Sara Keogh has become the new head of midwifery at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Ms Keogh will be based at Bradford Royal Infirmary, where the trust’s midwife-led birth centre and consultant-led labour ward are situated.
“My main focus will be on promoting normality in birth”
The seven-bed unit provides modern facilities and equipment for women expecting low-risk pregnancies and births.
Ms Keogh has joined the trust from Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, where she was head of midwifery and head of nursing for surgery for the past three years.
Prior to 2014, she worked as a delivery suite midwife at Airedale General Hospital for 20 years, becoming antenatal clinic and assessment manager before moving on to manage the labour ward.
Ms Keogh, who has succeeded Julie Walker, said she was “looking forward to the challenge of developing our service to pregnant women across the district”.
New head of midwifery for Bradford Royal Infirmary
“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,” she said.
Trust chief nurse Karen Dawber said: “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,” she said.
“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,” she added.