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Debates Day 3 - Thursday 19 November 2015



Debates Day 3 - Thursday 19 November 2015

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Parliamentary Record 24


Debates for 12th Assembly 2012 - 2016; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 12th Assembly 2012 - 2016




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DEBATES Thursday 19 November 2015 7434 greeted by what felt like a million midwives all scrubbed up and ready for action. I wish I could remember some of your names and faces, but by that stage things really were a whirlwind and a blur. Off to the theatre we went ready to meet our new baby. I will never forget lying there listening to Peter, the anaesthetist, and Alex and the other midwives squabbling over what song we should play when the baby was born. Soon enough, as the clock struck 5.49 pm, little Isla Grace Finocchiaro-Burke was brought into this world, and it was the most exciting and amazing moment of our lives. I especially thank Elsa in recovery who took such wonderful care of me post-op. I just wanted to go to sleep but bless her, she kept waving those little ice cubes all over me to make sure I was getting my feeling back. Please Elsa, let me sleep. I felt very comfortable and safe in your care and for that I thank you. We were so fortunate to have Chris, who I have known for years through SIDS and Kids, working in the special care nursery that day. It meant I could rest knowing that Isla had the very best of care. Over the course of the nine days we were in hospital we had the very best of care. It felt more like living in a dormitory with friends and family than being in a hospital. We had the most wonderful time and Isla and I received first-class care. I say a special thank you to midwife Barb, who looked after me for most of the nine days. She would come in and run through the mandatory list of questions and then we would sit and have a chat. Barb also took my desperate and frightened call when Isla got a temperature when we were first at home. She helped calm me down when, as a new mum, I felt scared for my baby daughter. Marilyn, Trudy and Chris in the special care nursery were Islas angels. These three amazing, completely different women carried out the majority of care for Isla. As it turned out, Marilyn and I had a connection as she had cared for one of my cousins some 20-plus years ago when he was in the special care nursery. I never had to worry about Isla being in the nursery and, in fact, I loved spending time in there chatting to the midwives and getting as much advice and information as I could. I was like a sponge absorbing what collectively would be more than 100 years of mothering, nurturing and midwifery knowledge. I thank all of the midwifery staff who I spent varying degrees of time with, but all of whom were kind, friendly and endlessly helpful. Sam and I thank Dee, Barb, Marie, Marilyn, Alex, Stacey, Cheryl, Kara, Angela, Kelly, Lindsay, Kelly, Pauline, Joy, Trudy, Cess, Retha, Matt, Chris, Amanda, Gretel and Julie. I cannot forget to mention the amazing support staff to the ward, which includes catering staff, housekeeping staff and patient services. We ate the most delicious food over those nine days and looked forward to every meal time without fail. We had the most immaculately kept room and patient support all served up with the biggest smiles and friendly faces. A huge thank you to Gazalla and Karen, Marlin, Anna, Amy, Jess, Georgina, Michael, Trang, Tess, Jess and Cearene for providing that support service to the ward. A further friendly face was Julie, who is the mother of one of my husbands groomsmen, Adam. She is also the manager of the maternity ward and runs the most beautiful team of people. Julie, you must be doing something right because the ward had an amazing feel and good culture. I am happy to report that seven weeks on Isla is doing very well and I am slowly getting the hang of being a mum. This week has been a challenge and a new adventure for us, being in parliament, but given we are in adjournment on Thursday evening, we have survived and done very well. A big thank you to my mum for helping me out this week. Without you all the wheels would have fallen off. To the Jabiru Ward, without your initial support I would not be as confident as I am now, so thank you. At some time in the future we will be back. I also thank my work experience student, Liam Mulvahil. Liam is a student from MacKillop College. When I signed him up to be my work experience student we had not anticipated little Isla would want to come into the world so soon. Poor Liam did not get to spend any time with me because he was my work experience student just two weeks after Isla was born when we had only been at home a handful of days. But I made sure he was very well looked after. My electorate officer, Angie, did a wonderful job shepherding him to the number of activities we very quickly organised for Liam to make sure he had a fulfilling and action-packed time in the electorate office. We wanted to give him as broad an experience as and as many different interactions as possible. I am pleased to report that Liam attended the Palmerston Seniors Advisory Meeting, which was run by the City of Palmerston. It is collectively made up of approximately 20 high-profile senior contributors in Palmerston and the rural area. It is a very lengthy meeting that discusses a number of serious issues relating to seniors in Palmerston

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