"I grew up going to fabric..." Happy 75th Birthday to our NHS
Did you spot us on the cover of Time Out London to mark the anniversary of the NHS?
To mark 75 years of the National Heath Service, Time Out London, speak to eight Londoners about their work and their favourite spots in the city. Including one midwife who picked fabric as their happy place. Read more below or check out the full cover feature here.
‘I grew up going to fabric and I love London’s nightlife. I find it so therapeutic to get lost in electronic music with all of the lights and the crowd.’ – Kyia Omoshebi, 27, equity and inclusion lead midwife.
‘Before my current role, I was a birth centre midwife. I love assisting women to believe in their bodies: it’s all about the connection you make with people. It’s what I do throughout my life, whether it's being able to smile at a baby on the train or meeting someone on a night out in the toilets and chatting.
‘I went into midwifery with a very activist mindset. When we’re looking at racism, we need to understand how it’s embedded within systems like the NHS, which can mean people do come to harm: for example, Black women in the UK are still four times more likely to die in pregnancy and childbirth than white women. After campaigning work, I was awarded money to start a project around tailored antenatal classes for Black women with linked midwife roles – eventually it became a permanent position. My mission is to tackle unconscious and automatic bias and to amplify the voices of communities with protected characteristics.’
My London happy place: ‘I grew up going to fabric and I love London’s nightlife. I find it so therapeutic to get lost in electronic music with all of the lights and the crowd.’
Kyia Omoshebi, 27, equity and inclusion lead midwife.
Read more here.