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Siobhan Canny, Midwife
Siobhan Canny is a Midwife working in Galway Regional Hospital. After her Leaving Certificate she completed a Certificate in Nursing, a Higher Diploma in Midwifery, and a BA in Midwifery. Her commitment to the profession is thorough, and she continues to upskill within the area.
For my Leaving Certificate I chose Biology as my Science subject. This along with Home Economics allowed me to get a place on a Nurse training programme.
Following my Leaving Certificate I have completed several courses
I have also completed training in managing obstetric emergencies and have provided training to Midwives and Doctors on this subject. The courses I have taken have been focussed on improving my clinical knowledge and have allowed me to improve the level of care I provide to the women. It has also given me the opportunity to progress in my career as a Midwife
The degree programme in Midwifery was a big stepping stone for me in my career. This was my first opportunity to study at degree level. I was introduced to some very academic approaches to midwifery which I was able to take on board and bring back to my work place.
The additional courses I have taken on are Managing Maternity Emergencies . These have proven very beneficial as they have given me a very clear understanding of the management of the emergency . I then teach and train staff within my unit which I enjoy and it is an additional skill I have acquired.
I wish to undertake a Masters in Health Services Management within the next few years. My current role as a midwife is in management and I wish to develop myself within this role.
I would also like to maintain some clinical input as this is a part of my role as midwife that I really enjoy.