Sharon Purcell

I have been a Registered Nurse for many years and I went on to study Critical Care and Midwifery. I spent time in Saudi Arabia and remote Northern Territory until 2012 when I landed in The Whitsundays in North Qld. Proserpine Hospital, where I spent the following 8 years predominantly in Midwifery Group Practice, is a rural and remote hospital servicing an area between Mackay and Townsville and the only birthing hospital for 120km south and 250km north.

My twin boys left home to board for high school and to play soccer. My husband and I wanted to be closer to them before they really left home so we have moved to the Ipswich area where I have been given the incredible opportunity to join New Life Midwifery.

What I love about caseload midwifery is getting to know women and their families and being able to support them through such an amazing journey in life. I believe that pregnancy and childbirth are natural and instinctual physiological processes evolving from a state of wellness that women should be encouraged to embrace and not to fear. They should be empowered to take responsibility for their choices in relation to their health and that of their families without judgement.

As midwives it is our responsibility to encourage and nurture this trust in women’s capabilities as mothers, and to facilitate and foster informed choice to allow the best possible outcomes through evidence-based midwifery practice. It is also our professional responsibility to understand when the use of technology and intervention is appropriate if any complications arise.

A midwife is an advocate, a supporter, an educator, a protector and a conduit to a woman’s trust in her own abilities both as a decision maker and a mother. From this relationship between a midwife, a woman and her family, lifelong friendships can be found.

Sharon x