Maternity support workers and student midwives at the Trust, held a series of events to celebrate International Day of the Midwife 2018 with support from the Royal College of Midwives.
As well as making tea and homemade cakes for all members of the teams at both Conquest Hospital and Eastbourne DGH, there was a raffle which raised £120 for the development of a feeding room for women and their babies. In addition, the maternity units were decorated with placards to publicise the event to the women and their families and the wider hospital community.”
Sarah Blanchard-Stow, Head of Midwifery at ESHT said: “International Midwives Day is a real opportunity to highlight the vital role that midwives play in ensuring women and their newborns navigate pregnancy and childbirth safely and it was wonderful to see how enthusiastic our maternity teams were in celebrating that role and telling us why they love their jobs so much.”
Midwifery staff also took to social media to share their reasons why they “love being a midwife’ with some really positive comments like:
“I am supporting women at one of the most important and exciting times in their lives”
“It’s so special to see the start of a family”
“I can make a difference every day”
International Day of the Midwife was first launched by the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) in 1992 and annually May 5th is the internationally recognised day for highlighting the work of midwives here in the UK and across the world. The RCM theme this year was ‘Midwives leading the way with quality care’.