Joanna in PPE
‘Babies aren't going to stop being born for a pandemic!’ Joanna is an NHS midwife at the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge. I'm intrigued by how PPE has changed the process of welcoming a newborn child into the world. It has forced new barriers between midwife and mother that previously didn't exist. A huge part of Joanna's job involves giving clear communication and comfort which is vital for effective care. Not only has PPE created difficult working environments for staff, it has also left mothers feeling distant and scared during an unnerving time to give birth. I love how Joanna's name is written on her visor which is a way her hospital has tried to instil familiarity. Her eyes remain so warm and welcoming. I wanted to make this portrait as a visual reminder of this unique moment in Joanna's career.