Jules is a skilled, committed and compassionate midwife with over 25 years’ experience practising in, and advising on, women’s physical and mental health and midwifery care. Currently planning, developing, organising and delivering training to volunteer peer mentors (Sure STEPS) and doulas (Maternity Mates) in pregnancy, birth, postnatal and early years support for vulnerable women and families in East London: the Maternity Mates Project was shortlisted for the RCM ‘Reducing Inequalities’ Award in 2018.
She has recently embarked on a Masters Degree in Academic Practice and possibly looking to secure position as a Midwife Trainer in the future. She is happiest when teaching and engaging learners from all backgrounds regardless of ability or language, whether in the UK or overseas.
Prior to the birth of her daughter in 2003, she spent over 2 years living and working in the far west of Nepal as a Safe Motherhood Advisor with VSO - working with government & NGOs - organising, developing and assisting in the training of female health workers such as Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs), establishing antenatal care and clinics in rural areas and promoting clean, safe delivery and better access to emergency obstetric care as part of the Safe Motherhood Initiative.
Ensuring all women and girls have access to education, knowledge, appropriate care and support by means of empowerment and advocating for women’s rights remains central to her practice.