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From hairdresser to midwife: Talea’s story

CDU alumni Talea Cotte completed a Bachelor of Midwifery online from her home in Perth while raising three young children and working part-time. Upon finishing high school, Talea trained as a hairdresser but realised soon after the birth of her first baby that she wanted to become a midwife.

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