Local students help to welcome Mid North Coast newest residents
Providing hands-on care to mums and babies is all in a day’s work for the 10 students who commenced a Bachelor of Midwifery degree at the University of Newcastle Port Macquarie campus in 2012.
Now, a year into their three-year degree, the passionate group of student midwives have been allocated a hospital in the Mid North Coast area and are being provided vital learning experiences working alongside midwives as part of the maternity unit team.
The students have gained experience in their first year working in the birthing unit, postnatal ward, and antenatal clinic and parenting classes, as well as following women through their entire pregnancy and birth experience. “All of the students are now hands on and birthing babies, and the smiles are never off their faces as they share stories from their clinical experiences,” said Midwifery Lecturer Olivia Tierney.
“The students have been welcomed as part of the maternity unit family of their hospital, which is fantastic as a lot of them are hoping to secure employment in their local area.”
Midwifery student Cassie (pictured below) said that following women through their pregnancy journey had been a rewarding experience.
“We establish a special relationship with these women and their families and we develop an understanding of midwifery from the pregnant woman’s experience. It is an honour and a privilege – I love every moment of it.”
Find out more about our Bachelor of Midwifery degree.
Watch Cassie’s video.