How to benefit babies & influence people; leadership at Queens, Romford

Updated: Jun 26, 2019

Amy Macatonia - Queens Hospital (BHRUT) in Romford.

Insta: @themamaboard


BIOGRAPHY

Amy Macatonia worked as a nurse for 10 years before transitioning to midwifery where she has spent the last 5 years passionately supporting women and now influencing practice. Amy is a mother of a 2 year old son and is very happily expecting another baby in November! I'd like to thank Amy for taking the time to inspire us all with this short blog and credit to Queen's Hospital Maternity Unit for working collaboratively as a team to improve outcomes for mothers and babies.


After Amy had her son, she couldn't believe how many women she met at baby groups who just didn't have enough information about birth or the support they needed. She knew she wanted to be get involved in their antenatal care and provide them good information so they could make informed choices about their birth. As a result Amy now runs antenatal classes called 'The Mama Board' providing; hypnobirthing and relaxation classes, postnatal and breastfeeding support. Bravo Amy!


7 Small Ways to make positive change

Listening to Amanda Burleigh at the MAMA conference in 2016 inspired me. I hardly knew anything about optimal cord clamping or its benefits and I've always wanted to get the message across to my colleagues, just as she had me.


So when I was asked to stay on the labour ward to help promote and support normality… I said "yes please! It's my favourite thing to do!"


Moving from a birth centre to labour ward I noticed some practices, such as immediate cord clamping continued as routine habit. I discusse