Jennie qualified in 2006 after studying midwifery at the University of Bradford. Her career so far has been varied, working in busy hospitals as well as midwifery-led units, community midwifery and leading the rollout of a dedicated homebirth service.
For the past five years Jennie has lived on the Isle of Islay, practising remote and rural midwifery. This has developed her skills in somewhat unexpected directions, enriching her personal satisfaction and the care she’s been able to provide. What Jennie loves the most is being able to provide true relationship-based care in her community, getting to know women and families well throughout their pregnancy and postnatal journey – true continuity in action.
Jennie is also ‘Digital Midwife’ for Argyll and Bute maternity services, supporting the use of digital records, home monitoring and video consultations. She’s working towards a Masters’ degree in Health Research at the University of Stirling, and hopes to undertake some qualitative research for her dissertation with focus on aspects of remote and rural midwifery practice.
Outside of work, she is a keen DIY’er and loves design and renovation projects. When she doesn’t have a hammer or grout trowel in hand, she can usually be found walking her two dogs or tending to her three wee chickens!
Jennie said “I am delighted to be joining the SPN team and welcome the opportunity to contribute to Scotland’s Maternity services at this strategic level. I’m passionate about service development providing equity of high-quality care across Scotland. I am an optimist and hope we all share the same goal, of creating positive experiences of maternity care for women, birthing people, and families; experiences we know will last a lifetime”