A dozen new midwives began their journey with Darling Downs Health this week, starting their graduate program with a week of orientation.
Nursing and Midwifery Services Executive Director Andrea Nagle welcomed the 2020 cohort, and said the graduate program is a great opportunity for the participants to familiarise themselves with our values and vision, as well as learn more about their colleagues and new careers.
“We are so pleased to welcome the graduate midwives to our health service and we look forward to supporting them in their transition to registered midwifery positions,” Ms Nagle said.
“It’s an exciting time for these midwives as they are commencing their midwifery careers during International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.
“It is our year to showcase the incredible work our midwives do by supporting women across our birthing facilities and bringing new life into this world.”
The twelve graduate midwives will be located across the Darling Downs Health birthing facilities of Kingaroy, Dalby, Chinchilla, Warwick and Toowoomba.
Graduate midwife Maddison Geissler said she was excited to start her career as a graduate midwife at Dalby and Chinchilla hospitals and is looking forward to her first birthing experience.
“I decided I wanted to be a midwife when I was six after watching birthing documentaries. From there, it has always been on my bucket list to deliver a baby,” Ms Geissler said.
Fellow graduate midwife based at Warwick Hospital Candi Thompson’s reason for studying to be a midwife was very different.
“I had issues with my first born and it was a midwife who really helped me through those challenging times,” Ms Thompson said.
“Her support motivated me to study to become a midwife. I want to be able to support women during their birthing journey the way I was supported.”
The graduate program is for twelve months within the health service and is an opportunity for the midwives to put everything they have learned at university into practice.