A trainee midwife who delivered thirty-seven babies in little over a year has been recognised for her work.
Denise Ahmed, who won the national Inspirational Student award this year, has been hailed a local hero at Hillingdon Hospital. Fifteen months ahead of schedule, she's almost reached the total of forty deliveries required for her training.
Denise balances her studies at the University of West London and her midwifery duties at the hospital alongside raising her four children.
She told Vanessa Baffoe why she's getting into the profession at a time when many are leaving and also explained why she supports the decision by members of the Royal College of Midwives to strike for the first time in its 133-year history.
Earlier this year The Public Accounts Committee published a report explaining that there is a shortage of midwives in England.
Labour MP for Barking Margret Hodge said that the county has a shortage of 2,300 midwives that are required to meet current birth rates, calling it a ‘truely worrying figure.’
On average, a midwife earns £25,000 a year, when based in inner London working 12 hour days.
Denise Linay from the Royal College of Midwives, she joined Headline London to talk over the shortage, and the reasons why people may not be attracted to the job.