Welcome to the very first Ever Nurture journal post!
Firstly, thanks SO much for becoming a part of the Ever Nurture family and for taking an interest in supporting small Australian owned brands.
I'm Jazz, the owner and founder of Ever Nurture. I'm a Midwife, Nurse and Child Health Nurse based on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. I'm a wife, animal lover, runner (when I can motivate myself!), adore animal print clothing and shoes, the ocean, coffee, travel and terrible music.
I thought i'de share a little about my most memorable moments so far as a Midwife....
I don’t think anything quite prepares you for witnessing a baby being born. One minute they are inside a woman’s belly and the next they are making a grand exit and appear right before you. When I began studying Midwifery, I honestly thought that the novelty of witnessing a baby being born would wear off. How wrong I was.
I still remember the very first baby that I helped to deliver (I say this because honestly its not me ‘delivering’ the baby – it’s the woman in labour!). I always think twice when I hear the phrase ‘I delivered her baby’…women give birth to their babies and we are there to support them through that birth.
Anyway, back to the first baby I helped to deliver… The excited, nervous and loving energy in the room was immense. I can still hear all the sounds in the room and I can still feel how fast my heart was beating as the delivery approached. Supporting a woman that is in labour is a privilege and every birthing environment and experience is so unique. I remember the look of relief and total amazement on the face of the parents when the baby arrived earth side. No amount of training, text books, exams, assignments or practice with doll babies and plastic pelvises can prepare you completely for the birth of a baby. I will always treasure the births I have had the privilege of witnessing so far in my career. Working with babies and families has absolutely ignited something in me.
I now support families in the community setting that are working through the happy, loving, challenging and at times really difficult periods of parenthood. I believe that the most important component of my role is to provide a sense of positivity and to encourage parents through their journey as parents.
In year twelve I was tossing up between studying Law or Nursing/Midwifery and I am so glad I chose the Nursing/Midwifery path. The personal development, knowledge, experiences, challenges and emotions you experience as a Nurse and Midwife, I believe, are unlike what you would experience in most other careers.
When I was deciding on my career path back in year 12, it was suggested by a few people that I shouldn’t start a career in Nursing/Midwifery due to the difficulties and challenges of the job. However, being fairly strong willed, I disregarded these suggestions and went ahead and studied a Bachelor of Nursing, then a Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery and then finally specialised in Child Family and Community Nursing. Of course this career has its challenges and hard parts, however the positive absolutely outweigh the difficulties.
Something I have definitely learnt is to not always listen to advice from those around you. If you're thinking of a pursuing a particular career path you're passionate about, wanting to start your own business, want to travel and see the world or have an urge to do something totally left of centre then go for it. It's far too easy to listen to advice and be turned off something that could be truly extraordinary. If I had listen to that advice back in high school then my life would have gone in a completely different direction. Go with your heart and pursue your passions.