Case Study - Rebecca Stephens, One to One Midwife
“The job satisfaction is tremendous. I love being able to provide the continuity of care that every woman should have, and knowing that I have made a real difference to their experience of childbirth.”- Becky Stephens, 23, One to One midwife
I have been with One to One for seven months and in that time I have massively improved my skills as a midwife.
I previously worked in a hospital with obstetrician-led care and high rates of intervention. I came to One to One because I wanted to work somewhere that was more woman-friendly and that offered me and the women in my care the experience of normal birth.
I have done a number of home deliveries now, and feel much more confident in this area. As a One to One midwife you do not intervene during the labour and birth unless it is absolutely necessary. I have returned to the traditional midwifery skills of watching and waiting, supporting the woman while letting her get on with the natural process of giving birth.
At One to One you are responsible for your own caseload of up to 40 women, and you manage your own diary, working autonomously, but with support from One to One’s management team whenever you need it. You care for the woman from booking right through her antenatal care to birth and beyond.
As well as the opportunity to practice midwifery in a different way, it has been really good for my professional development. All of our care is evidence-based, so you also develop your knowledge and research skills, giving you the ability to promote normal birth even in a high-risk environment.
There’s no doubt that it is hard work – but so is being a hospital midwife! The job satisfaction is tremendous. I love being able to provide the continuity of care that every woman should have, and the relationships that I have built with women and their babies – knowing that I have made a real difference to their experience of childbirth.
What would I say to a midwife thinking of moving to One to One? Take the leap. Everyone should try caseloading midwifery. It’s an unmissable experience.”