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21 October, 2020

New midwife born and bred in Augathella

CENTRAL WEST Hospital and Health Service graduate, Rachael Bryant, has recently moved to Longreach to pursue her life-long dream of becoming a rural midwife.

Central West Hospital and Health Service graduate midwife, Rachael Bryant, is looking forward to a career as a bush midwife.

Born and bred in Augathella, Ms Bryant graduated from the University of Queensland in 2016 with a dual degree in nursing and midwifery and has since been working as a registered nurse at Toowoomba Hospital.

Longreach’s newest midwife said she had always wanted to return to her roots in a rural community.

“I wanted to get back into midwifery because my dream has always been to be a bush midwife and to look after rural women,” Ms Bryant said. “Being from a rural community myself, I know the challenges faced by pregnant women in country areas and the long distances they have to travel.

“Longreach Hospital offered me the chance to get back into mainstream midwifery through their 12-month graduate midwife program and I was happy to take up the opportunity.”

The Central West Health maternity service operates as a Midwifery Group Practice where a pregnant woman is supported by a midwife through all stages of pregnancy, birth and early parenting.

The group practice is backed by medical, nursing, allied health and administrative teams within the service. The service also delivers ante and postnatal care throughout the region.  

Since joining Central West Health in September, Ms Bryant has performed outreach work in Winton and Barcaldine, as well as work in the Longreach Hospital’s maternity unit, and said she had already loved working with a number of midwives, doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.

“From the initial appointment in a women’s early pregnancy, during the birth and through to those first few weeks at home with a new baby, midwives provide education, care and support on everything from pregnancy, diet, birth, breastfeeding and settling techniques,” she said.

“This is exactly where I want to be for the future of my career.”

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