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Graduate midwifery program: Follow our graduates

16 March 2018 Blog
Meet our caregivers
We recently welcomed three graduate midwives to St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital as part of St John of God Health Care’s commitment to education and training. Christie-Lee, St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital caregiver, shares her insights into what it’s like to be a graduate midwife.

This year we welcomed Christie-Lee, Elecia and Carla, three graduate midwives to St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital as part of St John of God Health Care’s commitment to education and training. Over the year they will share their gradute story and passion for midwifery. 

Introducing Christie-Lee

I am excited to be part of the St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital team and to share my experiences with people, particularly if they are interested in pursuing the Graduate Midwifery Program. 

A little bit about me

I studied a Bachelor of Science (Midwifery) at Curtin University.  I was accepted into the midwifery course and three days before my orientation, I found out I was pregnant with my fifth child – yes, number five! 

After deferring for two years and having my own babies, I returned to my studies with a renewed passion for midwifery. 

My view is that pregnancy, birth and taking care of your baby is such a life changing event, for mum and for the baby’s family.  To be part of that and to be by their side when they make this transition is such a privilege. 

Every shift is different, as is every birth.  I work with a fantastic team and everyone – from midwives, obstetricians, paediatricians and administration staff have all made me feel incredibly welcome. 

The beauty of a graduate program is that I get to put into practice everything I have learned at university in both a practical and a clinical sense.  It is great to know that I have the support of an experienced midwifery team to make sure I am continually learning and developing a solid skill set. 

In my spare time, I love spending time with my family and friends and enjoy all things to do with water including swimming, cycling, kayaking and fishing.  I am also the leader in training for the Cubs section of my local Scouting group.

 I hope that in sharing my journey, people will get a sense of what it is like to be a midwife, with all the joys, the challenges and celebrations.

Christie-Lee West - Graduate midwife
Christie-Lee West was a part of the graduate midwifery program at St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital. She is mum to five children, while providing midwifery care for women as they transition into motherhood.