Ivy Dalgety has done a full circle since arriving in Rockingham 27 years ago with her then husband and six children.
Ms Dalgety has returned to the coastal city nearly three decades since her family unexpectedly put down roots in Rockingham.
It is not just her own family that has welcomed the mother of six, grandmother of 25 and great-grandmother of five with open arms.
Since joining Moorditj Koort’s maternity health clinic in Medina last year, Ms Dalgety has become the face of the clinic which supports Aboriginal women through their pregnancy.
Her title at the clinic is maternal health officer, but the women she helps and guides through their pregnancy know her simply as Aunty Ivy.
Born in Geraldton, Ms Dalgety said as a child her family moved around a lot with her father’s work on the railways before settling in Rockingham in 1975 with her own family.
“It wasn’t planned that we would stay here,” she said.
“We came from Merredin and we were passing through to Geraldton and we just stayed.”
When her children started growing up and moving out of home, Ms Dalgety decided to study so she had something to do when all her children had flown the coup.
In 2001 she was named Aboriginal Student of the Year at Challenger Institute of Technology before completing a Certificate IV in Aboriginal health the following year.
After moving to Three Springs to work in Aboriginal health in 2007, Ms Dalgety said she wanted to move back to Rockingham to spend more time with her children and growing list of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She said the dream to be closer to her family became a reality last year when she was successful in landing the job with Moorditj Koort.
The 62-year-old said she had been able to draw on her own experiences as a mother to help her clients through their journey towards motherhood.
“When I was pregnant, we think we’re only pregnant, we don’t realise we need all these ante-natal checks,” she said.
“It’s a job, but it’s a job I love doing.
“Some ladies out there, especially single mums, how lonely they can get and you say the right things to them and it lifts them up a bit.
“We want to make sure they have good ante-natal care and that’s number one priority, transporting them to the doctor’s appointments and making sure they see all their check-ups, midwives and scans.
“If they need support, we try to find where they can go.”Ms Dalgety said she had no plans of retiring anytime soon and said helping others was her motivation for going to work each day.
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