International Day of the Midwife
May 5th signifies the day we take time to appreciate the work and dedication of midwives. The theme for this year is 'Women and Newborns: The Heart of Midwifery'.
Midwives are an important and vital part of any community around the world and work tirelessly every day to ensure women and newborns receive the quality care that they deserve.
On International Day of the Midwife we reflect on the profession of midwifery and the reasons our own academics and students were drawn to this profession.
|Gayle McLelland - Registered Midwife and Nurse/Academic
When I was younger (a very long time ago) I wanted to work in a health profession that helped and supported people. As a nurse and midwife I was able to support people during important times in their lives which give me a sense of satisfaction.
As well as the clinical skills to ensure I could do my job, I have gained an array of life skills that I would never have attained in any other profession. Both the clinical and non-clinical skills I have learned have sustained me through many difficult situations both professionally and personally.
|Bethany Carr - Registered Midwife/Academic
I find it hard to articulate why I initially chose midwifery, because I cannot recall a time when I did not want to be a midwife. As soon as I understood what a midwife was, I knew that it was the job for me. I think it probably started on a superficial level, as I was (and still am) fascinated that women grow and carry a human being inside them for months and then give birth to them!
Personally, I think midwifery has helped my confidence enormously, as it has forced me to communicate more effectively with others, not be afraid to say what I think and challenge myself and others.
Professionally, midwifery has turned out like nothing I could have imagined. When I graduated, all I wanted was to get some clinical experience at a tertiary hospital - Never would I have envisioned being a lecturer, but it turns out I love teaching midwifery as much as I love working as a midwife.
|Michael Larin – Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Midwifery 4th Year Student
I wanted to have a profession where I can care for people and make an impact on their lives. I believe it is a noble profession which makes me satisfied whenever I see a smile on their faces after caring for them.
Personally, I hope to be able to provide the best holistic care to my patients and develop the necessary knowledge and skills in my chosen specialty. Professionally, I hope to be successful and recognised for my contribution not only to the institution but also to the people I care for. I hope my career will develop not only as a nurse or midwife but also in the role of an educator and/or a unit manager. I hope to study further in a specialist area.
|Paraskevi (Paras) Loupis – Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Midwifery 4th Year Student
Nursing and midwifery, either individually or when combined provide a near endless assortment of job descriptions, whether it be holding the hand of an elderly man as he passes away, holding your breath awaiting the symphony of a newborn’s cry or watching as a patient regains something they thought was lost such as a skill or a surprising confidence.
At their core the nursing and midwifery are about being with people and working towards the best possible outcomes for the individual. It’s about supporting a woman on the birth journey that she craves and deserves, or guiding a patient towards their own health goals. Similarly, it is about protecting a person’s right to peaceful final moments filled with kindness, or helping a mother grieve for her lost baby or helping a family to say goodbye.
No two days are ever the same, no two clinicians ever find themselves on the same path, no two women ever have the same birth and no two patients ever fight through illness the same. There is always something new to learn, someone to inspire you, a situation that humbles you. I could not think of a profession more humbling, more versatile or with more room to grow.
After just over three years studying within this profession I have been continually inspired by my peers, by my patients and by my educators. I have been humbled by the struggles of others and the role I've been able to play in bringing joy to others. I look forward to continuing to be inspired every day and hope to someday inspire others.
I hope I never stop learning more about myself and growing as a person and clinician. Above all I hope to make a contribution to the profession so I can be part of its continual growth as one of the most honorable and rewarding in existence.