Midwife shares her passion for the role
Published at: 08 May 2020
AFTER DOING HER POST-GRADUATE STUDIES TO BECOME A MIDWIFE, GV HEALTH‘S RIA HODGE HAS FALLEN IN LOVE WITH THE PROFESSION.
Registered midwife Ria Hodge began her career in GV Health‘s Emergency Department (ED).
After completing her post-graduate studies in midwifery during 2017, Ms Hodge said she planned to split her time between nursing and midwifery.
But soon after joining the team in Birth Suite, Ms Hodge said it felt like home.
“It honestly doesn‘t feel like a job,” she said.
“It is such a rewarding career.”
Ms Hodge said it was a life-long desire to work with women and children that saw her take up post-graduate studies in midwifery.
“I loved ED and the fast-paced environment.”
But Ms Hodge was craving building a deeper connection with her patients.
“I love that you can follow patients right through their whole path.”
Ms Hodge said it had been a highlight when she recently took care of a couple of her close friends throughout their entire pregnancies and births.
“That has been really special,” she said.
“To be able to assist someone giving birth when you know that child is going to be in your life is really special.”
Ms Hodge said one of the most important aspects of her job was ensuring mothers had a good experience when giving birth.
“You really become accountable for making sure they have a good experience.
“It‘s about more than just looking after them.”
Ms Hodge encouraged other registered nurses to think about taking up post-graduate studies in midwifery.
“We need more midwives and we‘d love for you to come and work with us.”
Ms Hodge also gave a timely reminder to mothers to maintain their appointments during the COVID-19 pandemic and if they had any concerns to ring ahead before coming to the health service.