Background: Lydia began working for the London Ambulance Service in 2012 as a student paramedic whilst undertaking training at St Georges University of London. Prior to this, she completed her A-levels and worked part-time as a support worker for adults with learning difficulties. Due to her academic achievements, Lydia was expected to go into medicine, but instead decided on paramedic science as the profession interested her.
Obstetric experience: She has been a qualified paramedic since 2014 and has been present at approximately 50 out of hospital births, delivering approximately 20 of them herself, often alone. As she works both on the cars and on the ambulances she experiences the immediate emergency and follows the patient all the way into the delivery suit. She is what is known as a “baby magnet” amongst her colleagues, and has delivered breech babies, resuscitated new borns, looked after a woman with cord prolapse and placenta abruption but is yet to see shoulder dystocia! She has had maternal collapses from large PPHs more times then she cares to remember, and has also been first on scene to a third trimester mother in traumatic cardiac arrest. It is fair to say she has seen her fair share of out of hospital obstetric emergencies. POET Certified.
Job Role: She currently works as a 50/50 Frontline Paramedic and Paramedic Development Co-ordinator in South London. She mentors and manages all new paramedics as well as apprentice paramedics and numerous student paramedics. This allows her to teach one to one and in a group. She works closely with the obstetric training team in her trust to deliver joint training sessions between advanced paramedics and midwives.
Future aspirations: Although she loves her current job she would like to progress to either training officer or some form of different management in a few years. She is also considering retraining as a midwife as she loves that aspect of her job. She is looking forward to spending time with people who are also passionate about obstetric care, and sharing her experiences for the benefit of others.