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Leah Hazard on changing career after having her first child

Season 3, Ep. 17

While we take a rest over the summer, we’re sharing some remastered episodes from Season One, chosen by listeners.


This week, I talk to Leah Hazard, NHS midwife extraordinaire and author of Hard Pushed, part memoir of Leah’s life on the labour ward, and part exploration of the current state of the profession.


Leah is as funny, wise and warm in person as she is in print, and she talks about the life-changing decision to leave her TV career and train to be a midwife, and the moment when the stress became too much during one very busy night on the ward.

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