Mothers, families and midwives: celebrating the partnership


International Day of the Midwife is a time to celebrate the important partnership between mothers, families and midwives.

Proof of the close bond formed between these nurses and their patients is an experience Wollongong Private Hospital Maternity Services Manager, Julie Walsh, had recently, delivering the granddaughter of one of her very first maternity patients.

“I worked at the Shellharbour Hospital and delivered a woman’s baby there, and that baby I delivered has now grown up and had her own baby with us (Wollongong Private Hospital).

“The mother came in with her daughter, and she just recognised me straight away,” said Ms Walsh.

A midwife for three decades, Ms Walsh loves being a midwife and feels privileged that families allow her to be a part of their new life chapter.

“It is such a privilege to be there on one of the most important days of a couple’s life. Every birth is special.

“I always say midwifery is the best of everything but it can also be the worst of everything, there is nothing in-between” Ms Walsh said.

Gold Coast Private Hospital Clinical Midwife, Chelsea Dow is another who loves her role. She decided to switch to midwifery after working in the aged care sector.

“One year, because I get so attached to my patients, I went to seven funerals to get closure. I thought, I can’t do this anymore.

“When I was a student I did a midwifery placement and I loved it, so I thought I’m going to go to the other end of the spectrum and enjoy bringing someone into the world and share that joyful experience,” said Ms Dow.

Ms Dow said International Day of the Midwife is a time to celebrate all that we do because it is not always joyful.

“It’s a time when we can all reflect on the sad moments together, and sit together and look back on the previous year and reflect on what we achieved.

“For us it has been a year since Gold Coast Private opened, so we can look back as a unit and see how much we have achieved and also what we have achieved for our women and their families,” Ms Dow said.

Ms Walsh also believes it is a time to celebrate the important partnership between mothers, families and midwives, no matter where they are in the world.

“It’s important to be proud of what we do and that we are helping women all over the world, including third world countries, the midwife is very important to ensure the health of women and children,” Ms Walsh said.

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Chair, Associate Professor Lynette Cusack thanked all of the midwives who provide safe and respectful care of people and their babies.

“Midwives form strong, supportive partnerships with individuals, but also with families and the wider community,” said Associate Professor Cusack.


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