BABY LOVE: Ross Newton and day-old Noah Jones.
BABY LOVE: Ross Newton and day-old Noah Jones. Tessa Flemming

Beloved midwife shares favourite moments in 1000 births

A NAME familiar to almost every mum in Warwick, associate maternity manager Ross Newton celebrated delivering 1000 babies earlier this week.

For Mr Newton, who joined the team 14 years ago, it has been a decade and a half of high highs and low lows.

"A lot of this job is that you can't predict what can happen,” Mr Newton said.

"The nature of birth is that it has its own direction.

"Things happen that you don't envisage but you just have to get back on the horse and hope the next day is better.

"Luckily it usually is.”

For Mr Newton, the biggest joy of his job where those births that reminded him of the importance of family, including his own.

"I remember I had a birth on father's day, helping deliver premature triplets.

"I was with my own kids when I got called in.

"That was a real highlight to be a part of.”

The managing midwife has always been interested in the profession, despite seeming to many an unusual choice.

"I can count on one hand how many male midwives I've met over the years,” he said.

"I think it was traditionally seen as something men didn't undertake and as women's business.

"But I'm really lucky that the community has embraced me and there's never really been an issue with being male and if the couple of occasions where they're a little apprehensive, I'm quite a relaxed personality so it's never a big issue.”

While Mr Newton has had many notable deliveries, including births on the emergency room entrance and in the shower, there were a few births he was especially touched to be a part of.

"Any time time a baby takes its first breath and the mum and the bub are OK, that is rewarding enough, but being there for the birth of my own kids would probably have to be the proudest I've ever been.”