “I wanted to become a midwife as a way of giving something back after the excellent care I received going through maternity services with my two daughters.
“I was left in awe of the care and support I received and this inspired me to pursue midwifery as a profession. The empowerment I felt from my midwives was such an incredible feeling that I would love to give every woman in my care the opportunity to experience this for themselves.
“We are going through the induction process at the moment which is going really well and I’ve been made to feel very welcome by the team delivering our induction.
“The topics are very informative and allow us to revisit and consolidate the knowledge we gained on our course. I think we were all feeling nervous to start but the induction has shown us all the wonderful support in place which is extremely reassuring.
“The first day we received a welcome pack with our name badges and a lovely notebook that read ‘I am an NHSGGC Midwife’. Once we all set eyes on those it became real, especially the name badges as we weren’t expecting them. That was a really lovely surprise.
Evelyn Frame, Chief Midwife, said: “We are delighted to welcome the 31 newly qualified midwives who have join our current midwifery workforce. These new midwives will ensure continued support for the high level of quality midwifery care already being provided.
“It’s fantastic to have recruited such a large cohort of midwives at one time. They’ve now completed their induction programme to learn more about the care we provide to women and their families and how we support them in their new roles.
“Each new midwife has a development plan for their early years in the role to ensure that they gain experience and build new skills in all areas of midwifery.
“We are investing in our future by supporting our midwives and ensuring we’re always well placed to meet the developments we see in the continual evolution of maternity care."