Jessica

Registered Midwife

SA Health

How did you get to where you are today?

I studied a Bachelor of Midwifery at Flinders University, through their Indigenous Admissions program. After completion of my degree in 2014, I applied for a position in a graduate program at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and have been working there since 2015.

What does an average day look like?

As a Midwife I rotate through the wards of the hospital to upkeep my skills, so during an average day I might be providing care to antenatal, labouring or postnatal women.

Currently, I am working in the delivery suite as well as the Aboriginal Family Birthing Program where I provide antenatal and postnatal care to Aboriginal women and their families.

What do you love about your job?

I love that my job differs from day to day, which keeps things exciting and challenging!

I love helping women and their families through one of the most precious times in their lives and being able to provide the utmost care and support throughout their pregnancy and postnatal period.

Working in the Aboriginal Family Birthing Program is also a dream come true as Aboriginal health is my passion, and providing care to my mob is a privilege.

Why do you do what you do?

Initially, I chose to become a midwife because pregnancy fascinated me; and it still blows my mind how a tiny human is grown! After commencing my studies and working with women, it was an instant passion that I discovered.

To put it simply, caring for women and their families through one of the most exciting times or scariest times in their life, warms my heart - that is why I do what I do.

What do you see are some of the benefits of working in the public sector?

I feel that working in the public sector of health provides so many opportunities in up skilling in your career. There is always education being offered.

Working in a tertiary hospital also provides me with so much experience in caring for women with complex pregnancy conditions, which primes me for when I eventually want to work in a rural/remote setting or the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia.

Why have you chosen to work in South Australia?

I am passionate about working in South Australia. It is my home state and where my family is located in the far northern Flinders Ranges (Adnyamathanha country), so I’d preferred to stay here and consolidate my career in midwifery before jet setting around Australia!

I love that SA offers such diverse scenery from our beaches to mountain ranges and all that lies between.

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