Having a baby? We would like to provide you with support, care and information from a midwifery student near you. Have you considered receiving support from a Griffith Midwifery Student?
Midwifery students are studying at Griffith University to gain the knowledge and skills to be able to register as a midwife in Australia. They work under the direct supervision of a registered midwife. As part of their studies, they need to gain an understanding of pregnancy and becoming a new mother from a woman’s perspective. This is best achieved by sharing some of the experiences a woman has during her pregnancy through to the early weeks after she has given birth.
WHO IS A MIDWIFE?
A midwife is an individual qualified to provide care to a woman during her pregnancy, childbirth and following the birth of her baby. Midwifery promotes focuses on normal pregnancy and childbirth and midwives work alongside other health professionals if complications arise. Midwives can work in the community, in hospitals, or in your home.
WHAT WILL THE STUDENT MIDWIFE DO?
With your consent, the Midwifery student will:
- Attend some of your pregnancy appointments
- Talk with you about your ongoing thoughts and feelings about your pregnancy.
- Be with you during the labour and birth of your baby
- Attend a number of visits with you after your baby is born
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HAVING A MIDWIFERY STUDENT SUPPORT YOU?
- You and the Midwifery student will get to know each other through your journey
- The Midwifery student will be able to offer you extra support
- You will provide invaluable experience for the Student to hear your thoughts, feelings and share your experience at this time
- Share experience of the first few weeks with a new baby
- Help the Midwifery students learn how to work in partnership with women
- Women highly value this connection with the midwifery student, particularly the relationship formed, care provided and respect shown
WHAT IF I AM INTERESTED IN HAVING A STUDENT MIDWIFE?
During these times of social distancing our midwifery students are seeking new ways of connecting with you via a new online forum.
- Are you birthing at Logan, Redlands, Toowoomba or Gold Coast University Hospital and less than 34 weeks pregnant?
- Would you like a Griffith midwifery student to support you during your pregnancy, labour and birth, and up to 6 weeks after you baby is born?
If you are interested in receiving support from a Griffith Midwifery student, please register your interest via email at [email protected]u.au and indicate the hospital where you are receiving maternity care.
Our next online forums will be held on Thursday 14 May, Thursday 28 May and Thursday 11 June from 10:00-11:30.
Note: You can withdraw your consent to have a midwifery student involved at any time during your pregnancy, birth and post-natal journey. We endeavour to ensure that all women interested in a student continuity of care experience are provided with a student; however due to high demand, this may not always possible. If you have any questions, please email [email protected] and one of our Midwifery Lecturers will contact you.