New graduate midwife keen to help rural women
Wednesday 14 October 2020
New Central West Hospital and Health Service graduate midwife Rachael Bryant says she has moved to Longreach to pursue her dream of becoming a rural midwife.
Ms Bryant graduated from the University of Queensland in 2016 with a dual degree in nursing and midwifery but has been working as a registered nurse at Toowoomba Hospital since then.
Born and bred in Augathella, Ms Bryant said she had always wanted to return to work in a rural community.
“I also wanted to get back into midwifery because my dream has always been to be a bush midwife and to look after rural women.
“Being from a rural community myself, I know the challenges faced by pregnant women in country areas and the long distances they have to travel.
“Longreach Hospital offered me the chance to get back into mainstream midwifery through their 12-month graduate midwife program and I was happy to take up the opportunity.’’
The Central West Health maternity service operates as a Midwifery Group Practice, whereby a pregnant person is supported by a ‘known’ midwife through their pregnancy, birth and early parenting.
The group practice is backed by medical, nursing, allied health and administrative teams within the health service.
As well as birthing and other services at Longreach Hospital, the midwifery service delivers ante and postnatal care throughout the region.
Ms Bryant said she was happy to be working with a great team of midwives, doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and other staff to deliver maternity services right across the region.
Since joining Central West Health in September, for instance, Ms Bryant already has done outreach work at Winton and Barcaldine, as well as working in the Longreach Hospital maternity unit.
On average, between 60–65 babies are born at Longreach Hospital each year and the Midwifery Group Practice also provides antenatal care for about 100 women a year.
Ms Bryant said having a baby was one of the most amazing events in a parent’s life and midwives played a vital role in helping to deliver that most precious of gifts.
“From the initial appointment in a woman’s early pregnancy, during the birth and through to those first few weeks at home with a new baby, midwives provide education, care and support on everything from pregnancy, diet, birth, breastfeeding and settling techniques,’’ she said.
“This is exactly where I want to be for the future of my career.’’
For further information contact:
Principal Media Officer, Rural and Remote Qld
Media and Communication
Department of Health
(07) 3708 5379