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A selection of stories from our CRANApulse magazine written by remote health professionals or students during their clinical placement
A Midwife is Born
Registered Nurse Greg Clark shares his story of deciding to become a Midwife.
“It was definitely a good night to be a nurse.” Registered Nurse Greg Clark is talking about helping at the birth of a baby “literally as mum came through the emergency door of the hospital.”
That dramatic event, coming only days after Greg had undertaken the CRANAplus Maternity Emergency Course, has changed his career path.
“The course and the emergency birth have completely changed my trajectory,” says Greg.
“When mum and newborn baby, still attached, arrived I immediately thought of the 4Ts we had been taught in the course and I went into action.
“The first T is Tone – and I started to rub mum’s belly to help the uterus to contract and to stop the bleeding. Then it was on to check for Trauma, such as tears that may need stitching. Tissue was next and I checked that the placenta was still intact.
“Having just completed the Maternity Emergency Care course was absolutely perfect. It couldn’t be any better. At the end of the course, Michelle told us we would now suddenly be dealing with lots of babies and children. In my case, that was immediate!”
Here is the email Greg sent to the MEC team:
Just thought I would drop you a line letting you know that all the knowledge that you and your wonderful staff empowered me with on the weekend came in very handy at 20.10 pm tonight. Safety brought a 2.3kg baby boy into the world after cat 1 emergency. Super pumped about that! A good night to be a nurse. Without your course and the awesome education I would not have been any use to this new family. So once again I sincerely thank you and the team at Lennox Heads.
Greg, currently working at the Gold Coast University Hospital in Southport, is planning to work rural and remote when he and his GP wife Sarah set off in their Winnebago on long service leave in July.
“Deciding to go remote, I knew I had to lift my game in the area of pregnant women and babies,” he said. “In 12 years of nursing, it was something I had avoided.
“I have to say that doing the course opened my eyes, and helping to bring someone into the world got me thinking.”
And so, in February next year, Greg begins his midwifery training.