Heart to Heart

Heart to Heart

As a workforce manager in the NHS, Claire London already had a successful career but knew her heart’s ambition lay in midwifery. Claire handed in her notice, retook her Maths GSCE and enrolled at UEA. She hasn’t looked back since.

Claire London already had a Master’s in Strategic Human Resource Management and Leadership. She enjoyed managing staff and making key decisions but still felt that something was missing. It took a work night out, when a colleague asked what her perfect job would be, to make Claire realise that – 20 years down the line – her dream of being a midwife had never gone away.

The real pull was the satisfaction of having an immediate and real impact on peoples’ lives, particularly mothers and their newborn babies. 

Meet those challenges

The only thing that stood in her way was a failed Maths GCSE but once she realised that the obstacle wasn’t insurmountable – she routinely managed large budgets in her role – she set about following her dream.

In the following 12 months, Claire passed not one but two maths GCSEs (she did both the UK and the International options, just to make sure), and enrolled onto the BSc (Hons) Midwifery degree at UEA. 

Make an immediate impact

Claire appreciates every moment of her new career. ‘Every time I am part of a team that delivers a baby, I’m in awe. I always get a tear in my eye – it’s such a precious moment. I feel so lucky to have been part of that experience.’

Now in her final year, Claire has helped to establish the Midwifery Society at UEA, and has also worked with midwives in New Zealand to explore women-centred care. She believes this technique is hugely beneficial in how we care for women before, during and after labour, and is keen to use this technique when she becomes a registered midwife.

She adds: ‘I am so excited about the future. I have learnt from some amazing practitioners and lecturers and am so grateful to have had the level of training I’ve had at the UEA. I can’t wait to be a registered midwife and start delivering babies on my own.’

It’s never too late

Claire has some straightforward advice for future students: ‘To anyone having second thoughts, I say follow your dream. It’s never too late to do what you want to do. Work hard, stay focused, and you’ll get there. It took me a little longer than I would have liked, but I’m so glad I made the decision to change my career. I haven’t regretted it for one moment.’