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Heroes of the RUH – Emma Witts

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Meet Emma Witts, Community Midwife and Sonographer for the Royal United Hospitals Bath.

“I’m a Community midwife first, a tongue-tie practitioner and a midwife Sonographer. Midwifery is something I always wanted to go into, I trained at the RUH and have been with the Trust for seven years. There is nothing more rewarding than helping people – pregnancy is a happy time, a time of bringing families together. You get to see two become three.

“COVID-19 has sadly made everything so much harder. Now when someone’s in labour, you have to wear goggles, a gown, mask, and a visor, and it acts as a barrier. It’s challenging trying to strike up a rapport with somebody when all they’re seeing is my eyes. However, one woman turned round to me one day and said I can see your smile in your eyes which was really nice.

“At work, we call ourselves ‘frol-leagues’, because we are like family at work. We are there to support each other during good times and bad. I feel lucky to have a big network around me that make me feel really supported.

“In my spare time I keep fit and I like to do archery. I love spending time with my dog Molly, who is my absolute world. If I come home from a bad day, the greeting I get from her is like no other.

“For me, Christmas is a time of celebration, it’s a time to make people happy. More so this year, it is all about spending time with your family.

“The best thing about Christmas for me is the stockings, which I still get. About 6 years ago, I was working on Christmas Eve in Chippenham with my friend. We made up little stockings for the two babies on the ward and put up the stockings in their cots. It was brilliant.

“Without donations and people supporting us, a lot of the things we do wouldn’t be possible in the hospital. We are grateful for the support. People who support us enable us to make the environment we work in better and provide a better service.” ”

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