New consultant midwife at Epsom and St Helier hospitals

Marion Louki is the new consultant midwife at Epsom and St Helier hospitals

Marion Louki is the new consultant midwife at Epsom and St Helier hospitals

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

A new consultant midwife who wants to encourage more women to give birth naturally has been appointed to Epsom and St Helier hospitals.

Marion Louki, who has joined the hospital trust from St George’s, in Tooting, will be a senior member of midwifery staff who will provide clinical leadership, management and development to the team who care for parents-to-be and their new babies.

The former graphic designer, who retrained as a midwife after giving birth to four children, will be spending half of her time in the clinical areas supporting staff.

She said: "One of my main priorities will be to support and promote normal births and that’s something I feel very strongly about. 

"With the help and support of our expert midwifery team, the vast majority of women can give birth normally, and where that is possible, there are huge benefits for mother and baby. 

"Women are, after all, built to give birth normally and it is the fundamental role of midwifery to recognise and encourage this natural physiological process.

"Women who give birth normally are less likely to experience large blood loss, recover quickly from the pregnancy and labour, and bond well with their babies."

She added: "Having my children was the inspiration for re-training as a midwife. 

"I was a graphic designer previously, but during my own pregnancies and childbirth, I became incredibly interested in the biology and physiology of what was happening. 

"My passion for midwifery grew from then, and I haven’t looked back.

"It’s an incredible job, and I feel honoured to be a part of such an important time in the life of others."

The trust is recruiting for a second consultant midwife.  For more information visit twitter.com/esth_jobs.

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7:57am Sun 22 Jun 14

tjames says...

another waste of money--pc feminist nonsense--need more medical consultants--should be a medical consultant-led consultant service--another of bliars creations
another waste of money--pc feminist nonsense--need more medical consultants--should be a medical consultant-led consultant service--another of bliars creations tjames
  • Score: -22

1:24pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Binsanity says...

tjames wrote:
another waste of money--pc feminist nonsense--need more medical consultants--should be a medical consultant-led consultant service--another of bliars creations
Sorry to disagree but Marions life experiences put her in pole position to offer aid and guidence to a sometimes very difficult and very dangerous situe. A good appointment and Marions hands on approach, commendable. Good luck to her and her patients.
[quote][p][bold]tjames[/bold] wrote: another waste of money--pc feminist nonsense--need more medical consultants--should be a medical consultant-led consultant service--another of bliars creations[/p][/quote]Sorry to disagree but Marions life experiences put her in pole position to offer aid and guidence to a sometimes very difficult and very dangerous situe. A good appointment and Marions hands on approach, commendable. Good luck to her and her patients. Binsanity
  • Score: 15

8:29pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Michael Pantlin says...

Binsanity wrote:
tjames wrote:
another waste of money--pc feminist nonsense--need more medical consultants--should be a medical consultant-led consultant service--another of bliars creations
Sorry to disagree but Marions life experiences put her in pole position to offer aid and guidence to a sometimes very difficult and very dangerous situe. A good appointment and Marions hands on approach, commendable. Good luck to her and her patients.
Yes good luck to Marion and her patients but we would all benefit more from a reduction in the birth rate so maybe a family planning consultant appointment could reduce the demand for maternity services and over-pressure on health and education resources as well as unsustainable pressure on the Earth's finite resources.
[quote][p][bold]Binsanity[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tjames[/bold] wrote: another waste of money--pc feminist nonsense--need more medical consultants--should be a medical consultant-led consultant service--another of bliars creations[/p][/quote]Sorry to disagree but Marions life experiences put her in pole position to offer aid and guidence to a sometimes very difficult and very dangerous situe. A good appointment and Marions hands on approach, commendable. Good luck to her and her patients.[/p][/quote]Yes good luck to Marion and her patients but we would all benefit more from a reduction in the birth rate so maybe a family planning consultant appointment could reduce the demand for maternity services and over-pressure on health and education resources as well as unsustainable pressure on the Earth's finite resources. Michael Pantlin
  • Score: -7

2:33pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Georgia Lewis says...

Michael Pantlin, there is a very good family planning clinic at St Helier Hospital. Of course, if St Helier loses its maternity unit, the family planning clinic could also be under threat too but don't let facts get in the way of a good diatribe...

tjames, I am going to assume you're a man for the purposes of this exercise. Here is some information for you...

1. Judging by your past posts, you seem obsessed with the cost of the NHS. On average, a natural delivery costs the NHS less than a C-section so from a cold cost point-of-view, this should keep the bean counters happy.

2. St Helier Hospital performs C-sections when necessary. I know at least one woman who had an excellent experience at St Helier when she required an emergency C-section as well as multiple women who have had excellent experiences at the hospital with natural deliveries.

3. As well as the new consultant midwife, St Helier Hospital also has other excellent leaders in its maternity/gynaecolog
y departments such as Mr Hassan Shehata and Dr Elizabeth Sherriff.

But please don't let facts get in the way of a spot of ill-informed feminist-bashing...
Michael Pantlin, there is a very good family planning clinic at St Helier Hospital. Of course, if St Helier loses its maternity unit, the family planning clinic could also be under threat too but don't let facts get in the way of a good diatribe... tjames, I am going to assume you're a man for the purposes of this exercise. Here is some information for you... 1. Judging by your past posts, you seem obsessed with the cost of the NHS. On average, a natural delivery costs the NHS less than a C-section so from a cold cost point-of-view, this should keep the bean counters happy. 2. St Helier Hospital performs C-sections when necessary. I know at least one woman who had an excellent experience at St Helier when she required an emergency C-section as well as multiple women who have had excellent experiences at the hospital with natural deliveries. 3. As well as the new consultant midwife, St Helier Hospital also has other excellent leaders in its maternity/gynaecolog y departments such as Mr Hassan Shehata and Dr Elizabeth Sherriff. But please don't let facts get in the way of a spot of ill-informed feminist-bashing... Georgia Lewis
  • Score: 11

5:29pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Pippa Maslin says...

I am genuinely astounded by the comments from tjames and Michael Pantlin. I think this is an excellent move for Epsom and St Helier Hospitals.

I also agree with what Georgia Lewis says.
I am genuinely astounded by the comments from tjames and Michael Pantlin. I think this is an excellent move for Epsom and St Helier Hospitals. I also agree with what Georgia Lewis says. Pippa Maslin
  • Score: 2

6:08pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Georgia Lewis says...

And Michael Pantlin's point about overpopulation is a red herring. We still need reproduction to happen to ensure the population is at replacement level. Even if people were breeding at a Michael Pantlin-approved rate, we would still need maternity services.

(And before anyone uses this issue as an excuse to jump on the anti-immigration bandwagon, even if immigration were to stop tomorrow, people would still continue to have babies.)
And Michael Pantlin's point about overpopulation is a red herring. We still need reproduction to happen to ensure the population is at replacement level. Even if people were breeding at a Michael Pantlin-approved rate, we would still need maternity services. (And before anyone uses this issue as an excuse to jump on the anti-immigration bandwagon, even if immigration were to stop tomorrow, people would still continue to have babies.) Georgia Lewis
  • Score: 2

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