Rachael Trenouth

Midwife

With many and varied travelling experiences in Europe and Asia provided the motivation to follow my interests in Natural Therapies and on returning to Australia in 1999, I followed my passion. I completed a Degree in Health Science with Charles Sturt University complemented by Advanced Diplomas in Western Herbal Medicine, Functional Nutrition, and Naturopathy. During my studies I also started my own family. It was in this period where my own positive experiences of pregnancy and the birth of my four children had a profound effect, igniting a newly found passion in midwifery.

I returned to university and completed a Bachelor of Midwifery degree at the University of Newcastle in 2013. I then started my midwifery career in the birthing suite of a large tertiary hospital in NSW. Working in this highly medicalised environment for the first seven years of my career was challenging but it provided the opportunity for advanced skill learning. I also worked for two years in Midwifery Group Practice, providing community-based, midwifery led care to low-risk women during the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal period. I benefited from developing professional relationships with women and their families at a higher level than what was possible in a hospital environment and I enjoyed the responsibility and autonomy that enabled me to support women to make informed decisions in relation to their health, pregnancy, birth and postnatal goals.

Being a firm advocate for physiological birth, I offer combined experiences in an open, non-judgemental and supportive way. I understand and respect the wishes of women to birth healthy babies their way but always incorporate my learning in evidence-based practice in everything I do. I love working with women in the continuity of care model. It is such a special time in women’s lives, I love getting to know women and their families and sharing this amazing journey with them.

Continuing with my education, I am now working towards my Masters in Primary Maternity Care with Griffith University. In 2019, my family and I moved to the beautiful Sunshine Coast. I am very excited to work for Coast Life Midwifery, the team at Coast Life provide an unprecedented level of support to women and their families – it’s like I’ve finally found my tribe!

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