Emerald Hospital nurse unit manager Donna Milburn cradles another safe arrival in the maternity ward.
Emerald Hospital nurse unit manager Donna Milburn cradles another safe arrival in the maternity ward.

Babies delivered into safe hands

AN Emerald Hospital midwife has scored top marks at a specialised course for maternity health professionals.

Donna Milburn, nurse unit manager of the maternity unit at Emerald Hospital, was among five Emerald midwives at the Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics course in Brisbane, attended by more than 60 health professionals from across Australia on August 13 and 14.

The theoretical and practical course helps health professionals to develop and maintain the knowledge and practical skills to manage emergencies in maternity care.

Ms Milburn scored the highest overall points during the workshop, with 98%.

Typically modest in her achievement, she was quick to point out that all Emerald midwives scored high percentages in their practical and theoretical assessments.

"It's important to remember that as midwives we focus our care on the safety of women and babies," Ms Milburn said.

"While child birth is a very special and joyous event, there are many safe and acceptable ways of dealing with different emergency situations."

The ALSO course ran over two days, with a mixture of lectures and hands-on work stations, using life-like mannequins.

There was a raucous response from other members of the Emerald midwifery team when Ms Milburn's score was announced at the completion of the course.

"It's testimony to the skill level provided by the Emerald midwives to families who birth at Emerald Hospital," Ms Milburn said.

"We are preparing to implement a model of care at the hospital where midwives will play a significant role delivering maternity services that respond to women's needs in any setting.

"It is a privilege to support women through pregnancy, birth and post birth."


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