Celebrating International Day of the Midwife - Rebekah Forrest

Celebrating International Day of the Midwife - Rebekah Forrest

Today is International Day of the Midwife – a day when Mater recognises the extraordinary work and commitment of our hundreds of midwives.

From tracking down lost dads, to greeting the next generation of North Queensland Cowboys fans, Townsville midwife Rebekah Forrest has seen and done most things when it comes to welcoming babies into the world.

The Clinical Coordinator at Mater Mothers' Private Townsville said it was a privilege to be part of one of the most memorable days of a family’s life.

For the past eight years, the 27-year-old has supported hundreds of women from across North Queensland to welcome their babies into the world.

“From preconception through pregnancy to childbirth is an incredibly special period for women and the families,” Rebekah said.

“As a team, all of the midwives at Mater in Townsville work hard to make sure every mum receives the support she wants and needs, and that her baby is born healthy and safely.

“I’m often inspired by the dedication and commitment of my colleagues who ensure their patients are their top priority, both before childbirth and afterwards.”

With a 16-month-old daughter of her own, Ms Forrest said she had first-hand experience of the rollercoaster of emotions that many expectant mums experience.

“It can be a really anxious time for mums, especially first-time mums,” she said.

“Apart from our clinical knowledge and expertise, midwives can also help mums navigate some of their concerns and anxieties and feel confident about the birth of their baby.”

Rebekah said midwives help families in many different ways.

“I once had a dad from Normanton dad who was lucky to witness the birth of his third child after getting lost on the way to the hospital,” she said.

“Dad was actually out in his chopper when he got the call to say bub was on the way, so he flew to the local town. He got lost along the way and they had to send grandma out to find him. 

“Luckily dad made it into the delivery room just as his baby was coming out.”

Rebekah also said several current and former North Queensland Cowboys had become first-time dads at Mater Mothers' Private Townsville, including Jake Clifford, who last year drove 1300 kms to arrive by his wife Stephanie’s side just 55 minutes before she birthed their baby girl, Naivy.

Despite the challenges of the global pandemic, Rebekah said the 30-strong team of midwives at Mater Mothers' Private Townsville was busier than ever and continued to band together to ensure every family welcomed their new addition safely and with the support they need.

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Show your gratitude by sharing a virtual flower in honour of your midwife – and let your gratitude bloom.



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