A midwife is in the privileged position of sharing the journey of a woman and her family from pregnancy to parenthood. Being involved in the birth of a new life is just one of the great rewards of this career choice. Midwifery is an exciting and evolving profession in the health care sector and has much to offer.
Definition of the midwife
"The midwife is recognised as a responsible and accountable professional who works in partnership with women to give the necessary support, care and advice during pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period, to conduct births on the midwife's own responsibility and to provide care for the newborn and the infant. This care includes preventative measures, the promotion of normal birth, the detection of complications in mother and child, the accessing of medical care or other appropriate assistance and the carrying out of emergency measures.
The midwife has an important task in health counselling and education, not only for the woman, but also within the family and the community. This work should involve antenatal education and preparation for parenthood and may extend to women’s health, sexual or reproductive health and child care.
A midwife may practise in any setting including the home, community, hospitals, clinics or health units." (ICM, 2011)
Midwives work in:
- maternity units in public and private hospitals
- antenatal clinics
- caseload/MGP models
- birth centres
- labour/birth suites
- postnatal and neonatal units
- community-based health services
- universities (as midwives, teachers and researchers)
- childbirth and parent education classes
- private practice
- in practice with obstetricians.
The Nursing and Midwifery Office have been working with the rural local health districts to plan and provide a wide range of education initiatives for the midwives in rural NSW. Included in this funding package is scholarship support for undergraduate midwifery students and student midwives undertaking a postgraduate qualification in midwifery from communities across rural NSW.
Midwifery In The Workplace
The NSW Nursing and Midwifery Scholarship Fund offers postgraduate scholarships to support the recruitment and retention of nurses and midwives within the NSW public health system.
Midwifery in NSW Ministry of Health
The Principal Advisor of Midwifery supports the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer within the Nursing and Midwifery Office. This position works in collaboration with many branches across the Ministry of Health, HETI and the CEC to ensure the profession of midwifery is well represented.
Kelley Lennon, Principal Advisor of Midwifery, Nursing and Midwifery Office
Kelley's work entails:
- Providing strategic policy advice on midwifery, maternity and child and family health matters
- Leading, coordinating and developing public policy in relation to midwifery and child and family health workforce issues
- Leading and supporting teams of NSW Health staff and key external stakeholders in the design, development and implementation of statewide projects in the areas of midwifery, maternity and child and family health
- Providing expert guidance and clinical advice to the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer (CNMO), the Ministry and Government on issues relating to midwifery, maternity and child and family health services.
If you have further questions please contact Kelley Lennon via email at Kelley.Lennon@health.nsw.gov.au or phone the Nursing and Midwifery Office on (02) 9391 9528