We, at Hatch Private Maternity, couldn’t be happier about the World Health Organisation (WHO) declaring this year as the Year of the Nurse & Midwife. We also humbly admit to displaying a little bias when it comes to this year’s campaign as it celebrates our much-loved profession!
Our Hatch midwives are all endorsed midwives who have undertaken additional study and training. They are committed to being leaders in their field.
The complementary theme picked by the Australian College of Nursing this year is “Champions of Change”, which acknowledges the past, present, and future leaders in our field. We invite you too, to have conversations with us about the benefits of midwifery care, the opportunities for innovation, and help spread the word about the work we so dedicatedly do.
Today we learn more about Hatch Midwife, Rachel Kunde.
Please introduce yourself and your role at Hatch Private Maternity
I am Rachel Kunde, or as most people call me – Thursday/Friday Rachel as opposed to Monday/Tuesday Rachel (Rachel DiRe’). I am a midwife at Hatch Maternity which sounds like a simple role, but the role of the midwife is ever-evolving. Mostly I enjoy accompanying people on their journeys to becoming parents.
Why did you get into midwifery?
I became a mother at the age of eighteen. That was where my interest in Midwifery began. I was very young and uneducated but had a phenomenal midwife caring for me in labour, she even stayed past the end of her shift to help me deliver my first daughter. I knew then that I wanted to do the same for women in similar situations. A few years later I became an egg donor and surrogate and that started my fascination with all things fertility, childbearing, and child birthing and eventually, as my children grew older I finally had the opportunity to pursue my passion to become a midwife.
What do you love most about being a midwife?
Sharing a life-changing experience with people is what I love most about being a Midwife. Becoming a parent is one of life’s biggest adventures and being a part of that, even for what is sometimes a brief moment in time, is an honour. The transitions to parenthood are full of laughter, tears, joy, and sometimes heartache. To be able to be there to help educate, support, and simply hold a hand is one of my life’s greatest achievements. A midwife can make an experience amazing and empowering. It’s a role I take seriously as my goal is to give everyone involved their best outcome. Who wouldn’t love their job when it can have such an impact on people’s lives?
What does it mean to be a midwife in 2020?
Being a midwife in 2020 is an encompassing role and is not something that is easy to leave behind at the end of the day. The role of a midwife is no longer about clinical skills, it’s about building a relationship with a woman or couple sometimes in a short amount of time to create clear open communication to ensure women are not only receiving education about pregnancy, birth, and parenting but are also being informed about all aspects of their care. We see many women every day and I share a little piece of myself with each of them to build a trusting respectful relationship. When this occurs I feel confident that parents are well enough informed to make their own decisions about their experience and can go on to flourish as parents. It’s a multifaceted role that sees you as an educator, counsellor, and sometimes confidante. We work in collaboration with many other health care professionals to help support positive outcomes for everyone.
How has the profession evolved over time?
The role of the midwife has changed dramatically over the years. In today’s society, we have such a diverse population that sees us supporting women from a variety of backgrounds. This means we have to be adaptable as we see women from different cultures where we welcome and respect their traditional birthing practices. We are seeing family paradigms shift which shows how much more accepting we are becoming in this world and finally we are seeing women become empowered to express their bodily autonomy which has seen a shift in the mentality that pregnancy and birth are a medical condition, bringing us back to the realisation that it is instead a natural process that women were biologically designed for. Being a Midwife in these times means we need to be ever adaptable, open and encouraging with everyone involved in the experience. I’m so excited to see where the profession will be in another 20 years time!
Need even more reasons to know why midwives are fantastic? Here are some great resources for further reading.