Midwife of the week #7

Another brilliant midwife gives her side of the story. Thanks Jo!

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

Jo-Anne Amor, 41, blue

2. When did you know you wanted to become a midwife?

I have always wanted to work with babies since I was about 10.

3. Where did you do your midwifery training? Why did you choose that particular uni/hospital?

I left school in year 10, and worked at Mercedes-Benz for 12 years. After my fourth child I decided I should just do it and I went to University of Western Sydney, Bankstown (Milperra) in 2002 and did Registered Nursing for 3 years then went straight into the midwifery course in 2005 at the same uni, and was a Student Midwife at Liverpool Hospital. I chose that University as it was close to home and I had done my Registered nursing at the same uni. Liverpool Hospital is a tertiary hospital and I felt that I would gain alot of experience there.

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

I have been a Registered Midwife since 2006, I work in all the areas in Maternity – Delivery Suite, Antenatal Clinic, Postnatal, Antenatal Assessment Unit and sometimes out in the community.

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 am a mum, I have four children, Jamie 22, Shane, 15, Caitlyn 12 and Bradley 10, and soon to be a grandmother although I think I prefer Nan. I think life experience has definately helped with my midwifery practice having gained skills and the ability to cope and manage different situations and empathise and support women in labour.

6. What is your favorite birthing memory?

My favourite birthing memory mmm, gosh there is a few but one that comes to mind is a dad that sat close to his wife when the baby was about to be born and they wanted the baby placed skin to skin on his chest.

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

Have had a few scares, you come across some tricky situations in delivery suite.

8. What’s your birthing or midwifery philosophy?

Providing women centred care and keeping birth normal.

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

Yes I think I will still be a midwife in 20 years, my job is rewarding and I feel privileged to be able to share in such a special time in peoples lives.

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

Relax and enjoy your pregnancy, birth and children, they grow up so fast.

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