Today the world at large, looks at medical workers as an inspiration. What inspired you to take up this noble profession?
I worked for 15 years in advertising/design after completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts and I didn’t become a midwife until after the birth of my own children. During my own pregnancy and birth journey I was in awe of the midwives who cared for me, they were such positive, passionate professionals. From this moment I knew that I wanted to be ‘that person’ for someone else. I knew that midwifery would be a fulfilling and rewarding profession where you can make a difference in such a vulnerable and life changing moment.
Nursing and midwifery is a selfless job, working long and odd hours. How do you balance work and family? How do you de-stress?
I enjoy the flexibility of the hours that this profession offers. The shift hours work well for our family and give me the opportunity to be involved in my children’s schooling and extra curricula activities. I currently work part time as a midwife and part time running a small graphic design business and I feel that I have the perfect balance. Night duty is challenging and exhausting but I ensure I keep myself fit and healthy playing hockey and walking with my family.
Given the current situation with COVID-19, do you have any stories of ingenuity, support, compassion and kindness?
During the COVID-19 pandemic I feel that women are even more vulnerable. They are not surrounded by family and friends as would normally be the case, so therefore they rely on us as midwives for extra support and care. We are fortunate in Australia that women have not had to birth alone, as has been the case in other countries. Women-centred care is vital and the strong bond that I form with the woman is an essential part of their experience.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we as midwives are so privileged to be part of a newborn’s first few days of life, often before grandparents and siblings have even met their new addition. These are such unique circumstances, and I feel honoured to support these families as they adjust to their new lives during these unprecedented times.
What is your advice to the younger generation who would like to pursue a career in nursing/midwifery?
If you are thinking about this career, I encourage you to take the plunge and follow your dream as this profession is gratifying and offers so much diversity and opportunity for professional and personal growth. Nursing and midwifery are hugely fulfilling and intrinsically rewarding careers where you can make such a positive impact on the lives of others.