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Midwife pushes for Ghana funds

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 16, 2014

By Abbey Buxton

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A MIDWIFE who went from delivering parcels to delivering babies is hoping for help to fund a training trip to Ghana.

Paula Elliot, pictured, used to work at the Britannia Building Society's commercial lending department for 23 years until 2011, when she was made redundant.

The 43-year-old, who has two daughters aged 18 and 10, decided to become a midwife and is now in the second year of her three year course at Staffordshire University.

As part of the course, students were offered to go to Ghana for three weeks to help train midwifes there, as well as picking up some tips from them along the way.

She said: "I had always wanted to be a midwife before I started working at Britannia.

"But after I got married and had my own children, I got settled in; it was a well paid job and I don't think I'd have left if I wasn't pushed. So after taking an access course to re-sit my maths GCSE at night school, I started applying to different universities to do my midwife degree.

"It took two years to get into university and in the meantime I worked all over the place.

"I worked at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire as a healthcare worker and volunteered for the maternity ward.

"I also worked for Parcel Force, so learned how to deliver everything, from parcels to babies."

Paula, who lives in Sneyd Green, needs to raise £3,000 to pay for her trip to Ghana.

She has already managed to scrape together £1,500 and is now appealing for help to generate more funding.

She said: "I am doing some fund-raising and I'm hoping my former colleagues and friends can help me out. It's such a life changing experience; I've never done anything like this before and I'm going to help save and deliver new lives.

"As part of the trip we are going to visit a lady who is not a trained midwife, but delivers up to 100 babies a day in her little concrete hut, where she lives, eats and sleeps."

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