Mum-of-two Lorna Randall who swapped a profit-driven career to become an NHS midwife is hoping to make childbirth a better experience for women with mental health conditions.

Lorna, 41, who graduates today with not only a first in BSc (Hons) Midwifery but also the Chancellors Scholarship, is hoping to one day focus on research helping pregnant women with mental health issues.

Having started work full-time at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, Lorna wants to continue her research into mental health to help women experiencing difficult pregnancies and births. Lorna, of Wavertree, Liverpool, said:

“While studying I carried out a literary review of advice available to women taking anti-depressants who are trying to become, or are pregnant. The current advice is to let women decide for themselves but while this is right, there is a deluge of information available and no clear advice to help women make informed choices.

“This review was published in the British Journal of Midwives and, having seen a number of traumatic births linked to mental health conditions I’d like to take this research further. Specifically, I’d like to look at how better anti-natal care might pick up mental anxiety and clinical conditions earlier, thereby allowing for a better planned and managed birth.”

Lorna was also awarded the £2000 Chancellors Scholarship in part for her role presiding over Edge Hill’s Midwifery Society. She said:

“The society really helped me and my fellow nursing and health graduates as we were able to organise experts to come and talk to us on study days. We had a bereavement expert and a pioneering midwife who promotes the importance of skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby after birth.”

During her degree Lorna also volunteered with Liverpool Refugee Connect alongside a qualified midwife offering advice on feeding and accessing health care.  She added:

“I worked in a corporate office job for 15 years where everything was about making a profit, but I always knew I wanted to work as a midwife. The vision and values of the NHS are all about care and compassion and I love that, I love my job and I know I’ve done a good job if the women are happy with their care.”

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