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By Paula Heelan

Like Beth McCrae’s bestselling Outback Midwife, those real-life tales come from Australian midwives operating within the outback, the place they proportion their reviews of that almost all usual yet marvelous occasion, the start of a child.

Sweet, humorous and infrequently unhappy, those tales proportion what it's to be an Australian midwife in distant components the place assets are constrained. A relocating and celebratory selection of stories that brings you close up to the drama and sweetness of birth.

Each of the 13 midwives during this publication paintings in severe destinations with few assets, yet armed with basically braveness and talent, they frequently store lives and start infants in tough situations —on an airstrip, a livestock station, a dinghy (knee-deep in water with a cautious eye out for the neighborhood croc), a troop-carrier or within the face of a cyclone. those tales are a tribute to either the ability of the midwives and the braveness of the moms. For those girls, midwifery isn't just a role - it’s a devoted and passionate lifestyle.

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Gayle Donaldson 10. Olivia Bigham 11. Jo Hunter 12. Pia Croft 13. Genevieve Brideson Appendix: The midwives – brief profiles Acknowledgements CHAPTER 1 Lane Johnson Tasked with pilot Ben Ragg, known as Raggs, 26-year-old CareFlight nurse and midwife Lane Johnson was called out at three-thirty in the morning to pick up a woman on Groote Eylandt who had miscarried at 19 weeks pregnant. She was experiencing a postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) and had lost more than 800 millilitres of blood. Lane felt confident she could manage.

One night after a very large storm and significant rain in Darwin, Lane received a call-out to retrieve a woman from a large community. The woman waiting for the pick-up was 37 weeks pregnant and had suffered a concealed haemorrhage – the placental lining had separated from the uterus wall before delivery. Together with pilot Matt Mommers, known to his colleagues as Mommers, Lane’s task was to take a neonatologist – a specialist doctor from Royal Darwin Hospital who treats newborn and premature infants – along with them and to bring the woman to Darwin.

Lane turned up to the CareFlight office for work the next day without realising how shaken she still was. She was sent home and after a good night’s rest, she felt better and was back on the job the following day. But two years later, she still thinks about that night. ‘This is the first time I’ve cried about it since then,’ she says. ‘You can be a little blasé when it comes to protecting yourself. I haven’t gone into so much detail about it since it happened. I guess that’s the self-preservation strategy at work.

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