The role of the midwife is very diverse and involves more than just delivering babies. A midwife is usually the first and main contact for women during their pregnancy, throughout labour and the early postnatal period but could extend up to 8 weeks after birth as they help parents adjust to their new parental role. As well as being responsible for providing care; midwives must support women to make informed choices about their care. The midwife also works in partnership with other health and social care services to meet individual mothers’ needs, for example, teenage mothers, mothers who are socially excluded, disabled mothers and mothers from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Midwives at UCLH offer antenatal care both in the hospital and the community and a home birth service for women who live in the local area.

Midwives are responsible for their own individual practice and have a statutory responsibility to keep up to date with current knowledge.

JanetBradley.jpgJanet joined UCLH as Deputy Head of Midwifery in November 2017 having worked as a nurse and, more recently, as a midwife in hospitals across London and Kent for over 28yrs. She trained as a Registered General Nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital in 1990 and then went on to also qualify as a Registered Midwife in 1998. Her previous posts include working at Homerton University Hospital where she worked from as the Maternity Inpatient Services Matron from 2011 to 2017.

Throughout her clinical and managerial career, Janet has also undertaken a number of additional academic courses to complement her role. These include a BSc Hons in Psychology and Health Science and an MSc in Health Management.

Janet has always been passionate about staff and patient experience in equal measures and is a firm believer that, if staff experience positive wellbeing at work, this will positively influence the care received by patients.

MegWilkinson.jpgMeg began her career in the NHS as a student nurse in 1987. She worked as a staff nurse for a couple of years before training to become a midwife in 1992. She has worked in all areas of midwifery practice and held a number of senior roles.

Meg joined the UCLH team in the summer of 2018 as consultant midwife for normality, safety, research and development. She runs a birth after caesarean section clinic with a consultant obstetrician where she sees women who have had a caesarean section in a previous pregnancy to counsel and advise on mode of birth in this pregnancy.

Meg is a professional midwifery advocate, a relatively new role in midwifery. She is keen to develop this role along with her colleagues within the Trust.

Meg believes that the role of the midwife is vital in supporting and empowering women in achieving the best possible birth experience.

YanaRichens.jpgYana started her nursing career in 1979 and went on to pursue a career in midwifery qualifying as a midwife in 1988.

Yana was co-editor in chief of the British Journal of Midwifery for 20 years and is consultant editor of the African Journal for Midwives, an editorial board member of the Nursing Standard, and a member of the current NICE guideline group on antenatal care expert advisory panel.

Yana was appointed as consultant midwife at UCLH in 2004, leading on Public Health in Maternity Care. She is currently working at National Health England / National Health Service Improvement as Deputy Head of Maternity.

Clinically, Yana continues to lead a clinic at UCLH on a Thursday which specialises and supports women who have fear of birth, which was the subject of her PhD undertaken at the University of Manchester in 2015.

Yana is a Professional Midwifery Advocate and holds the positions of honorary senior lecturer at City University and lecturer at UCL. She is midwifery research lead at the Institute of Women’s Health at UCL. She has received an OBE for services to nursing and midwifery.

Previously, Yana was global advisor to the Royal College of Midwives providing midwifery advice in South Africa, Indonesia and India. She is currently working with Professor Dame Tina Lavender providing midwifery leadership advice and support to midwives in East Africa. Yana lectures nationally and internationally and has published widely in peer reviewed journals.

“Women should have a safe, good, birth experience wherever they live in the world”

Email: y.richens@nhs.net

Full consultant profile

MaureenMcCabe.jpgMaureen has been working as a midwife within Maternity Services UCLH for over 25 years. She has invaluable operational and organisational memory of UCLH and led on numerous key projects throughout her midwifery career.

Maureen is now our Maternity Matron for Safety, Patient Experience and Governance within Women’s Health (WH). 

Maureen manages the Maternity Clinical Site Coordinators who facilitate the admission, flow and discharge of patients throughout the Maternity Unit which covers a 24-hour facility. 

Maureen’s role also incorporates the management of the Women’s Health Patient Safety team who assess, support and facilitate governance structures and networks across Women’s Health. The team liaise with internal and external stakeholders to ensure the service is delivered safely and is as responsive as possible at all times.

AnaEsquerdo.jpgAna is the matron for the Labour Ward, Antenatal Care Unit, Maternity Care Unit and MFAU. She has a wealth of experience in different midwifery settings across London.

Some of her objectives as a matron are to promote safety and improve women’s experiences when using our Maternity Services. She is passionate about incorporating innovation into health care and to improve our maternity pathways to make them safer and more efficient.

“I am passionate about service improvement initiatives in order to make things better for both women and their families and for the midwives caring for them.”

Email: ana.esquerdo@nhs.net

JudePiper.jpgJude qualified as a nurse in 1997 and as a midwife in 1999. She joined the Women’s Health Division at UCLH in June 2016 having worked full time in risk management and patient safety since 2009.

Prior to joining UCLH she worked broadly across the south of England as a midwife. She moved into London in 2006 to become an Antenatal and Newborn Screening Coordinator during which time Jude trained as a Supervisor of Midwives in 2007 and became involved in risk management as part of this role. She moved into a full time risk role in 2009 and has worked as a risk manager in both general settings (elderly care and respiratory medicine in an acute London Trust) and Women’s Health in a number of acute trusts.

Jude was seconded to work with the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch’s maternity programme for a year 2018-2019, and is now happily back in Women’s Health at UCLH with an ongoing aim to strengthen processes and improve safety for staff and service users alike.

Email: jude.piper@nhs.net

AnnaWhite.jpgAnna joined UCLH in 2011, and has hands on experience of working in all of our maternity departments.

After some time leading the antenatal clinic, Anna has taken on the role of Interim Outpatient Matron, which encompasses the antenatal clinic, birth centre, community midwifery and fetal medicine unit.

Anna believes strongly in promoting equality in healthcare, facilitating choice in childbirth and the importance of high quality, compassionate care.

Email: anna.white5@nhs.net

TeresaDriver.jpgTeresa Driver is the Lead Safeguarding Midwife. She leads on all safeguarding activities to ensure woman, partners and their children are safeguarded from harm and their welfare promoted. She works in collaboration with the paediatric lead nurse and the adult safeguarding team.

Together with a colleague, Teresa provides the link for both professionals and the women under the care of the safeguarding team. The aim of the safeguarding practice is to signpost women and their families for extra support in pregnancy to promote physical and mental well-being and safeguard the baby.

The safeguarding team work collaboratively with local authorities, domestic abuse services, perinatal mental health and primary health care to ensure appropriate plans are in place to facilitate safe discharge of mother and child.

Teresa’s special interest is maternal attachment and how to facilitate and enhance this process in pregnancy and in the early postnatal period.

Email: teresadriver@nhs.net

JamesHarris.jpgJames is a midwife, educator and researcher. He is currently a senior clinical lecturer at UCLH/UCL, a clinical academic post combining clinical and research duties, hosted by UCLH’s ‘Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research’.

His mixed-methods PhD (UCL, 2015, Primary supervisor Prof. Susan Michie) investigated the implementation of a new antenatal screening tool for pre-eclampsia. Following this, he was a King’s Improvement Science Post-doctoral fellow (2015-17), researching the implementation of national guidelines alongside acting as both undergraduate exam board chair and programme lead for an MSc in Implementation and Improvement Science.

His current research interests fall into three areas – safety within maternity (with a Wellbeing of Women grant exploring telephone triage and HCP responsiveness to safety concerns), the nationwide implementation of midwifery continuity of care and improving the maternity service user experience within UCLH.

James welcomes conversations on PhD supervision, research collaborations and midwifery academic careers.

Email: james.harris4@nhs.net

AngelaVelinor.jpgAngie is the Lead Midwife for Education and Maternity Clinical Practice Facilitator Team Lead at UCLH.

She leads the multi-professional training faculty and spearheaded the creation of the multidisciplinary simulation training programme through a strategic restructure and redesign of training for doctors and midwives. She leads her team in the support of learners within the department, including student and newly qualified midwives, as well as midwives returning to clinical practice.

Angie’s roles also include Clinical Lead for Better Births in North Central London with a focus on Collaborative Working, a scope that includes the negotiation of workforce processes to increase the maternity workforce flexibility and mobility across the sector. This is in addition the creation of shared tools to support the safe frontline clinical practice of both Midwives and Obstetricians.

She is also a member of the Royal College of Midwives Editorial Board, Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research fellow and an Honorary Teaching Fellow at King’s College London and has taught and supported maternity teams in practice both in Africa and India.

Angie has a keen interest in workforce and service development, organisational culture and human factors, and how these can be employed to continually improve the experience of staff and the care women and their families receive.

Email: a.velinor@nhs.net