Each month, as part of the International Year of Health and Care Workers, we give people the chance to nominate their healthcare hero to go in the running to win an eGift card.
We caught up with our April winner, Hannah, to talk about what her job is and why she loves it!
What’s your name and job?
My name’s Hannah and I’m a Registered Nurse/Registered Midwife/Lactation Consultant.
Tell us a little about what you do?
Being a midwife gives me lots of variety in the work that I do which keeps things interesting.
I work in the antenatal clinic, birth suite, postnatal ward, teach childbirth education and conduct home visits (visiting new mums and their babies at home). As a lactation consultant I work within a public hospital, assisting new mothers with various feeding difficulties.
How long have you been working in your field?
I have been a nurse since 2013 (8 years). I completed my nursing graduate year at The Royal Women’s Hospital, which further inspired me to become a midwife.
The following year after that, I completed my Graduate Diploma of Midwifery. Early on I realised my strong passion for breastfeeding and became a Lactation Consultant in 2019.
Was this always your dream job?
Yes, ever since I was little it’s been a dream job to be a nurse and midwife. I’ve always been fascinated by pregnancy and loved babies!
What do you love most about your job?
I love working as a Lactation Consultant, as I am well aware of how challenging breastfeeding can be for new mothers. I really enjoy empowering women to overcome these difficulties.
My job is to promote breastfeeding, whilst providing women with the tools to have a successful breastfeeding journey. It’s such an honour to work with women and see them grow in their skills, and the happiness this brings.
What advice do you have for anyone looking to get into the field?
Being a midwife is an incredible job, unlike no other, it involves every part of you! It’s immensely rewarding being with women at such a life changing time in their life! It's an honour to be so involved in their lives as new mothers!
However, be prepared for crazy hours, missing social events (shift work), lack of sleep, stress, sometimes sadness, and being pushed to your limits! Summed up in 3 words I’d say the job is challenging, demanding, and rewarding! Definitely worth it!
What’s your wind down routine after a shift?
As soon as I get home, it’s shower, dressing gown and a cup of tea - straight on the couch!
What do you do in your spare time?
I don’t have a lot of time as I’m working full-time shift work, plus also studying to become a maternal and child health nurse, but I love to travel. A few years ago I took a year off work to travel the world, it was an amazing experience.
Have you ever had a patient that has inspired you?
Women inspire me everyday! It’s amazing meeting so many women from all walks of life, the challenges they go through and how they have overcome them!
If you were a superhero, what would your power be?
I would love to fly, enabling me to see more beautiful places all around the world!
Head to our Facebook page to nominate a healthcare hero you know! Each month we select a nominated healthcare hero to win a $100 gift card. As the person nominating, you’ll also receive a $100 gift card if selected.