She embarked on a maths degree but in her heart of hearts Natalie Wilkes really wanted to be a midwife so she traded geometry for gestation and has never looked back!
Natalie, a Team Leader, has been at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust since 2003 and also did her training here. She is one of our many midwives being celebrated this International Day of the Midwife 2020.
The mother-of-two cites “that sense of being a large part of somebody’s life at such an important time” as one of the most rewarding parts of her role.
“There’s nothing like seeing someone’s baby being born and knowing that you have been there for both mum and baby,” said the 36-year-old.
“I always remember I’ve got two people to look after and support – mum and baby – and I am so aware of the responsibility upon me to do my best by them. We are with women who sometimes feel at their most vulnerable but with our support they find a strength and determination they might not have realised they had.”
Natalie said COVID-19 had proved a challenging time but added: “For me, it has reignited the passion I have for being a midwife because our reassurance is so important at this time more than ever.”
In her spare (non-lockdown) time Natalie enjoys socialising with friends and family and walking the dog.