Meet our Special Infant Feeding Midwife, Megan Schubert, who qualified as a midwife with Walsall Healthcare in 2018 after being inspired by having her own child back in 2013.
Megan went on to breastfeed, experienced how challenging it can be and believed that one day she could support others (mothers and families). After a few months she completed her breastfeeding peer support course externally. The specialist has now set up her own breastfeeding support group which has proved to be a huge success!
This World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August 2022), Megan would like to highlight how her role helps families to have meaningful conversations about infant feeding.
She works across the Postnatal Ward and the Neonatal Unit at Walsall Manor Hospital – discussing infant feeding techniques with families, skin-to-skin techniques and getting breastfeeding off to a good start. A big part of her role is project managing the implementation of the Baby Friendly Initiative within Maternity Services and the Neonatal Unit. This involves implementing different sets of standards in each of the different areas. Its focus includes skin-to-skin and getting breastfeeding off to a good start as well as supporting families to have close and loving relationships. Alongside her day-to-day role, she also spends a lot of time teaching maternity and neonatal staff, enhancing skills and understanding by hosting regular study days.
“I really enjoy being able to support families and helping them to reach their goals, but I also enjoy training staff and have received really good feedback about how useful the training is,” explained Megan.
“Breastfeeding is about so much more than feeding, it is about closeness, comfort, and protection for babies. It is important we normalise breastfeeding and highlight the many benefits.”
Megan is so excited to see what the future holds and is proud to work with the #RealMidwivesOfWalsall.
If you would like support from our midwives and live within the Walsall area, please call 07794 117247.
Thank you for sharing your journey Megan.