International Day of the Midwife

Published: 27 Sep 2016

International Day of the Midwife is celebrated every May 5 across the world to honour the work of Midwives.

Established by the International Confederation of Midwives, International Day of the Midwife this year celebrates the importance of midwifery across the world with the theme ‘Midwives: for a better tomorrow.’

On the eve of International Day of the Midwife NSW Minister for Health Jillian Skinner shared morning tea with midwives at the Royal Hospital for Women in Randwick, Sydney.

Mrs Skinner said Midwives provide invaluable advice and care during pregnancy and are a great comfort during labour, “not to mention a cool head and a steady pair of hands in those vital first hours and days after a baby is born,” Mrs Skinner added.

NSW Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Susan Pearce said Midwives tell her that they feel very privileged to be part of more than 90,000 births that take place in NSW every year. She also said women and their families have a reason to be thankful for midwives all year round.

“The kindness and compassion they show to women and their loved ones can live on for years to come,” Mrs Pearce said.

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