Working Life: 'Depending on the day, I will be in the antenatal clinics, postnatal visits or labour ward'

Working Life: 'Depending on the day, I will be in the antenatal clinics, postnatal visits or labour ward'
Clare Kennedy, advanced midwife practitioner, HSE

Clare Kennedy, advanced midwife practitioner, HSE

5am

I am generally an earlier riser. After breakfast, I leave my home in Laois for work at about 5.45am.

I arrive most mornings around 7am to St Lukes Hospital in Kilkenny. Firstly, I check in with the night duty staff to see how their shift went in maternity and then check my emails before my shift gets underway.

7.45am

Shift starts at this time in maternity. Depending on the day of the week, I will either be found in the antenatal clinics, postnatal home visits in the community or labour ward.

An antenatal midwifery clinic entails seeing and caring for women who are pregnant and attending for their routine antenatal and ultrasound checks during their pregnancy.

11am

Generally, I get to grab a quick coffee.

12pm

If I am on home visits, we assist in the discharge of mothers and babies home from the maternity ward. In St Lukes Kilkenny we have the Integrated Community Midwifery service which provides postnatal visits to women and their babies in their homes who meet the specific criteria to go home early. This is a lovely opportunity to see a family who has completed their pregnancy journey and are now back at home starting out on another journey as a new family.

1pm

I usually try to grab a quick lunch between clinics and visits. Sometimes this can be mobile on the road.

3pm

If I am in the labour ward my day entails caring for a couple through their birth. With the Integrated Community Midwifery Service in SLGH these are couples that we have met before in our clinics so a lovely bond and relationship has already formed before we care for them during their birth. It’s such a special and precious occasion to be involved in and I always feel so honoured.

6pm

I get home for some precious family time before heading out at 7pm for my local boot camp and spin class in Carlow with ‘Paulie’s Bootcamp’. This is a great time to unwind and de-stress and generally when I come up with my best ideas.

8pm

I am home to enjoy dinner with my family and to wind down and relax.

- For more information on the Integrated Community Midwifery Service click here

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