Today marks the International Day of the Midwife: a day to celebrate those healthcare professionals who help bring our future generation into the world. With more than 90% of New Zealand women choosing a midwife as their lead maternity carer, this is a group of people who work hard every day to ensure women and newborns receive the quality care they deserve. They:
- Had to study for over 4,800 hours to gain their Bachelor of Midwifery;
- Care for women on a one-to-one basis throughout her pregnancy, labour, birth and until the baby is six weeks old;
- Are not necessarily female – New Zealand is proud to have six practicing male midwives;
- Have their work reviewed by the New Zealand College of Midwives every two years; and
- Are supported by Ko Awatea’s dedicated midwife and nurse educators from the KidzFirst and Women Health Professional Development Team.
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Some of the biggest names in health are coming to APAC Forum in Sydney this September. Are you?
The theme for 2016 is ‘Women and Newborns: The Heart of Midwifery’ and this year midwifes from around the world are being invited to share the work they do on social media using #IDM2016.
The free online Virtual Midwifery Conference will also take place again in 2016, offering 14 international speakers on a range of midwifery topics, including ‘the caesarean epidemic’ and reducing preventable stillbirths.
Time and date: 10am Thursday 5 May through to 10am Friday 6 May (NZ time)
Location: Available through any computer, iPad or iPhone at https://c.deic.dk/vidmconference/
Women and newborn health is very close to the hearts of the dedicated staff in Middlemore Hospital’s Birthing and Assessment and Maternity wards; show your support by spreading the word that today is the International Day of the Midwife!