A NEW head of midwifery has made a seaside swap from Brighton to the Yorkshire coast where he will lead the team delivering babies from the Whitby area.
Steve Hogarth (49) joins the local health trust from Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust where he was matron for maternity services.
He brings with him over 31 years experience in the NHS, including mental health and general nursing.
Mr Hogarth said: “In 1994 I trained to be a midwife in Bath and to this day I am still the only male midwife that they have ever trained.
“So many people have asked me, why are you called a midwife if you’re a man?
“The answer is simple; the word midwife means to ‘be with woman’.
“After completing my midwifery training I continued to work in Bath as a midwife until 2001 when I then went to work at St George’s Hospital in London where I became project lead midwife and later labour ward manager.
“In 2006, I moved to Brighton as matron for maternity services before taking on the role of acting head of midwifery.”
Mr Hogarth, who is originally from Merseyside, said that he had been looking for an opportunity to move back up north after 31 years of southern living.
However, as well as being closer to home, the head of midwifery position at Scarborough also gave him an opportunity to further develop his leadership skills.
He added: “Everyone has made me feel very welcome. I feel very proud to have been appointed to this role, as this is my first head of midwifery position and I feel very privileged to be leading and supporting the teams here at Scarborough, Whitby, Bridlington and Malton.
“There is good practice happening and I want to make sure that midwives, obstetricians and support staff have the support, training and development that they need to ensure our parents experience a good clinical and psychological outcome.
“Although Scarborough is a smaller trust than my previous hospitals – for example St George’s delivered on average 4,000 babies a year and Brighton 3,700 – it actually covers a bigger geographical area which brings with it different challenges.”
Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHs Trust delivered 1,700 babies during 2009/10.
Mr Hogarth has a Bsc in Health and social care and a Msc in Professional Leadership in Healthcare.
He is also an ALSO Instructor. ALSO (UK) provides and develops training courses for obstetricians, midwives, GPs and affiliated professionals in life-saving techniques and emergency care in the field of obstetrics and midwifery.