Monday, 30 June 2014

Our Volunteer Claire gives a Talk about HG to Local Midwives

Volunteer Claire, picture centre holding one of our posters, at her talk last week

On Friday, Claire, one of our volunteers, gave a talk to her local midwifery team. It was something she had been planning to do for a while, because she felt so grateful for the support she had been given by her own midwife. 

Claire described how at one point her GP wouldn't change the medication she was on, despite the fact she was suffering from terrible side effects. It was at this point that her midwife stepped in and supported Claire in getting the treatment she needed:

"Pauline spoke to a consultant at the hospital and it was the start of the process that got me [a different prescription]. And then later when the GP wouldn't re-prescribe [it] she sorted that too."

Such advocacy on behalf of the patient should be celebrated and we are so glad that Claire was able to meet up with Pauline and her colleagues to express how much of a difference it makes and introduce other ways in which they could support women with HG.

Claire not only shared her own experiences but also gave the midwives information about Pregnancy Sickness Support and the Volunteer Network that she is part of.

"It went really well," she says. "They were so interested - loads of questions and interaction! One of the team was particularly interested, she's got a friend who suffered and is starting a Masters [degree] soon where the topic is about empowering women and she's thinking of making it about HG. So we swapped numbers."

We'd like to thank Claire for taking the time to prepare and give this talk to her local midwifery team as it sounds like it was a real success. And we'd like to thank the midwives for taking the time to attend and learn more about HG.

If you'd like to give a similar talk to your own local midwives, then please do get in touch with us. Our trustee, Susie, has information slides which she created for her own talk and which she would be happy to share with you. We can also provide you with information leaflets, posters, and balloons to take with you.