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Specialist Midwife for Quality Practice

Mum-of-two Jo Stubbs has been a midwife at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for 18 years, and loves the varied nature of her role.

She is currently the Trust’s Specialist Midwife for Quality Practice, and works in two main areas.

“I work in the risk and governance team. Part of my role is to monitor practice, and implement changes for safety and quality improvement. I also run the Birth Matters Service,” said Jo, 42.

“Birth Matters is a service for women who need more bespoke birth planning, and women who need additional support if they’ve previously had a traumatic experience and require further birth options and planning.

“We also help women reflect on and talk about their experiences either during pregnancy or after they’ve given birth, which helps them to understand and resolve their experience.

Help and support

“I help and support over 10 patients a week through the service, and sometimes I signpost women to other professionals. For example, we work closely with the mental health team for ladies who have post-natal birth trauma.

“It’s a privilege to work with the women of Bradford and my colleagues.”

Jo also has direct experience of being a patient at our maternity unit, as both her daughters were born there.

“It was a long time ago now but they were both born here and I love working here,” she added. “I love the fact that Bradford is so diverse and no day is ever the same. It’s an incredibly busy unit but I love the challenge of it.

Jo Stubbs, Specialist Midwife for Quality Practice
Jo Stubbs, Specialist Midwife for Quality Practice

“The maternity team are also so supportive of each other.

“Everybody who works at Bradford sings from the same hymn sheet. We all want to do our best for our women and reduce inequalities that are found within the city.”

Although she has been at Bradford for nearly two decades now, after also training at the Women’s and Newborn Unit, Jo has no plans to work anywhere else at the moment.

“I currently wish to stay at Bradford. There are so many options to diversify here but I love the challenge my current role brings, as it’s quite a new role.

“We are one big family here.”