Liv­ing the dream with Otago Polytech­nic

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Mor­gan Weath­ing­ton trav­elled halfway across the world to be­come a mid­wife; a pro­fes­sion that al­lows her to form ex­tra­or­di­nary con­nec­tions with women and fam­i­lies of all de­mo­graph­ics and cul­tures. The 37-year-old mother of two moved from Canada’s Van­cou­ver Is­land to Wanaka with her fam­ily, and em­barked on her Bach­e­lor of Mid­wifery with Otago Polytech­nic in 2012. ‘‘I chose to come here be­cause New Zealand mid­wifery is world-renowned, and Otago Polytech­nic’s Cen­tral Otago satel­lite site en­abled us to live in a peace­ful, ru­ral lo­ca­tion learn­ing fur­ther as she con­tin­ues through the de­gree. ‘‘So far I have gained an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of what a preg­nant, labour­ing and post­par­tum woman and her fam­ily ex­pe­ri­ences in New Zealand. I am keen to use this to em­pa­thet­i­cally and ef­fec­tively work along­side mid­wives next year as part of my train­ing.’’ She feels the dy­namic pro­fes­sion of­fers her plenty of scope for the fu­ture. ‘‘As mid­wives are in de­mand all around the world, this ca­reer pro­vides an in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity for our fam­ily to travel and con­tinue our ad­ven­ture.’’

and for me to work to a sched­ule that suits my fam­ily," she ex­plains. Far from be­ing dis­ad­van­taged due to study­ing away from the Polytech­nic’s main Dunedin cam­pus, Mor­gan has found her learn­ing is thor­oughly sup­ported with fan­tas­tic li­brary re­sources, easy ac­cess to equip­ment and her stu­dent prac­tice fa­cil­i­ta­tor, on­line the­ory tu­to­ri­als and prac­ti­cal group work. ‘‘Work­ing along­side ru­ral mid­wives has given me tremen­dous in­sight into an as­pect of mid­wifery that I want to in­cor­po­rate into my own prac­tice,’’ she says. ‘‘Ev­ery day is dif­fer­ent and I get to use my head, heart and hands.’’ Mor­gan is look­ing for­ward to pro­gress­ing her

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