Meet a local midwifery hero: Tina Bode

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Why did you become a midwife? 
I was working as a Registered Nurse in Broken Hill, NSW and went into the Maternity Ward only to be blown away by midwives working with women. At the time they were working completely independently, as there was no medical by-in.

Watching the connection between the mother and the midwife was very empowering. So, when we moved to Adelaide I decided that's what I wanted to do, and started my career in midwifery shortly afterwards.

Where did you complete your studies? 
At the Queen Victoria Hospital - I think we were the last training group through. 

What is your favourite thing about being a midwife?
Working with women and families and making a difference. 

Are you an ACM member, and if so what are some of the benefits of becoming a member?
Yes, I am a member. I think the benefits are the learning opportunities, connections and links to support. 

What would your message be for future midwives?
Be true to yourself! I think it is really important to link to other midwives and to be an advocate for the profession. My son's daughter is about to start Mid in two weeks time (Wooohooo!), which is really amazing and exciting. 

Tell us a little about your non-work life….
I am the mother of three boys, Max and Dylan and Sam.

I've been married for 25 years this year, which I think is quite an achievement. (Note: It certainly is Tina! Congratulations from the Education Unit)

What do you do to relax?
I love catching up with friends and family, as well as heading down to the beach from our home in the Adelaide Hills. 

What is your favourite non work thing to do?

What is your favourite movie?
I don't know... I like lots of movies. Probably the old classic movies that make you smile, like Pretty Woman. Something cheap and cheerful.