Katherine Barratt, Midwife

Katherine Barratt is a Midwife at Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

Many individuals start off in one line of work and then change into another when something changes in their lives.  That was the way with Katherine, who was doing something completely different to what she does now when she started working.

Can you give some examples of what you do in a typical day or week?

I look after pregnant women and help them to deliver their babies.  I am an expert in normal pregnancy and birth, but work alongside doctors to care for women with complex needs.

What do you enjoy most and least about your work?

I enjoy seeing the joy of new parents the most.  The worst is the long hours and not getting lunch breaks!

How did you get into your current career?

I first studied performing arts and spent time working professionally as a musician.  I decided to become a Midwife after having my own children.  I first studied a nursing diploma and then, after a few years in nursing, completed a BSc (Hons) in midwifery.

What advice would you give someone starting out in your career?

Read, read, read!  Read as much as you can about the subject.  Try and get a good support network around you – it’s a tough course!

What are your future career plans?

I’d like to study for a MSc degree in the next few years and, one day, I would love to complete a PhD.

A huge thank you to Katherine for sharing your story!

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