AWARD WINNER: Anne Eaton with her prestigious state award.
AWARD WINNER: Anne Eaton with her prestigious state award.

Our local midwife is leading the way

LOCAL nurse Anne Eaton has been recognised as a leader and innovator for rural birthing and maternity services, earning her the prestigious state-wide Emerging Leader Award.

"In her four years at Proserpine we have seen breastfeeding rates increase significantly due to the implementation of pregnant women hand expressing colostrum at 37 weeks," Director of Nursing Nicola Young said.

Ms Eaton has also introduced warm water immersion in labour as a form of pain relief and championed vaginal birth after caesarean section, which has helped reduce the caesarean rate at Proserpine and enabled more women to stay within their local area to birth.

Ms Eaton said she was honoured to receive the award, which includes $1000 towards professional development expenses.

"We have changed our models of care and staff and the community have been part of this change process," she said.

"They have supported the change and helped influence the shape of our service."

Ms Eaton said she wished to acknowledge and thank her team of amazing midwives who make the service what it was.


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