On Friday 18th November 2016 Paula Heelan, photojournalist and author, is talking about her first book called Australian Midwives. The book is a collection of real-life stories from Australian midwives working in remote areas of Australia. The event will begin at 10.30am and conclude at 12.00 Noon. The event is open to all ages; however it is targeted as adult literacy.
Book - Australian Midwives by Paula Heelan (Photo courtesy of Paula Heelan's website)
From Paula's background of living in rural and remote areas, she is well aware of the work midwives do for women on properties and stations far away from modern hospitals and facilities and sometimes with extreme limitations. Paula saw her book as an opportunity to educate people and also shine the light on this vital and satisfying work that midwives do.
The stories reported on were not only about the hardships in isolated areas with few resources but their skill, experience and courage. They were touching, funny and sometimes heart-breaking. Birthing would be easy if it was always conducted in hospitals, but on numerous occasions babies have been delivered in such locations as airstrips, in a dingy in crocodile infested waters and even in a troop carrier in the face of a cyclone.
Photo Courtesy of Paula Heelan's website
The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation is the largest union in Australia with over 70,000 of its 249,000 members working in remote parts of Australia. Midwives are highly skilled and experienced people coping with a wide range of scenarios. Upon writing the book, Paula learned that midwives and nurses provide a vital service and make a big difference in the lives of so many families. The midwives hope in writing this book, it may encourage others to consider this career path as it is very rewarding. There is nothing so miraculous as to be part of bringing another life into this World.
The event will be held in the Meeting Room Combined at the Logan Hyperdrome Library. It is free to everyone, however you must register to attend as bookings are essential. To do this, visit the Logan Hyperdrome Events Website. If you would like to know more about the book and Paula's next book, you must visit her website.
This sounds like a very interesting event but unfortunately I have to work so, I will definitely source the book for purchase.