Krystal Williams is passionate about being a midwife and excited for the new possibilities postgraduate study is offering.
Krystal, an associate charge midwife manager at Hutt Valley District Health Board wanted to be a midwife from a young age. “At 18 I was turned down for direct entry midwifery and told to get some life experience, I did just that and went on to become a registered nurse and have my first child.” Krystal then completed a Bachelor of Midwifery and fulfilled her dream of becoming a midwife.
With more than ten years’ experience as a lead maternity carer in the community and as a core midwife in tertiary facilities, Krystal is enjoying the challenge of her secondment in the delivery suite. This position has allowed Krystal to re-engage in study and has opened the door to new possibilities.
Krystal admits that postgraduate study has been a lot different from the study for her two undergraduate degrees. With full-time work, two children and a home to manage this time, she says, “It has been a lot more pressured to fit in time to study and write assignments but I am benefiting from the knowledge I have gained.”