Labour Ward Midwife and Deputy Manager

Labour Ward Midwife and Deputy Manager Angela McMillan has worked at Bradford Royal Infirmary’s maternity unit for nine years now, after originally training at the hospital.

Angela, 38, is the senior Band 6 midwife on the Labour Ward, where she cares for her own mums-to-be and offers support to more junior colleagues.

“I really enjoy working here,” said Angela. “I work as a midwife on a day-to-day basis on the ward, but also support other midwives when necessary.

“We always try and provide one-to-one care to the women on the ward wherever possible. Sometimes it will be one midwife to two women, but never more than that.

“I really love the diverse nature of the job as every day is different, and aim to provide high-quality care to our families.

“That can bring challenges, particularly when working with high-risk women. But we always aim to deliver the care that women have envisioned. Although the birth plan might have to be adapted, we always want to provide the best possible experience.”

Angela, alongside colleagues from across the unit, is now working towards delivering an outstanding maternity service, following the announcement that the team at Bradford Royal Infirmary has launched a two-year programme of work which is set to transform care for women and families throughout the district.

Around 5,500 women give birth at our Women’s and Newborn Unit every year, and the launch of the Outstanding Maternity Services (OMS) programme reflects the dedication of maternity staff to drive forward changes and improvements and provide the best care to local families and mums-to-be.

Labour Ward Midwife and Deputy Manager Angela McMillan
Labour Ward Midwife and Deputy Manager Angela McMillan

Bradford Teaching Hospitals also wants to transform its facilities and ensure the maternity unit features the very latest equipment.

The project involves the recently announced £3.7 million build of two new obstetric theatres attached to the Labour Ward.

Angela added: “It’s a great opportunity for everyone. Becoming an outstanding provider would be great for the women of Bradford and great for staff, too.”