Janine shares her favourite memories as a midwife, what she loves about her new role at the hospital and her best advice for women thinking of starting a family.
Q. How long have your worked as a midwife?
A. I’ve been working as a midwife for 15 years. I graduated in Melbourne in 2004 and have been working as a midwife ever since. I joined St John of God Geelong Hospital in January 2019 to help develop the Bundle maternity package.
Q. Why did you become a midwife?
A. I think having had three children of my own, I was able to have a good look at midwifery from that perspective. I met some very inspiring midwives on my own journey as a pregnant woman, in labour, and afterwards.
Q. What is your favourite memory on the job?
A. I love running into families who I assisted during labour many years ago, and seeing their babies who are now adults. I have been working in Geelong for such a long time and lots of families remember their midwife.
Q. What attracted you to helping set up the Bundle maternity package?
A. I knew that for some women and their families the private system was out of reach, so I was keen to work on developing an option that would offer affordable, safe care in a private hospital. It is exciting that we have been able to bring together a brilliant team of midwives and obstetricians who really enjoy working together to offer that care. This is the first time in Australia that a private hospital has a totally on-site antenatal clinic involving midwives and obstetricians together.
Q. What do you think is the best thing about Bundle maternity care?
A. The team. The price. The clinic. I think families are going to love it, and will benefit from being cared for by midwives and obstetricians who have a range of expertise and skills. Our midwives also work in birthing suite and postnatal care on the ward.
Q. Why are antenatal appointments during pregnancy so important?
A. Antenatal care is when midwives and obstetricians get to know the women they are caring for, track their progress and ensure nothing is missed. We work together to make plans for pregnancy and birth, and parenting. It’s certainly not just about blood pressure. Our midwives see women for quite a long time, which is a new offering in the private maternity system.
Q. What is the one thing you wish all women knew before they get pregnant?
A. That a baby will change your life forever – it’s an enormous and incredible journey, and midwives and obstetricians are very lucky to be part of that.