Special moment as midwife reunited with nurse she delivered 24 years ago

By David Rak

International Nurses Day was extra special for Seymour’s Stephanie Gray and Debra Bourne.

Stephanie is a nurse at Northern Health, where she works with her mother and sister, who are also nurses.

Debra is Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer at Northern Health and she delivered Stephanie 24 years ago.

“I was introducing graduate nurses in our lecture theatre and saw Steph at the back,” Debra said.

“I was the midwife for Steph, and I was present at her birth and delivered her. It was an incredibly special moment to see her there.

“I’ve known Steph for a long time as I was previously working at Seymour Health. She is a wonderful person and exemplifies Northern Health’s values.”

Debra with baby Stephanie.

Stephanie has been a Northern Health nurse since 2016 and was surprised to see Debra when she began her graduate year.

“Our connection started in Seymour, with Debra remembering my mum and the delivery,” Steph said.

“I now work in the neonatal unit and I can say Debra is my boss. It was a special moment for both of us and I really enjoy working under someone as skilled as she is."

Debra said she was very proud of the way the Northern health nursing team had stepped up to the COVID-19 challenges.

“This pandemic has demonstrated that nurses have the ability to step into areas they usually don’t work in and develop new models of care, while keeping the humanity of patient care,” she said.

“Many of our nurses are undertaking additional training and education to provide the best possible care for our patients, including more than 300 nurses completing the education packages in respiratory care.”