Australian Midwives by Paula Heelan

By Paula Heelan

Like Beth McCrae’s bestselling Outback Midwife, those real-life tales come from Australian midwives operating within the outback, the place they proportion their reports of that the majority average yet unbelievable occasion, the delivery of a child.

Sweet, humorous and occasionally unhappy, those tales percentage what it's to be an Australian midwife in distant components the place assets are constrained. A relocating and celebratory selection of stories that brings you close up to the drama and sweetness of birth.

Each of the 13 midwives during this e-book paintings in severe destinations with few assets, yet armed with in simple terms braveness and ability, they often retailer lives and beginning infants in tricky situations —on an airstrip, a livestock station, a dinghy (knee-deep in water with a cautious eye out for the neighborhood croc), a troop-carrier or within the face of a cyclone. those tales are a tribute to either the ability of the midwives and the braveness of the moms. For those girls, midwifery isn't just a role - it’s a dedicated and passionate lifestyle.

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If I’d given the drugs straightaway, maybe the mother wouldn’t have bled? And then I would’ve had more time with the baby. ’ With everyone showing great concern and care for her, this somehow made it worse for Lane that morning. The experience of that disastrous night had definitely upset her. She went home to her apartment. It wasn’t until she walked through her front door that she noticed she was covered in blood. She stripped off her blood-soaked uniform and dumped it in the outside bin. She crawled into bed and fell into a deep sleep.

The 36-bed hospital was 480 kilometres south-west of Sydney and had an aged care and maternity unit. It was where Kate’s first experience with assisting the birth of a baby unfolded. ‘It was in the middle of the night and the midwife said to me, Quickly, leg. Leg? I asked. Then she told me to get up on the bed and hold the mother’s leg up. That was in the days when midwives delivered babies with the mothers lying on their left side. So I did what I was told and jumped up on the bed and held up the leg.

My mother was a physiotherapist and a great naturalist. She knew flora and fauna very well. In 1953 my father had the property declared as a wildlife sanctuary, which meant no one could come shooting on the land without a permit and we shared it with the wildlife. ’ With her mind set on a nursing career, Kate began her three-year training in 1969 at the Canberra Hospital. ‘I aspired to several of the women in my family who had nursed here and overseas,’ she says. ‘When my maternal grandmother’s male friends were heading off to the First World War, she sailed to England under her own volition and joined the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Medical Nursing Service Reserve (QAIMNS), where she became the matron of St David’s hospital on Malta, one of the receival hospitals for the servicemen injured at Gallipoli.

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