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Midwife of the week #4

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
Thanks Rachel M for being the fourth Midwife of the week!

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

Rachel ,38,Pink.

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

My whole reason for becoming a nurse was to eventually become a midwife and having worked in other areas of health care, I believe the profession of midwifery offers me both personal and professional fulfillment.

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

UTS Broadway-heard it was a great uni with some fantastic midwifery educators who were hands on with the latest evidence based practice.

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

3 Years/ I work within antenatal (particularly childbirth preparation classes), delivery and postnatal areas.

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 have 3 children. I believe having been through the process of childbirth has made it easier in some ways to care for women during labour and also offer support and advice in postnatal issues mainly through life experiences, but each woman and her journey is so different from the next that I am constantly learning and developing in my career.

6. What is your favourite birthing memory?

Giving birth myself!

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

In my student days when a multip delivered beautifully on all fours but the baby came out white and had to be resusitated for over 40 minutes and as each minute went by my heart nearly stopped! The intensive care team took another hour or so before the baby was transferred, it was a very scary moment and I still don’t know what happened or why as everything was normal in labour. Just goes to show anything can happen in this job.

8. What’s your birthing or midwifery philosophy?

Just to develop a bond with a woman as best I can, support her needs and act as her advocate at a very special and personal time.

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

Yep am not changing careers for anything!

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

The joy that this precious human being will bring them (even through the tough times)!

Midwife of the week #3

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

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!