Kyleigh Brown-Lolohea is a cadet student Midwife, in her final year of Midwifery. Kyleigh works with the Birthing in the Community program – multi-agency partnership with the Institute of Urbane Indigenous Health, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service and the Mater Health Service. Kyleigh’s family comes from the Gudjal tribe from Charters Towers.
My Mum, Bernice, is one of eight sisters. She was a single parent, and she made sure we knew the importance of education. When Mum was about 40 when she completed her Primary Healthcare degree, despite getting breast cancer during her studies and having to travel back and forth from Cairns to Perth to complete the degree.
I’ve been overwhelmed by the amazing and influential women that I’ve come to know through my work and study, and have supported my journey to become a midwife. It’s an extraordinary community of women that know and support each other – it blows me away.
My journey to becoming a health professional started when I moved to Brisbane and started work in the Inala Indigenous Health Services and met an amazing woman, Nola White. Then, when I started my primary healthcare course, Marianne Wobcke and Glenys McCarrick were some of my teachers. After that I obtained a job at the mater as a health worker, where the midwives encouraged me to do midwifery.
I’m also supported and inspired by the people that work with the program, like Sue Kildea, Tere Garnons- Williams, Jyai Allen and Kathleen Fahy who have been incredible in supporting my journey, encouraging me and introducing me to other people. Then, to see the passion and commitment of all the family support workers is incredible.
Because of them I can…. Finish my degree and become a Midwife and continue the journey of this program to help women just to feel comfortable about having babies and not so frightened of the system. I want them to know the joy of the beautiful children at the end of it all.
Because of my children I do…. I’m the mother of three daughters. I want them to grow up to know that there are strong women that they can approach, and talk to, and be inspired by. My biggest which for them is to be inspired, and to lift women up and encourage them to be the best they can.