Last year, Counties Manukau Health midwives changed 8,200 families with the delivery of a baby. So the theme of this year’s International Day of the Midwife, ‘Midwives: Changing the world one family at a time’ is close to the hearts of the dedicated staff in Middlemore Hospital’s Birthing & Assessment Unit. This year the unit has its own twist on the international theme: the midwives are celebrating with a picture board on the theme ‘This is our family that help support us to look after your family’.
A highlight of the annual International Day of the Midwife is the free online Virtual International Day of the Midwife Conference. This conference was originally devised in 2009 by two New Zealand midwives and midwifery educators, Sarah Stewart and Deborah Davis, and is now an annual international event. It will stream live online for 24 hours between 10am May 5th and 10am May 6th, offering 24 international speakers on a range of midwifery topics, including alcohol and pregnancy, world midwifery, kangaroo care and female genital mutilation. The conference is an excellent example of midwives connecting globally to enhance their professional development and of how modern technology can advance innovative learning. Counties Manukau Health supports staff who wish to attend the conference.
Time and date: 10am-10am, 5th-6th May (NZ time)
Location: Available through any computer, iPad or iPhone at http://vidm.wikispaces.com/Virtual+International+Day+of+the+Midwife+2014