My name is Karen. I have worked as a Midwife for almost 30 years.

About 7 years ago I decided to take a position as a Community Midwife in Aboriginal health. My AMIHS (Aboriginal Maternal Infant Health Service) position allows me to see women in the antenatal period and up until 6 weeks post-partum. A job which is both challenging and extremely rewarding.

I work alongside an Aboriginal Health Practioner. Together we support all pregnant Aboriginal Women, as well as those Non Indigenous women having Aboriginal babies.

What we quickly realised in our community, was that breast feeding rates amongst our clients were extremely low.

 Some of the reasons for not breast feeding identified were

“My mum, sister, aunty didn’t breast feed so why should I”
I won’t have enough milk.
Its “shame”