Bridge Clinic's Dr Megan Wild talks babies, mums and her award nomination

Dr Megan Wild has been nominated for two young achiever awards early in her career as a GP and obstetrician. Photo: Peri Strathearn.
Dr Megan Wild has been nominated for two young achiever awards early in her career as a GP and obstetrician. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

Hers is not only a familiar face at Murray Bridge's busiest clinic - it has also been one of the first faces seen by more than 50 babies born at the local hospital.

Dr Megan Wild is the latest in a long line of young doctors to have studied general practice and obstetrics at Bridge Clinic, the only clinic in country South Australia to offer training in both.

Since early 2018 she has delivered babies; cared for patients at all stages of their health journeys, from pre-conception to end of life; responded to emergencies; and assisted visiting surgeons.

That work recently earned her a nomination for two state Young Achiever Awards, in rural health and regional service.

Why the focus on obstetrics?

"You get two patients, a mum and a baby, and it's a beautiful longitudinal thing - you see the mums before their pregnancy, go through their pregnancy and help deliver the baby," she said.

"It's nice to see the circle of life.

"It has got the medical aspect, surgical aspects, but it's also very holistic care that continues the human race."

She thanked her mentor, Dr Martin Altmann, her GP colleagues, and the midwives, nurses, admin and other staff at both the clinic and the hospital - a "fantastic" team without whom women would not be able to have their babies in Murray Bridge.

"The doctors and all the staff here contribute to us being able to safely deliver children within the community, which is really important to women financially and emotionally," she said.

Birthing units all over the country were at risk of closing, she said, and Murray Bridge was lucky to have one.

Though she was originally from Wilmington and has almost finished her studies, she said she planned to stick around for at least another year.

The awards will be judged on March 3 and finalists and winners announced on May 16.

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