Sue in Conversation With Jenny Clarke Midwife Of the Year Talking About The #SkinToSkin Campaign for NEW Mums & Dads!

Interview with Jenny Clarke –  Midwife of The Year, #SkinToSkin Campaigner and compassionate child birth expert.

Sue spoke to the campaigning midwife, Jenny Clarke, about her passion for helping mothers through childbirth and the amazing benefits of skin-to-skin contact.

Jenny Clarke is a full-time core clinical midwife in the team at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She was runner up in the Kate Granger NHS compassionate care awards in 2015 and Midwife of the Year 2015 at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals.

She has worked in various specialities within maternity services in posts which include community midwifery sister, postnatal ward manager and public health midwife (as a lead for the NW Stop smoking service focusing on reducing smoking in pregnancy).

In August 2013 she was one of 5 midwives who helped set up Fylde Coast Birth at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust as a new service. The water birth rate increased by over 300%.

Her experience and connections as a midwife have led to a passion for the physiology of birth.

Her focus of care is on maintaining peace and encouraging women. A large part of her work is around extolling the benefits about skin to skin contact for the newborn and the mother: you can find out more on her personal Twitter account, @JennyTheM.

She is a proud team member of @WeMidwives – as they unite midwives throughout the world via the 21st century platform of social media. She is also part of the matexp.org.uk group which focuses on maternity experiences in the UK.

As an NHS Care-maker, she considers the 6Cs on a daily basis and also at each contact with women, newborns and their families.

Other commitments include public speaking and blogging & her aim is to connect others to improve maternity services and share good practice.

SkinToSkin is about valuing a woman’s role as a mother and it’s about love. It’s also about quality care, safety, compassion and making a difference as well as the immense health benefits that close contact can bring to ALL members of the family especially the baby.

  • Skin-to-skin contact immediately after delivery reduces crying, improves mother to infant interaction, keeps baby warm, and allows mothers to breastfeed successfully.
  • Temperature, heart rate and breathing are more stable.
  • Babies also have lower levels of cortisol. Bacteria are established on the newborns skin from the mother which reduces incidence of infection.
  • Women who hold their baby skin-to-skin have more confidence in parenting skills, and usually recognise and respond to their infant’s needs sooner than mothers who are separated from baby following delivery.

To find out more about Jenny go to Jenny’s blog