Midwife of the week #8

Introducing the 3rd Rachel to be interviewed! Thanks to this week’s “Midwife of the week”.

1. What is your name, age and favourite colour?

My name is Rachael and I am 37. My favorite colour is green.

2. When did you know you wanted to become a midwife? & 3. Where did you do your midwifery training? Why did you choose that particular uni/hospital?

I have been a midwife for 15 years. I first did my registered nurse training at Sydney University when I left school. Then I did my post graduate in midwifery at UTS.
From the age of 8-10yrs I knew I wanted to be a midwife. In my teens I looked after many babies for friends and babysat most weekends.

4. How long have you been a midwife? And what area of midwifery do you work in?

I currently work in delivery suite and have been in this area continuously for four years. Prior to this I have mostly worked postnatal and I still feel very skilled in this area even though I have been out for a bit. My other area of work is antenatal clinic and I am currently working in a centering model of continuity of care for low risk women.

5. Are you a mum? Whether you answered yes or no, do you think that has any affect on your practice as a midwife?

I am the mother of two amazing children. My son Connor is 12 years and started highschool this year. I am so proud of the young man be his becoming. The day I gave birth to my son was one of the happiest days of my life. All my life I have wanted children. My daughter Amy is 10 years and is an absolute delight. She has a beautiful generous nature and also adores young children. My children are great mates. Each night they hug and kiss each other goodnight. Then there is the gorgeous little person in my tummy who is 13 week gestation. I can’t wait to meet my baby and the kids are soooo excited too.

Yes I believe having children enriches your practice as you understand that the intense tiredness of motherhood. You can truly empathize with labouring women. But I still think I was a good midwife before I had kids too!

6. What is your favorite birthing memory?

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7. Can you recall a time when you were most scared as a midwife?

One of my scariest moments (there has been a few) was at hurstville community. A woman had a cord prolapse and another doctor went to theater to do a Caesarean. Her husband pased up and down the corridor asking me if the baby will be ok.

Another was a woman 2 yrs ago at St. George who we couldn’t stop bleeding. I felt so helpless.

8. What’s your birthing or midwifery philosophy?

My philosophy as a midwife is that every woman and family are individuals. Each woman brings into her pregnancy and labour life baggage. This baggage can create fear and pain perception. If my woman wants an epidural and it is a good time in her labour she will get it. I do not bring my own agenda into my practice. Yeah minimal drugs are best for mum and bub, but I have been at many beautiful epidural births too.

9. Do you think you’ll still be a midwife in 20 years?

Yes I do believe I will be doing this in 20 yrs. I love the girls I work with everyday and feel truly blessed to have a job I love and feel so privileged to share this special time in a families life.

10. What’s one thing you want every expectant mother to know?

Every expectant mother should know that this will be the most rewarding time of your life filled with extreme triedness, frustration, personal growth, laughter, tears. Look after your partner as he is your greatest asset, ally and friend.

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