Our Sunshine Coast Midwife – Georgina Milne
I’m Georgina! As a Sunshine Coast Midwife, my passion is women’s health in pregnancy, birth and postnatally too. I worked at Buderim Private Hospital for five years before transitioning to my role with Dr Bogiatzis after completing my own family.
I love information sharing and believe that knowledge leads to better outcomes for women and their families. I meet you during your pregnancy to discuss lots of things from whooping cough to breastfeeding and work closely with Dr Bogiatzis to provide an experience that’s well informed and supportive to your decision-making.
Research has shown that continuity of care throughout pregnancy has a positive impact on mothers and babies. I can provide a familiar face at each appointment which helps you transition to parenthood through a positive experience.
We have monthly workshops running throughout the year, courtesy of our Sunshine Coast Midwife, Georgina. Come and join her in a relaxed atmosphere to discuss breastfeeding education over a cuppa tea with other mums to be. Limited spaces are available, so please us on (07) 5444 6400 to book your place. For the dates of our Breast Feeding Workshops for 2018, please click HERE.
A Snapshot of Georgina
What brought you into midwifery?
I have always had a special interest in women’s health. There is such a huge shift physically and emotionally during pregnancy, birth and postnatally, that I decided to study to become a midwife. As a Sunshine Coast midwife, I get the wonderful coastal lifestyle along with meeting many lovely mums-to-be.
What are the most enjoyable parts of your job?
The most enjoyable part of my job is meeting new women and their families, and supporting them through their pregnancy and the many challenges along the way. Afterwards, seeing them at our mum and baby clinic for that all-important postnatal care and advice.
Why the Sunshine Coast?
When I started my own family, we lived in Brisbane but we were always coming up to the Sunny Coast for the weekend. The area is alive with possibilities, beautiful beaches, mountains and lookouts, as well as amazing little unique coffee shops and eateries. Once we had made the big move from the UK in 2004, we found we could move anywhere and set up home again more easily. I love being a Sunshine Coast Midwife and meeting our lovely mums.
What advice would you give to new mums?
My advice to new mums would be to surround yourself with a village of support. They may be professional and/or personal friends, family and work colleagues, but they are the people who make you feel good about your decision making as a new mum. Let these be the people who will cook dinner and bring it over but don’t need waiting on when they arrive. Having a new baby is exhausting and very time consuming; you need to be looked after – not the other way around!
What’s your goal for helping patients?
I worked as a birth suite midwife for all of my 18 years as a midwife and I love birth. It’s truly amazing, but very often and especially after having my own family and working less frequent shifts, once you have supported a woman through her birth, then arrived back on shift, she had gone home! So there wasn’t as much continuity as I would have liked. As a Sunshine Coast midwife for George’s patients, I see the women and their families throughout their journey, all the way through to their new addition! It really is the best job in the world!
What did you wish you had known before becoming a mum?
Before I had my own children, I believed that becoming a mum would be very natural and I would love it every day. Although I certainly love my kids, it did not come entirely naturally at first – there were and still are lots of highs and lows, but I think accepting that we’re not perfect and that we’re doing the best we can on that day, is a great mindset. I realised that it’s okay for me to just love my kids and not necessary for me to be too busy creating a perfect life for them. They just want me to sit and read or play dinosaurs, or watch a movie. So I’ve slowed right down, and I’m loving it so much more. Social media puts huge expectations on families and we think everyone else is doing a perfect job, but perfection is unobtainable and nothing lasts forever. Take the time to play with your kids, and you’ll realise that’s what truly matters.
A perfect day is….
A perfect day for me includes a sleep in past 7 am! Coffee at the beach, reading a book or listening to music helps me slow down. Going out for a yummy dinner where the kids can have their face painted (favourite thing at the moment) and an early night is perfect. Until I had kids I was working a lot of different shifts and I used to sleep at different hours of the day and night. After my 9 year old (who never slept as a baby and still now likes to creep into our bed at night), a good nights sleep is golden.
Do you have any tips on how to juggle a toddler and a newborn?
I think being pregnant and having a toddler is one of life’s major challenges. It is emotionally exhausting. Gone are the days of having a day sleep, as all of a sudden your toddler drops his/her day sleep! They may be waking you up at night, refusing to eat new foods, and giving you all of the other frustrating challenges that toddlers usually do, together with you feeling yucky too. Try to ask for support from family or friends so that you can rest more. Maybe add an extra day in daycare if finances allow, and basically do whatever it is you need to do, to get through the day. Cheese on toast for dinner? That’s okay! Pat yourself on the back – you’re doing an awesome job!
I meet so many families whose have just moved to the coast from interstate or internationally and their partner may be a FIFO (fly-in-fly-out) worker. These ladies have no support, which is really hard. Make sure you fill your weeks with playgroups, swimming lessons, or anything to get you out of the house so that you can meet friends in the same situation as you are. It really helps to bounce ideas off other people and feel like you’re not doing this on your own.
It’s also a great idea to start making a little goody bag for your toddler before the baby arrives. Fill it with lots of new and engaging things, like sticker books, toys and little books to read together. Newborns feed a lot and very often that means breaking up the activity you were engaged in with your toddler to now having to feed your baby. Pull out your handy bag of tricks when you are feeding (keep it next to you on the couch or bed etc) and play or read together, so it becomes a special time for them too. Either way, do what works best for you and your family. Remember, the difficulty is not going to last forever. Things change so quickly – newborns are a bit of a blur of eating and sleeping – your toddler will still be number one, and their new baby sister or brother will just slot right into the family.
To book an appointment with our lovely Sunshine Coast midwife, Georgina, please call our office on 07 5444 6400 or contact us by email.