Kia Ora, I am Claire Enright.

I completed my Bachelor of Health Science (Midwifery) here in Taranaki through Auckland University of Technology (AUT). I studied as part of a satellite class tapping in remotely to classes provided on campus in Auckland. My training included a large practical component which I completed within TDHB Maternity Unit and the community following community based Midwives.

I have always had a dream of becoming a midwife. Kaiwhakawhānau the Māori word for midwife, translates to the person who facilitates the creation of family. Midwives support whanau throughout pregnancy, childbirth and into parenthood. As a midwife I provide information to help educate, support and empower wahine to make the best choices for her growing whanau. It’s a privilege to be part of such an intimate and special time in people’s lives, as their whanau grows.

Studying midwifery remotely through a satellite class was at times isolating. The WhyOra programme gave me onsite support throughout my degree. WhyOra provided insight and assistance in applying for grants and funding available, which provided huge financial support throughout my training. It was also reassuring to know that the friendly team was always close by if I needed them.