"I have worked for the NHS since 1991, I trained as a Nurse in Aberdeen and worked for one year in the Burns and Plastic Surgery ward at ARI. In 1995, I moved to London to commence training as a midwife at the Royal Free Hospital and then worked for a brief spell in the Antenatal clinic. My next move was to Aberdeen Maternity Hospital where I worked for 4 years in the Neonatal Unit.
In 2002, I started work as a midwife at Dr Gray's Hospital in Elgin working in the ward and the community. I then trained as a Sonographer doing the pregnancy scanning which I still do 3 days a week.
Together myself, Laura and Sammy have developed and deliver a Health and Wellbeing programme for pregnant women with BMI>30 called Baby Steps which runs in Elgin. Baby Steps aims to empower, motivate and support women to make small lifestyle changes to benefit them during pregnancy and give their baby the best start in life. I work on the Baby Steps programme 2 days a week and get immense satisfaction from this. Watching women grow in confidence over the 8 weeks of the programme is more than enough reward for me, the awards we have received are just the icing on the cake!
In 2018, Baby Steps won the Children and Young People Improvement Collaborative (CYPIC) award for "Excellence for QI in the Early Years" from the Scottish Government. This was a real career highlight for us all as you can imagine! The photo is of the Baby Steps team at the time and we are with Catriona Shearer the BBC presenter.
In November 2019, I was most honoured to have been a Finalist at the Scottish Health Awards in the Midwife of the Year category. This was another fabulous evening of celebration, I could not believe that I had been shortlisted for this prestigious award!