After a three-year break due to the pandemic, Emma Willis returns to life as a Maternity Care Assistant at The Princess Alexandra Hospital in Essex.
Her work here sees her living out her childhood dream, following in her mum’s footsteps who also worked as an MCA.
Alongside colleagues old and new, Emma will work up to 40 hours a week. MCA’s have a multi-skilled role, so Emma will be assisting in high-risk caesareans, vaginal births and working on the antenatal and postnatal wards to care for new Mums and their babies.
With a national shortage of midwives, Emma’s role on the maternity ward is more vital than ever.
Over a period of four months, Emma will take part in a national upskilling programme designed to give MCAs more responsibility and take the pressure off hard-working midwives.
The role will see her learning how to carry out observations on unwell babies and safely discharge women from hospital. Emma will also, for the first time, work independently in the community visiting new Mum’s in their homes.
Emma Willis: Delivering Babies returns Thursday 22nd September at 9pm on W.