Emily Jones’ involvement in the Raine Study almost feels like it has come full circle.
The place where Emily’s mother signed up to be involved in the Raine Study almost 30 years ago is now her place of work.
We had a chat to Emily about her career path and involvement in the Raine Study over the last thirty years.
Emily, tell us a little bit your job at King Edward Memorial Hospital?
I am a Registered Midwife and have worked at King Edward Memorial Hospital for just over a year. When I first started, I was fortunate to be offered a position as a core midwife on labour and birth suite, however I have recently changed to a rotational midwifery contract. I enjoy being able to rotate through different departments, and believe this maintains my midwifery skills in all areas.
Did you always want to be a midwife? And what made you choose this career path?
The first degree I completed was a Bachelor of Science at UWA where I majored in Anatomy and Physiology.
I have always been intrigued with the functioning of the human body, but it took me a while to find my career path.
My interest soon shifted to women’s health, which led me down the path of midwifery. I have found midwifery to be both a highly rewarding and yet challenging career, that requires a high level of expertise, sensitivity, and responsibility.
I have a holistic approach to midwifery, and believe strongly in the importance of enabling empowerment through the provision of evidence based education. My role as a midwife is to support and protect ’normal’ birth, and it is truly an honour to be involved in such a significant moment in a woman’s life.
What does involvement in the Raine Study mean to you?
I feel privileged to be part of the Raine Study as it is world renowned as one of the largest cohort studies of pregnancy, childhood and adolescence.
My profession and practice as a midwife is guided by research and evidence based studies, so I see the Raine Study as a highly valuable and beneficial study which yields data that is integral for the healthcare of our society.
For these reasons, I continue to be involved in the Raine Study.