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Nada Abdul-Majid

Midwife

At St James's, the LGI and out in the community our midwives, nurses and midwifery assistants work tirelessly to ensure that healthy babies are delivered and mums and dads are supported. However, some births aren't so straightforward and families require extra support.

"I love working with mums, dads and babies here in Leeds. There's nothing better than seeing the care that we deliver here on the Transitional unit make an impact for the families, day-in, day-out," said Nada. "Lots of the newborns we see are incredibly fragile, due to prematurity or complications prior to and during birth, and need that extra bit of care and attention. I feel an enormous sense of job satisfaction to be able to help them on their way to being able to leave."

"The care we provide varies depending on the baby we're looking after, but the majority are either born prematurely or require nasogastric tubes to aid feeding in the earliest stages of life, "she added. "The average day, if there is such a thing, sees midwives on the unit helping with feeding regimes, changing and checking that the baby is doing well."

Transitional Care looks after newborns who may not have specific medical needs, such as those infants in our Neonatal units, but still require extra support over the first few days and weeks. Generally, babies who are born prematurely are cared for on the unit by midwives like Nada.

The unit offers additional support to women following birth and helps to put those mums who may face difficult circumstances get in touch with advocacy groups.

"While the babies are the main reason we're here, in the transitional care team we also offer lots of additional support to mums and dads. This holistic approach really does make a huge difference for the early stages of the child's development," explained Nada. "On occasion, we see mums who have substance dependency issues, so it is vitally important that we are there for them and their child. We will always work to ensure that these families especially receive the care, time and support they need."

"Each family is different, so it's really important that we tailor care to suit the individuals we look after and make sure that their unique needs are met. Sometimes this can simply be around the practicalities of care - breastfeeding, handling the baby correctly, etc. - and on other occasions this can be offering emotional support," shared Nada. "It's great to see parents develop alongside their babies while they are in our care. We always try and make sure they are ready and prepared as possible for life with their new child before they leave us."