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Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has a new head of midwifery.

Sara Keogh will be based at Bradford Royal Infirmary, where the Trust’s midwife-led Birth Centre and consultant-led Labour Ward are situated.

Sara joined the Trust from Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, where she was head of midwifery and nursing for surgery for three years.

Prior to 2014, she worked as a delivery suite midwife at Airedale General Hospital for 20 years, working her way up to antenatal clinic and assessment manager, before moving on to manage the labour ward.

Sara, who lives in Ilkley, said: “I’m delighted to have been appointed head of midwifery at Bradford Teaching Hospitals and am looking forward to the challenge of developing our service to pregnant women across the district.

Well-run midwifery unit

“It’s clear I have inherited a well-run midwifery unit that has a very different set of challenges to those that I faced in Harrogate, with all the complexities that a diverse and economically deprived population here in the city demands.

“My main focus will be on promoting normality in birth and encouraging positive birth experiences, especially for those women at high risk of complications, in order that despite this, they have the birth that they want.”

Sara succeeds Julie Walker, who worked diligently for many decades to create, among other service improvements, the Trust’s pioneering midwife-led Birth Centre which opened on November 26, 2011.

The seven-bed unit provides modern facilities and equipment for women expecting low-risk pregnancies and births.

Welcome to the Trust

Chief Nurse, Karen Dawber, said: "On behalf of the Trust board, I would like to welcome Sara to her new role. We are very privileged to attract such an accomplished head of midwifery to the Trust.

“Our midwife-led Birth Centre and consultant-led Labour Ward see around 6,000 births every year between them, making us one of the busiest units in the country, so it is an exciting time to work in Bradford.

“I am looking forward to working with Sara and utilising her great experience and skills as we continue to develop our services for women, babies and their families.”

Read more at: http://www.bradfordhospitals.nhs.uk/womens-and-newborn-unit

Expectant and new parents can view our midwife-run ‘Bradford Antenatal Birth and BeYond (BABY)’ Facebook page, which is packed with a wealth of information and advice at: https://www.facebook.com/Bradford-Antenatal-Birth-and-BeYond-431743650357264/