Meet Jess Sneider, Associate Nurse Unit Manager at Monash Medical Centre.

What is your role and what does it entail?

I work as a midwife on the postnatal ward at the moment and I’m doing a rotation as ANUM which means I’m in charge of various shifts.

Before this I was rotating between birth suite, ward and clinic. As a midwife our job is about supporting women and their babies and making their transition into parenthood a positive one.

What motivated you to become a midwife?

I have always loved newborns, I remember always volunteering to babysit neighbours or family friend’s kids. I started to become interested in healthcare and nursing when I was in high school and decided that nursing and midwifery would be a good avenue for me. It is such a broad career and provides so many opportunities.

What has your journey been like at Monash Health?

I started here in 2016 and completed a combined graduate year in nursing at Casey Special Care Nursery and midwifery at Clayton. I stayed on in the midwife role and am now challenging myself to be an ANUM in the post natal ward until the end of August.

What are your career highlights?

Every day is a highlight at work, it’s such a special time in these women’s lives and it is wonderful to be able to be there and to support them.  One of my favourite shifts was getting to deliver twins vaginally. It was so exciting delivering them one after another!

What is the most rewarding part of your role?

I think the most rewarding part is being able to support women and their families during such a special time in their lives. Sometimes we have women here for many weeks and then we get the opportunity to see them deliver.

If you weren’t a midwife what would you be doing?

I think I would be a hairdresser.

A fun fact about me is…

I used to be heavily involved in performing arts and singing is my hidden talent.