‘One of the most powerful human experiences I’ve ever had’: A budding doctor’s first delivery 

Second-year medical student Dom Russell says his experience on a rural placement changed his view of obstetrics.
Medical students Campbell Barnes (left) and Dom Russell at their rural placement in Bega, NSW.

“The baby’s head starts to come out and the midwife throws me a kidney dish with a needle and vial of synthetic oxytocin and says draw that up.” 

“I’m a first-year medical student — we’re not really drawing up needles yet.