Midwives celebrate at picnic
THEY all agreed it was the best job in the world ... well, maybe the second best.
Midwives from Grafton Base Hospital got together with some of the products of their handiwork at Jacaranda Park yesterday for a Grafton picnic to celebrate international midwives’ day.
And judging by the smiles on the faces of children still too young to walk, they have done a pretty decent job.
Keltie Foster was there wearing two hats – one as a mother of three and the other as a midwife.
After spending 12 years working in the army, where she was never completely happy, Keltie started nursing training when her second child Lachlan, now five, was three months old.
She and husband Danny now have three children, Alicea, 11, Lachlan and Caleb, six months.
“I just wanted to work with babies,” she said.
“I did nursing and then thought I would like to do midwifery.
“I think it is a calling. I have a real passion for midwifery.”
She said not all births had a happy ending.
“That is part of the job,” she said.
“But most are and it is very humbling to share that special moment in people’s lives.
“There are surprises every day. It is a dynamic working environment.”
She said she had become interested in hypno-birth or calm birth.
“It is a very calm and natural birthing experience for the women,” she said.
Tracy Nicholson was there with daughter Mia, two, and four-month-old twins Kirra and Gemma. Five-year-old Ella was at school.
“I had all my children at Grafton Base Hospital and the staff there are just great,” she said.
“I had my twins at 36 weeks and was in hospital for 10 days. I got really good support and I am keen to give some of that back.”
Midwife Katie Dobbin is one of about 15 midwifes to have completed a graduate nursing program through the hospital and Charles Sturt University.
“It is the best job in the world – besides motherhood,” she said.
“I love it.”