Working As A Midwife In Gisborne, New Zealand

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My story about moving from England to work as a midwife in Gisborne, New Zealand. I grew considerably both personally and professionally through my dealings with the wonderful Maori women of Gisborne.

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Working As A Midwife In Gisborne, New Zealand

  1. 1. Working as a midwife in Gisborne, New Zealand Sarah Stewart April 2008 This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 New Zealand License Image: ' Lone evening surfer. ' www.flickr.com/photos/18095953@N00/161747599
  2. 2. http://sarah-stewart.blogspot.com http://sarahstewart-eportfolio.wikispaces.com/Employment+History
  3. 3. <ul><li>Rural community </li></ul><ul><li>Isolated </li></ul><ul><li>30,000 people </li></ul>
  4. 4. Image: ' Art deco time. ' www.flickr.com/photos/18095953@N00/161750574 <ul><li>High Maori population </li></ul><ul><li>Agriculture </li></ul><ul><li>Forestry </li></ul><ul><li>Wine </li></ul>
  5. 5. Image: ' Maori Fence ' www.flickr.com/photos/22443621@N00/51318380 <ul><li>Maori: </li></ul><ul><li>High unemployment </li></ul><ul><li>Poor health statistics </li></ul><ul><li>Higher mortality </li></ul><ul><li>Lower life expectancy </li></ul>
  6. 6. Downtown Gisborne: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattandbecky/2197426688 Worked as LMC: provided total midwifery care from conception to 6 weeks after baby was born
  7. 7. Image: ' Gisborne . ' www.flickr.com/photos/18095953@N00/109055812 Being LMC: full professional autonomy Brings huge responsibility but is very rewarding
  8. 8. Image: ' Southwest of Gisborne . ' www.flickr.com/photos/18095953@N00/109443179 <ul><li>Developed advanced midwifery skills: </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Actions </li></ul><ul><li>Cannulation </li></ul><ul><li>Perineal suturing </li></ul><ul><li>Waterbirth </li></ul><ul><li>Home birth </li></ul>
  9. 9. Image: ' Gisborne from Kaiti Hill ' www.flickr.com/photos/37191669@N00/89059667
  10. 10. Image: ' Haka in the rain ' www.flickr.com/photos/44124385307@N01/471300486
  11. 11. http://www.flickr.com/photos/felipeskroski/281731096/
  12. 12. http://www.flickr.com/photos/felipeskroski/281731394/in/set-72157594349065720
  13. 13. http://www.flickr.com/photos/smthpal/2390200328/
  14. 14. Image: ' vines ' www.flickr.com/photos/82198730@N00/81125582
  15. 15. Image: ' placenta and amniotic sac - _MG_3995 ' www.flickr.com/photos/43927576@N00/289148405
  16. 16. Image: ' Like watercolours . ' www.flickr.com/photos/18095953@N00/161747951
  17. 17. Image: ' Wainui ' www.flickr.com/photos/54447069@N00/29629253
  18. 18. Gisborne: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaij/218646241/
  19. 19. Tolaga Bay: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattandbecky/2202548445/in/set-72157603725595788/
  20. 20. Gisborne Harbour: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaij/218650927/ Reference: Stewart, S. 2001. What’s it like to work in . . . New Zealand. The Practising Midwife , 4 (10): 34-37.

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