Thanks to her experience on Rotherham Hospital’s Maternity Unit (B10), Volunteer Yisha Jackson, 28, from Brinsworth in Rotherham has decided to train as a Midwife.
Yisha, originally from China, is married with a three year old daughter and has been volunteering with the Trust since April 2010. She will start her course with Sheffield Hallam University in September and says: “I am very keen to start my training and can’t wait to become a Midwife.”
She adds “All the support I received on the ward and at the hospital as a whole has definitely helped me to prepare for this career. The team were very welcoming and I have been able to observe the high quality care on a busy maternity ward. They have been very supportive of my aspirations and gaining experience in this healthcare environment has given me really good grounding to start this course at Sheffield Hallam University.
“I already have a little girl so I know what maternity is like for women, but my experience at Rotherham Hospital has given me the opportunity to see how hard the Midwives work and what it takes to keep a busy Maternity Unit running. The staff on ward B10 work so hard and they have helped me with the whole process. I have found my experience has helped me with my interviews to get onto the course.
“I help to support and talk to the ladies on the ward and spend time encouraging them to breastfeed. I help out at mealtimes and sometimes make beds or help with general tidying up. I am only able to volunteer for about four hours a week, but it has been a wonderful experience and I will be very sad to leave the unit.”