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Emma Shipton, Bachelor of Midwifery and Master of Clinical Education

Emma Shipton

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Bachelor of Midwifery and Master of Clinical Education

Gaining knowledge and skills related to midwifery care.

The main highlight of my course was going to Vanuatu and working within a hospital there. This experience was life changing as my eyes were opened to how lucky we are in Australia to have our health care system.

Smaller course numbers, as this meant my study experiences were personalised and I felt like my teachers knew who I was.

I participated in Community Engagement by going to Vanuatu to work in a hospital in Port Vila.

Since graduating, I have worked at the RBWH in a variety of midwifery settings, including Antenatal and Postnatal wards, Antenatal Clinic, Community Midwifery, Birth Suite and most recently, Maternal Fetal Medicine Unit. I also now work as a tutor at ACU Banyo, currently teaching first year students.

ACU assisted me in my current role as it prepared me for practising in the real world of midwifery, by teaching me both practical and emotional skills so I can fully support woman centred care.

Provide support for families experiencing a pregnancy with a fetal abnormality or adverse outcome, work within the multidisciplinary team, assist with therapeutic procedures, provide antenatal care and act as a case manager for complex cases.

ACU gave me foundation knowledge and skills to practice as a midwife, most importantly how to develop therapeutic relationships and provide woman centred care.

I have always felt inspired to provide care for women and their families at times of hardship, and this role allows me to do this. The most valued part of my job is developing relationships with empowered women, and I'm honoured to play a part in their journey. This job is so fulfilling and I feel so lucky to be able to support families during their times of stress.

I am passionate about providing the best care possible for women and their families, and this often means going the extra mile to make their journey easier. I also love teaching and supporting students in gaining knowledge.

Work hard, you will only get out of the course and practical placements what you put into them! The job is hard and at times it feels like its easier to give up, but midwifery is a calling and I encourage those who feel passionate about this field to continue.