Sydney Adventist Hospital midwife draws mother’s praise

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A midwife whose bright and empathetic approach ensured the smooth delivery of a Sydney woman’s third child has received widespread recognition for her work.

Emily Turaganivalu immediately struck up a relationship with expectant mother Lauren at the Sydney Adventist Hospital (the San) last year.

Lauren was so taken by Ms Turaganivalu’s caring approach, she nominated her for the Johnson & Johnson New South Wales Midwife of the Year award.

Lauren wasn’t the slightest bit surprised when Ms Turaganivalu won the award last month.

“We established a really good relationship and Emily was really fun and smiling which made a massive difference,” Lauren said.

“[Emily] is just a very warm, nice and kind person to be around. She is a great supporting midwife.”

Ms Turaganivalu won the coveted honour ahead of almost 200 entrants.

The 26-year-old is relatively new to the San and is undertaking the midwifery new graduate program. She completed her registered nursing training at Avondale College.

Ms Turaganivalu said helping women welcome their children into the world was something she always wanted to do.

“I love the fact that I am involved in the biggest day in people’s lives,” she said.

“It’s not a job, it’s a privilege. If I am the one to deliver the baby it makes my whole week – I love it.”

The San’s maternity nursing unit manager, Heather Winter, praised Ms Turaganivalu and the rest of the San’s midwives for the work they do.

“[Emily] is just a happy, pleasant girl to work with,” Ms Winter said. “She’s always open with all mothers and works with them.

“Our staff are top-notch. We have both the young ones coming through the new graduate program and the experienced midwives who have the expertise.”

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