Daisy Pearce is the ultimate multitasker. And her job title is the most wonderful mixed bag.
AFL star. Team Captain. Prize winner. TV host. Commentator. Midwife.
But there’s no denying Daisy would be happy with only one job title:
For now, that’s impossible. Because if you’re playing professional AFL and you’re a female, you’re a part-time employee.
And today, after the weekend’s AFLW Grand Final, where the Adelaide Crows walked away with the inaugural flag, the women aren’t having a “Mad Monday”.
Most of them, are back at work.
Listen to Daisy Pearce discuss the AFLW league on I Don’t Know How She Does It:
The Melbourne captain says to be paid at all to play sport is a luxury.
“We’ve made huge strides compared to where the game was at 10 years ago. So whilst I am pretty passionate about it improving and improving quickly, I also understand it’s our time and I’m so grateful for the opportunity.
“To be paid at all to play sport full time or part time … is a bit of a luxury. I’m almost reluctant to complain about it” she said.
Daisy certainly hasn’t complained, instead, she got busy.
A trained midwife, this 28-year-old gave up her position in the maternity ward at the local hospital and gave her all to her football career – hosting a football TV show, commentating and of course, playing.
“I did a bit last year but because I was trying to juggle so many [jobs] … it was on the side … But this year I’ve got the opportunity to give it my best and prioritise it given I’ve stepped away from my other work.”
Work that Daisy loved.
“I miss everything about midwifery … It wasn’t a decision I made easily because it’s a job that I always cherish, from the first days as a student or the first birth I observed as a student midwife to the last day I worked, it is the most rewarding career.
“To be a part of that time in a person or a family or a couple’s life. To be there and … facilitate the most important time in their life is so special. The intensity of that is almost addictive”.
Daisy is addicted to adrenaline. The passion she has for one of the world’s oldest professions is still so present in her voice. She plans on returning if her AFL career softens. A move that seems unlikely.
Nevertheless, to keep her training and qualifications up to date, Daisy is still doing a minimum at the hospital.
“Some diehard footy fans thought it was a great omen that their child would play football … it does help you connect to the family you’re looking after, to talk about other things.” she said.
Her recent appearances in the delivery suite have been met with excitement from everyone in the delivery suite.
Except the Mums.