Kate Power wanted to become a midwife since finishing year 12 at high school but in those days the path to becoming a midwife was to do general nursing first, then a post-graduate year of study.
“I started nursing as a school leaver but I lost interest within the first year,” Mrs Power said.
“This is the attraction of the Bachelor of Midwifery as it is very specialised and targeted towards those who know exactly what they want to do first up.”
Mrs Power worked in the dental industry and in hospital administration and her passion for midwifery was reignited when she had her first baby in 2000.
“Skilled and experienced midwives provided fabulous care throughout my pregnancies and the births of my children,” Mrs Power said.
“I was inspired once again. I find the memory of my midwives is a lasting one and now that the 'shoe is on the other foot', I know first-hand what a privilege and honour it is to participate in one of the most significant aspects of a woman’s life.
“Midwifery is a profession that is passionate about supporting and empowering childbearing women as they make the transformation from woman to mother.”
It took three years of full-time study for Mrs Power to complete her degree, which was new to the University of Canberra when it began in February 2009.
“Graduates have undergone complex and demanding training schedules and have met a strict standard of requirements in line with international standards. This allows for international registration and practice,” she said.
Many of the graduates have been successful in gaining positions in Canberra and others have accepted work overseas.
For Mrs Power, the highlight of her studies was the connection developed with women and their families while caring for them.
This was due to the strong emphasis during the degree of providing continuity of care by working closely with women in the local community throughout their pregnancy, labour, birth and the early postnatal period.
She is now working in maternity at Calvary hospital, which is hoping to introduce the continuity model of care.