To celebrate International Day of the Midwife on Sunday May 5th we sat down with Monash Health midwife Jess Sneider.
Tell us about your role at Monash Health?
I work as a midwife on the postnatal ward at the moment and I’m doing a rotation as ANUM which means I’m in charge of various shifts.
Before this I was rotating between birth suite, ward and clinic. As a midwife our job is about supporting women and their babies and making their transition into parenthood a positive one.
What motivated you to become a midwife?
I have always loved newborns, I remember always volunteering to babysit neighbours or family friend’s kids. I started to get interested in healthcare and nursing when I was in high school and decided that nursing and midwifery would be a good avenue for me. It is such a broad career and provides so many opportunities.
Talk us through your journey at Monash Health
I started here in 2016 and did a combined graduate year in nursing at Casey Special Care Nursery and midwifery at Clayton. I stayed on in the midwife role and am now challenging myself to be an ANUM in the post natal ward until the end of August.
Every day is highlight at work, it’s such a special time in these women’s lives and it is wonderful to be able to be there and to support them. One of my favourite shifts was getting to deliver twins vaginally it was so exciting delivering them one after another.
Most Rewarding part of your role
I think the most rewarding part is just being able to support women and their families in such a special time in their lives. Sometimes we have women here for many weeks and then we get to see them deliver.
If you weren’t a midwife what would you be doing?
I think I would be a hairdresser.
A fun fact about me is…
I used to be heavily involved in performing arts and singing is my hidden talent.