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'I can’t be the only male community nurse who gets to read the gas meter'

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When I first started nursing (25 years ago) all the patients assumed i was the doctor-much to the disgust of my female colleagues. Thankfully this has changed. I have worked as a male midwife in Australia for 15 years and have had very little in the way of negative feedback from my clients. There is sometimes some initial surprise (moreso from their partners) before they relax and treat me the same as they would a female midwife. The majority comment that they find me just as caring and nuturing as any midwife. I do occasionally get some flack from my female colleagues. What I find interesting about this is that they don't make the same comments about male doctors involved in maternity....Stephen is correct, even in midwifery we are equal, and different.

Posted date

20 March, 2011

Posted time

8:19 am

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