Name Dr Suzi dunkerton
Name of your business/group/your role/job Obstetric registrar
Why do you love all things pregnancy birth and baby?
It is my job and such a priviledge to be a part of someone’s birth.
What brought you to this line of work?
I knew from the moment I saw my first birth at medical school that I wanted to do obstetrics. It was a miracle, women are amazing!
What does your work involve and why do you feel it’s so important?
I am the doctor the midwife will call in if they feel they need a little more support. I work with midwives to make sure women and babies are safe during pregnancy, birth and afterwards.
What is the most important piece of advice you would give a pregnant woman?
I cried at 34 weeks pregnant when I walked in to a well known baby shop as I was so overwhelmed at all the things I supposedly needed. You do not need much to look after a baby. Mainly time, love and whatever type of milk you choose!
What is the most important piece of advice you would give a new mum? Happy mummy equals happy baby. Do what keeps you sane and happy.
Do you have any great tips for childbirth or a ‘must have?‘
Your own pillow!
What is your personal birth philosophy?
Go with the flow. Most obstetricians want you to have a normal birth too. I have assisted a lot of normal deliveries, sometimes you just need another person to tell you that you are doing fine and you can do it. Even if a caesarean or instrumental delivery is suggested, this is not a failure on your part, sometimes babies don’t read the rule books! Ask for a full debrief of what happened afterwards if you feel it was all a blur. A lot of hospitals with have a birth reflections service.
What are your thoughts on preparing for childbirth?
I think a series of antenatal classes are great for meeting new friends. My NCT mates are still my support network and I could not be without them.
Your top tips for getting back to work after birth and working around your family?
I was very stressed and anxious about going back to work but it was actually completely fine. I wasted the last few months of maternity leave worrying about going back, so try not to do that! Take each day as it comes and enjoy the time you have with your kids.