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Born for the role


BPH Mia Swadling_lowresAfter working hard to achieve a childhood dream of becoming a midwife and with the fitting surname of Swadling, it’s no surprise that new midwife Mia was the inaugural recipient of the Buderim Private Hospital ‘Midwifery Novice Program’.

The program has been configured to offer newly graduated midwives the opportunity to consolidate the knowledge and skills learnt through their university studies within the hospital’s maternity service.

Mia completed her registered nursing and midwifery studies at the University of the Sunshine Coast at the end of 2021 and applied for the only position available in the innovative program.

“I am really excited and honoured to be selected as the first recipient of this dedicated midwifery program,” Mia said.

“Throughout my degree, many of my placements were at Buderim Private Hospital which is why I knew this is the place I wanted to be as I really enjoyed working with the team and its focus on women-centred care.”

“Everyone has been incredibly welcoming and supportive. I am enjoying the opportunity to build and establish a relationship with my patients and coming back each day and seeing the same familiar faces.”

General Manager, Karen Clark, said Buderim Private Hospital is proud to offer the new 'Novice Midwifery Program' and support and foster nursing capability, skill sets and professional development.

“We are very pleased to offer this new program and help contribute to excellence in nursing and patient care for current and future generations,” Mrs Clark said.

“My childhood dream was to become a midwife. Up until my early teenage years, I was still carrying around dolls. I have always been maternal and was obsessed with pregnancy and babies so I always knew that midwifery was the career for me and I am so excited I have been able to fulfil my dream.”

When asked what a highlight has been so far, Mia answered simply: “Every day is a highlight. It’s an amazing job which you look forward to coming to every day. Bringing new babies into the world and helping new mums and dads during the most special moments of their lives is incredibly rewarding.”

Buderim Private Hospital’s maternity service has welcomed more than 15,000 babies and features three birthing suites and 20 private rooms, each with a queen bed and ensuite. Expectant parents can learn more about the service and find an experienced obstetrician by visiting 

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