Birth of new fu­ture for keen mid­wives

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

W H E N H e a t h e r L e e ’ s 1 6 - y e a r - o l d d a u g h t e r i s open­ing her school books this year, the young stu­dent will be a role model for her mother.

Mother-of-four and grand­mother of eight, Ms Lee has j u s t s t a r t e d w o r k i n g to­wards be­com­ing a qualif i ed mid­wife and i t ’ s a course the busy woman will c o mbi n e wi t h f u l l - t i me work.

Ms Lee is part of a new in­dige­nous mid­wifery pilot pro­gram at Townsville Hos­pi­tal, which was cre­ated in an ef­fort to boost the num­ber of in­dige­nous mid­wives in the district.

‘‘ It will def­i­nitely be three years of lots of hard work and study,’’ Ms Lee said.

‘‘ It will be quite in­ten­sive ( but) I have wanted to be a mid­wife since I was very young . . . the op­por­tu­ni­ties were not there.

‘‘ It’s an hon­our and a priv­i­lege to be given this op­por­tu­nity from Queens­land Health to im­prove the lives and health of in­dige­nous women and chil­dren.’’

In­dige­nous Health nurs­ing di­rec­tor Roianne West said the pilot pro­gram was an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity, with 11 stu­dents start­ing the pro­gram this year.

‘ ‘ T h e i n d i g e n o u s mi d - wifery pilot ( pro­gram) at Townsville Hos­pi­tal aims to im­prove ma­ter­nal and child health out­comes for in­dige­nous moth­ers and ba­bies by in­creas­ing the in­dige­nous mid­wifery work­force,’’ Ms West said.

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