4th-year student, Bachelor of Health Science (Midwifery)
She didn’t choose midwifery; midwifery chose her, says Rose Leauga who is now in her final year of her Bachelor of Health Science (Midwifery).
“The degree chose me. I always knew that my calling was to be a midwife at some point in my life, so after having my third child I knew I wanted to be a part of our mamas’ pregnancy experiences.
“I grew up in Dunedin and initially contemplated going to Dunedin to study midwifery to be closer to my grandpa who raised me, but when I saw the AUT South Campus in Manukau I fell in love with the atmosphere.”
It’s a decision she hasn’t regretted, Rose says.
“I’ve enjoyed studying with strong-spirited, likeminded women! We all support each other through life while reminding each other of our capabilities. If you want a degree that will teach you to strengthen women during their pregnancies through partnership, then this programme is exactly what you need.”
Supported to thrive
She is grateful for the support she has received throughout her studies, Rose says.
“The biggest challenge for me was when I lost my grandpa. I struggled to stay focused and connected to my studies. The AUT family, especially the Pacific student support team, checked in on me and helped me make some changes to the courses I was taking. It meant that I was able to ease back into study life by only doing one course during the following semester.”
The friends she made have been a highlight of Rose’s studies.
“When my grandpa passed, one irreplaceable friend in particular kept reminding me of why I wanted to become a midwife to start off with. Because of her support and motivation, I found my fire in my belly again for midwifery. It made me realise that the friends you make while you’re at university become your family.”
Advice for other students
Now in the final year of her university studies, Rose has some great advice for other students.
“Believe that you’re capable of achieving great things.”
Rose says she would highly recommend a career in midwifery to other Pacific students.
“Our core values as Pasifika, our faith, our support systems, our sense of service to others is what algins us with the partnership model of midwifery.”