Nicole Hmelnitsky: our April Midwife of the Month
For 2020: Year of the Nurse and Midwife, we’re honouring 12 outstanding nurses and midwives who exemplify the values we embody in our professions. April’s midwife of the month was so inspirational to her nominator, Alexandra, that she followed her to make sure she delivered her first baby:
Nic was a former colleague from many moons ago back at Liverpool hospital Maternity.
I knew Nic wasn’t just any midwife. Now more than 10 years on, when it was my time to give birth to my first child it was a no brainer to me to follow her to Campbelltown Hospital and go with the Midwifery Group Practice program above a private obstetrician or any other mode of antenatal care just to be the lucky one to be looked after by Nic.
I’ve never met a midwife/ or any type of nurse who’s passion for their profession just grows and grows each year. It’s sad to say that a lot of nurses and midwives can become desensitised after working in their profession for extended periods but Nic is the MOST passionate midwife I’ve ever met. She knows her stuff, she is the best advocate for her women, she empowers them and she is so professional. She doesn’t just rest on her laurels, she is always continuing to push herself and expand her knowledge and she is known to take textbooks on holidays and actually read them!
With my first baby in 2017 I had an elective caesarean for a breach baby. Even though I didn’t get the natural water birth I had planned, when I reflect on the whole delivery it was such a positive experience thanks to Nic. I felt like I was in control, when in reality I hardly was.
Just in June 2019 I was able to have a vaginal birth after caesarean and Nic was by my side getting me through it. She made me feel like I was superwoman. She is such an extraordinary human and she shares in her patients’ journey whole heartedly, she triumphs with them and her heart breaks when their hearts break.
The nursing association should be so proud to have a nurse and midwife like Nicole. She is a role model to me not just as a midwife/nurse but as a human being.