Dawn Sherry - Year of the Nurse and Midwife - 05 February 2020

Dawn Sherry - Year of the Nurse and Midwife - 05 February 2020

Int Year Of The Nurse Midwife Dawn Square

Dawn Sherry
Named Midwife for Safeguarding

Why did you become a midwife?

I’ve been a midwife for 20 years and was inspired by my grandmother, who was also a midwife. I spent quite a lot of time with her when I was growing up and as I always wanted to travel, it was a choice between being a hostess or a midwife.

What does your role involve?

I oversee the safeguarding training and supervision of midwives at Musgrove Park Hospital and Yeovil Hospital, helping them to support plans to keep mums and babies and families safe during pregnancy, from when they book to when they’re discharged. That involves a lot of liaison with other agencies such as children’s social care, health visitors, GPs, drug services and early intervention teams.

What do you enjoy about being a midwife?

I really enjoy giving midwives the tools to be able to the job in the first place – knowing that I can fully support them to manage really complex situations with families is definitely why I want to do this job. I love the NHS and I'm really passionate about it. I can’t imagine working for any other organisation.

What makes you proud?

I’m proud to be a midwife because ultimately our role helps families get off to the best start in life. We’re there to help them on this amazing journey into parenthood and if we can get that right from the very beginning, we know that the outcomes for children in their teenage years and beyond are much better.