Thanks to Alana (who I trained with) for this week’s interview!
1. What is your name, age and favorite colour?
Alana 28 blue
2. When did you know you wanted to become a midwife?
Probably when i first started my nursing degree, i thought ill nurse for a while but then was always interested in midwifery, but felt i needed to get a bit more life experience.
3. Where did you do your midwifery training? Why did you choose that particular uni/hospital?
Trained at Sutherland and St George hospitals, through UTS
4. How long have you been a midwife? And what area of midwifery do you work in?
Have been a qualified midwife now for 4 years, work in lots of different areas mainly, antenatal clinic, antenatal education, post natal, and community. I am starting a rotation to delivery suite in May though.
5. Are you a mum? Whether you answered yes or no, do you think that has any affect on your practice as a midwife?
Yes i’m a mum to two lovely little girls..It has definitley changed my practice, I believe i am a lot more empathetic now, as i can understand what the women are going through. It has changed my whole perception on things like the difficulty in breastfeeding and i know why women want an epidural!
6. What is your favorite birthing memory?
My favourite birthing memory would probably be my own births (even though they were also the most horrific moments of my life) but knowing my body could birth, and the feeling of seeing my daughters for the first time remains indescribable. besides mine my sisters births and my best friends – where i caught the baby, where amazing. When you are emotionally connected to the woman it takes on a whole new dimension. Also the first birth i did was very special…. I never get over the miracle of birth or take for granted that i have been present at the most amazing time of a couples life.
7. Can you recall a time when you were most scared as a midwife?
The first birth i saw i thought the baby was dead… it was fine! and probably a bad PPH i was at, and a shoulder dystocia… Its sometimes easy to get blase about birth but you can alwasy be quickly reminded of how things can change quickly…
8. What’s your birthing or midwifery philosophy?
I believe in natural birth and allowing the body to do what its designed for. I believe in women empowering themselves through the choices they make for their own pregnancy and birth experience. However I do believe there is a time and a place for intervention.
9. Do you think you’ll still be a midwife in 20 years?
I think i’ll always be proud to say I’m a midwife and i’m not sure if i’ll still be working clinically in 20 years… the thought of doing nights for 20 more years is quite hideous! I love my job though and hope to be doing something midwife related.
10. What’s one thing you want every expectant mother to know?
That it is going to be hard work…amazing and wonderful but very hard, BUT it will get easier…Also have faith in yourself you can do it!