Last updated: 22 April 2021

Midwife Testimonial 1

My story

Wendy Escott

Midwife - Labour Ward Clinical Lead


What made you become a midwife? – “Whilst training to be a nurse it was the midwifery articles in the ‘Nursing Times’ that really appealed to me. Supporting individuals and their families through such a momentous event like the birth of a child is the best job in the world. The autonomy of practice a midwife has is very rewarding.”

How did you become a midwife? – “After qualifying as a nurse, I worked for a couple of years on a surgical ward before commencing the 18-month training for midwifery.”

What do you do on a day to day basis? – “I am currently the labour ward manager. This includes providing clinical support to staff on the labour ward and managing the day to day business – stock, staffing, innovations and improvements.”

Why did you choose PHU? – I began my nurse training in Portsmouth Hospitals in 1984. My husband’s jobs have been local, so I’ve had no reason to work elsewhere and I very much enjoy working at PHU.”

What do you enjoy about being a midwife? – “As a midwife you have the privilege of accompanying individuals through the amazing journey of pregnancy and birth. It’s a great mixture of using academic knowledge in a practical hands-on way.”

Career plans and advice for others – Midwifery is a fantastic career but does need resilience and commitment. Care is provided 24/7, 365 days a year, so you need to be prepared for this. It can be very busy and stressful but also, very rewarding.”