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Fri Nov 11, 2005 8:11 pm Last edited Nov 11, 2005, 08:21 pm Update #1

Hi guys

I am a 2nd yr male nursing student who hopes to acquire my midwifery as well and then work in the country upon graduation possibly doing some remote area work. I am wondering if anyone can tell me where aboriginal women "draw a line in the sand" so to speak in regards to male midwifes??

regards Morgan

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modified: Saturday 12 November 2005 10:25:59 am - admin


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Nov 12, 2005, 04:05 pm

Can't help you with that one Morgan, but will be watching the forum with interest. 




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Nov 20, 2005, 06:07 pm

Very interesting topic nursemorgan. I can't help with specifics having never worked in that area, but I am sure it is a very pertinent question and shows great forethought about your career path.

It be great if an Aboriginal woman or someone working with Aboriginal women could give some informed input.



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Dec 31, 2005, 12:46 am

I'd be interested in more feedback here too. Spent some time in a country town and a day with there Aboriginal Health Team. I got the impression that things like this vary dramatically depending on where they are from and how traditional they are - a bit like any culture really. And the most annoying thing we can do is ask "why?" - when they tell us, accept it. the questioning gets to the point of abuse.




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May 25, 2006, 02:15 pm

Hey There

I spent 8 months working in a Aborignal Community last year, in a Aged Care Facility, but liased with the RAN of the Community a lot. From what I understand // having been told // and experiancing this situation myself, It just dosnt get allowed, Generally a community would try to arrrange a Female Midwife // RAN. I remember having a emergency labour in the community one night, The RAN was out of town in the next community *758km away* and a female from the community went into labour, now iam only a Senior Personal Carer with Advanced First Aid Skills, so you can imagine how i was feeling, but back to the tale, when I was called to check on the patient, she was crowning, and I had to use the Female AHW to delivery the baby as the mother wasnt going to allow a male to inspect and see her naked. Now i respect this as I would dislike a female showering me. This mnay be different in each and every community, as these were just the guidlines that were set out by the Community for which I was based. I guess the only time I would hate to be caught in this kind of incident, is if the baby was in distress or something went wrong, I would personally try everythink within my power to assist both the mother and unborn, but certanly would never cross the ethical and cutural cross lines if that makes cents.

Hope this gives u a sort of idea, Iam generally not good at writting things like this.




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Jun 21, 2006, 09:15 am

Having worked as a Community Midwife with a rural Aboriginal community for 7yrs now I have to say in most cases Aboriginal women prefer a female midwife. It is often seen as culturally innapropriate to involve men in "women's business". Whilst the women may accept a male doctor, information sharing and attendance can be affected by "shame". The best people to discuss these issues with are the Aboriginal Health Workers who know and understand their communities culture.

Good luck with your study

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