Laura Wyatt is a Bereavement Midwife in Cardiff who returned to Wales with plans to train as a paediatric nurse. Career flexibility, continuous training and support combined with Laura’s hardworking attitude throughout her career helped her achieve Emma’s Diary ‘Midwife of the Year 2017’ award. She explains:
“I’m originally from West Wales and decided to move back to carry out my Nurse training in Cardiff because of the opportunities that were available to me here, after working as a nanny for two years outside of Wales. I loved the experience of working with children and originally wanted to specialise as a children’s nurse when I completed my general nursing in 1998. But after covering several maternity placements my career aspirations turned to midwifery, which has turned out to be the best decision I’ve ever made.
“Training, working and living anywhere other than Wales was never an option for me. I was brought up in Wales so knew about the benefits of starting a family here alongside the advantages of working within the NHS. My current role as a Bereavement Midwife involves providing support for couples who’ve experienced the loss of a baby and it is a challenging but very rewarding job. For me, the most important thing is to listen to my patients and I’ve worked with some fantastic women, guiding them through their pregnancies and helping them after the birth. This is made much easier by the hardworking and talented staff around me who always go the extra mile. We’ve got an amazing community here.
“There’s a great education system here in Wales for those wanting to train and progress a career in both nursing and midwifery. I’ve had a tailor-made development programme designed to help me meet my career aspirations and wouldn’t have achieved what I have without structured mentoring and support from my peers. I work with a wonderful team who listen to each other to provide the best quality care to our patients.
“I was so overwhelmed to be nominated for the ‘Midwife of the Year 2017’ award by one of my former patients, and was even more shocked to win it. It feels amazing to be recognised for all my work over the last 20 years.
“The benefits of working and living in Wales are endless. Wales is such a passionate and friendly nation, and you’re never too far away from the beautiful landscapes and countryside. I strongly encourage anyone who wants to be surrounded by beautiful landscapes and benefit from a structured career path, to consider Wales as their choice for starting a new life.”