I am Fiona Cooke.
I was born and raised in the Herefordshire countryside with three siblings at my side. Being the youngest of four and having a sister who had her first child while still living in the family home, I have had a tremendous amount to do with little ones from a very young age.
Although my profession has involved a great deal of travelling to a range of fascinating cities and countries, I have continued to live and bring up my own children in my home village. I, myself, have two grown-up daughters, whom I had at the age of 22 and 24. Since having my first, I have learnt so much about being a parent and how much a mother’s life can change. However, I absolutely love being a mum and adore both of my girls very much. Being a mum really is the best job in the world.
Due to having my children prior to pursuing my career, I initially had a part-time job at a veterinary ophthalmology clinic. Even though I thoroughly enjoyed this line of work, particularly caring for the animals, I decided that, after 8 years, I wanted to study.
Eventually, after having completed an access to higher education course, entailing a range of subjects, I was able to apply for a midwifery degree. In 2002, I was over the moon to be accepted at Staffordshire University to study Midwifery. The long hours of hard work – balancing schooling and parenting – had finally paid off.
For 3 years, I worked exceptionally hard with great determination to complete the course. However, during my time training to become a midwife and undertaking a range of roles, I realised that my passion was to look after and help mothers and their newborns. The time I spent on the postnatal wards was the most incredible of the years I’d trained. I’d never imagined how much a person could value your help and expertise of parenting. It left me feeling truly inspired.
After having a year out of education, maternity nursing found me! My dream job...
Since my first placement in 2006, I have never looked back. I have now worked with many families and helped them to adjust and enjoy their life with a new baby. To me, it’s an amazing privilege to be working with families at such a magical time.